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Web browser Brave is leading the fight against surveillance capitalism

“Everyone is being heavily surveilled and profiled,” warns Dr Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy Officer at Brave, a new privacy-focused web browser. “Information about what you’re reading, watching and listening to online is being broadcast out to hundreds of thousands of companies; this happens hundreds of billions of times a day, everywhere.” It is, in Ryan’s words, “the biggest date breach that we’ve ever experienced.”

Although awareness of tech companies’ data gathering has grown in recent years – especially with the 2018 introduction of GDPR – many consumers still struggle to know what’s happening with their data and who they can trust with it. Ryan – who will deliver a keynote at the Cloud Expo Europe Main Stage this March – says Brave is the answer to this problem.


CTO Interview: How Oxfam’s cloud migration boosted donations and reduced costs

“Unlike many other organisations, Oxfam can’t predict when the next disaster will happen and when we need to ramp up or deploy new systems” says Nick Mitrovic, CTO of the charity. Technology staff at charities, government bodies, international organisations and some private sector firms know this scenario all too well. When disaster strikes, a co-ordinated response is needed fast. “At any given time, on average, our teams are responding to more than 20 emergencies worldwide.”


Lloyds Banking Group lines up Microsoft Azure as part of £3 billion tech splurge

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) has partnered with Microsoft to accelerate the group’s digital transformation as part of a multibillion-pound tech investment pledge announced two years ago.

The strategic partnership will see the tech giant develop a “modern digital workplace” for the group, which has committed to investing £3 billion in technology to bring its offerings up to speed with agile challenger banks like Monzo and Revolut.

Under the partnership, LBG will get the full force of Microsoft Managed Desktop: Office 365 productivity tools, Microsoft-managed security and feature updates, and a cloud-based “advanced device solution” to support the group’s currency management. 


Google joins battle to capture India’s growing cloud market

Google is the latest major cloud provider to set its sights on the thriving Indian market, joining fellow “big three” players AWS & Azure in stepping up commercial efforts in the country.

The technology giant’s cloud arm has penned a deal with Airtel which will see India’s third-largest telco offer G Suite’s cloud-based applications to small and medium businesses.

The telco, which boasts over 325 million subscribers, currently serves over 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses and startups in the country, in addition to 2,500 large businesses.


Microsoft stores Superman movie on quartz glass in Azure cloud storage concept

Microsoft and Warner Bros have teamed up to store the 1978 movie Superman on a piece of quartz glass the size of a drinks coaster.

The achievement is part of a Microsoft Azure initiative called Project Silica, aimed at developing long-lasting storage technologies for the cloud that reduce the provider’s long-term storage costs and environmental footprint.



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