News Round-Up 29 March 2019

Welcome to the weekly news round-up from our marketing team, featuring highlights from inside our business and the broader industry. 

Industry news

EU passes Copyright Directive

The European Parliament voted to approve the Copyright Directive this week, including Article 11, the “link tax”, and Article 13 (now confusingly known as Article 17), aka the “meme killer”. EU countries now have two years to create their own laws to bring the Copyright Directive into effect. Grumpy Cat’s fate hangs in the balance. Maybe. But probably not.

Norsk Hydro attack cost £25m

It’s been revealed that last week’s cyber-attack on aluminium giant Norsk Hydro has cost the company at least £25.6m, with several areas of the business still affected. Their response has been widely praised for its transparency and preparedness. 

Google appoints new AI ethics council

Google has set up a new Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) which has been established to advise the corporation on ethical issues surrounding AI and other similar technologies. These eight brave individuals are clearly the last line of defence against the inevitable robot uprising. 

2019 Turing Award winners announced

In other AI-related news, British-Canadian deep learning expert Geoffrey Hinton has been announced as one of three winners of this year’s Turing Award. We’d like to think he’d also join the fight for humanity when the robots come for us. 

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News from the service desk

It's been a busy week on the service desk, with the team setting up active directory integrated content filtering for one customer, and setting up 2019/20's patching schedule for two others. The team have also helped customers by cleansing 140,000 records from a production SQL database, resolving a meeting room projection issue, and working on a Windows 10 deployment across multiple user workstations.

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