Category: Asia

Russia to pre-install its own apps on all phones, PCs, and TVs sold in the country


Russia has officially passed a law banning the sale of electronic equipment that doesn’t have Russian software pre-installed on it. The law — which is set to go into effect starting July 1, 2020 — will force electronic equipment sold in Russia — such as smartphones, computers, and smart TVs — to ship pre-installed with apps from Russian tech firms. The bill was tabled in the parliament earlier this month. The government is expected to publish for each device type a list of Russian software that manufacturers will need to include on devices sold in the country. “The bill provides Russian…

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265 Indian fake news sites caught pushing anti-Pakistan propaganda


Researchers have discovered a network of 265 fake local news sites — named after defunct newspaper and media outlets — across 65 countries that are being used to disseminate anti-Pakistan coverage and serve Indian governmental interests. Uncovered by the EU DisinfoLab, an EU-based NGO focused on researching sophisticated disinformation campaigns, the operations were traced back to a group of Indian companies, NGOs, and think tanks. The sites — such as 4newsagency.com, eptoday.com, and timesofgeneva.com — operated by serving syndicated news from Russia Today and Voice of America. But the researchers said they “unexpectedly” found a large number of articles related…

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