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Inside CTO/CIO (Mar 28th, 2019)

Google's AI council / Adobe Commerce Cloud / Open Data Initiative plans

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1. Ethics in AI is a battleground this week with the controversial launch of Google's Advanced Technology External Advisory Council. The council intends to produce industry-focused recommendations for companies (like Google) and researchers working in facial recognition, with emphasis on mitigating bias and discrimination in AI. However, Google immediately came under criticism for its inclusion of Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James, who has made public statements contrary to the council's ethical mission of inclusion. The global council for considering ethical issues of AI and other emerging tech plans to publish a report at the end of this year. --VERGE


2. Adobe announced the launch of Commerce Cloud, building on the company’s $1.68 billion acquisition of Magento. Commerce is a fully-managed version of Magento and is integrated with Adobe tools that include Analytics Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Advertising Cloud. With Commerce Cloud, Adobe adds dashboards for managing e-commerce strategy as well as unique integration with Amazon marketplace. Jason Woosley, Adobe’s Experience Business VP of Commerce Product & Platform, said it'll focus on global B2C and B2B companies "to support multiple brands, sites and countries and to orchestrate commerce across every channel." --TECHCRUNCH


3. The Open Data Initiative added partners and solidified Microsoft's plans with Adobe and SAP to standardize on a common data format (Microsoft’s Common Data Model). The goal is for joint customers to easily move data among the various services each partner offers. Other components of ODI include the Azure Data Lake and various other Microsoft cloud services. Adobe and SAP both said Azure will become their “preferred” cloud platform; other partners include Accenture Plc., Amadeus IT Group SA, and more. Microsoft today made several other announcements, like its expansion of Azure IP Advantage, which provides its Azure users with protection against patent trolls -- and is also donating 500 patents to LOT Network startups. --SILICON ANGLE


4. The UK's review of Huawei telecommunications equipment found “significant” security problems. A report released today stated there were “underlying defects” in Huawei’s software engineering and security processes -- and said there are new “significant technical issues." The world’s largest maker of mobile network equipment is facing a ban in the US under accusations of Chinese government spying. Despite that, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre said it “does not believe that the defects identified are a result of state interference.” --NYT


5. Headcount at Oracle took a hit as the company cuts jobs in its race to compete with AWS. Oracle will cut hundreds of employees; the company said it was all to focus on Oracle's Gen 2 Cloud. It joins PayPal, Instacart, SAP and others making big cuts by May. --ZDNET

6. Email is going from static to dynamic with the launch of Google's AMP for Email. Support is coming soon to other major email providers like Yahoo Mail Outlook and Mail.ru. Companies that already support the new format are Booking.com, Despegar, Doodle, Ecwid, Freshworks, Nexxt, OYO Rooms, Pinterest, and redBus. --TECHCRUNCH

7. Real digital transformation is in a multi-year global agreement between AWS and Volkswagen. In creating the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud, VW will use AWS' internet of things, machine learning, analytics and computing solutions for plant assembly efficiency, vehicle quality and production flexibility, pulling data from 122 of Volkswagen's manufacturing plants. --CIO DIVE

8. In need of IT talent, a group of CIOs created STEM Advantage. The program doubles as a talent pipeline and a way to bring women and underserved communities into STEM careers through paid internships. --CIO

9. Competition in the dark web data intelligence space escalated as Terbium raised $2 million from Omidyar Network. More than 10,000 users including Mastercard and Thomson Reuters use Matchlight, Terbium’s dark web search system. --CYBERSCOOP

10. Help for G Suite admins to simplify managing Google Groups may already be in place. Your admins should review Groups settings now, as Google has quietly introduced several improvements to Groups between late 2018 and mid-2019. --TECH REPUBLIC


This newsletter is curated and authored by author and reporter Violet Blue, who covers security and privacy for outlets ranging from CBS News and CNET to Financial Times and ZDNet. Ms. Blue has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, she writes the Engadget column "Bad Password," and she is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet is on the Advisory Board for privacy nonprofit Without My Consent and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Find her sharing thoughts on Twitter @violetblue.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).


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