Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 100

Marketing 14th January 2022

Hello and welcome back to another Friday Tech Round Up!

Today is a very exciting day for ECS, because we’re celebrating 100 episodes of the Friday Tech Round Up. We’d just like to say a huge thank you to ECS’er, Eloisa Tovee, for getting the series going, to all other hosts who have helped over the years – especially to our newest host Louise Fenn, and of course, to everyone for following along!

For anyone unfamiliar with the Friday Tech Round Up, every Friday for the past 100 weeks, we’ve combed news outlets to bring you the latest and greatest in tech news.

This week we look at an AI powered tool that aims to unburden healthcare professionals from tedious data entry, Meta loses an attempt to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit and an open-source developer purposely corrupts a pair of open-source libraries – just to name a few.

Our latest episode of our Friday Tech Round Up can be found on our YouTube channel, but if you’d prefer to scroll the headlines look no further.

Friday Tech Round Up – Episode 100

AI advances for healthcare

AI-powered transcription platform DeepScribe has raised $30 million to try and unburden doctors from tedious data entry.

The company, prompted by the creators’ own experiences, aims to allow healthcare professionals to focus on their patients by launching ambient voice AI technology that summarises natural patient-physician conversations.


Cloud providers under the microscope

Cloud giants are reportedly facing greater scrutiny from UK financial regulators.

The UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority is planning to step up its supervision of major cloud providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as concerns grow that a service outage or data breach could seriously disrupt the country’s increasingly cloud-reliant banking system.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the Financial Times says the PRA is investigating how to access more data from tech giants, including information on their services’ operational resilience.


Government tries to get a handle on market dominance

Meta has lost an attempt to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit demanding it sells WhatsApp and Instagram.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said when filing the lawsuit, Facebook “used its monopoly power to crush smaller rivals and snuff out competition, all at the expense of everyday users”.

The case is one of the most significant in the US government’s ongoing efforts to rein in the perceived power and market dominance of the big tech companies.


Open-source developer goes rogue

An open-source developer has reportedly purposefully corrupted a pair of open-source libraries.

These libraries are on GitHub and software registry NPM, with updates triggering infinite loops, leading to thousands of projects ceasing to function.

This left several users of popular open-source projects, such as Amazon’s Cloud Development Kit, in shock with applications printing gibberish messages on their console.


Cyber security failure a worldwide concern

The World Economic Forum has warned that cyber security failure is one of the biggest risks facing countries and businesses.

This comes as threats such as ransomware and nation-state-backed attacks boom and organisations become more reliant on technology.

Misinformation and the growing inequality between those who have access to digital services and those who don’t were also cited in the Report.


ECS shoutouts

Make sure to check out our latest blog by our very own Fraser Brown – one of our newest Delivery Consultants, where he discusses what homomorphic encryption is, how it works, and how it could be applied.

In case you missed the latest Tech³Podcast, Niall McDonagh joined our hosts to talk about different types of adversity he’s faced whilst working in technology, as well as the extraordinary journey he’s been on, navigating different reactions to his sexuality at various points of his career.

And that’s it!

Thank you for joining us for episode 100! Be sure to check in next week for even more tech news.

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