The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is joining with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a network of national standards institutes from 140 countries, and the Geneva International Motor Show to host the workshop on the synergy between the information and communication technologies (ICT) and the automotive sector.“The Fully Networked Car: A Workshop on ICT in Vehicles,” will be a unique meeting of key players from the automotive and ICT sectors from 2 to 4 March, offering both of them an opportunity to exchange ideas on the future of ICT in motor vehicles.All major car manufacturers are looking to incorporate some level of ICT functionality into their vehicles. The fully networked car is a goal of manufacturers seeking to offer improved safety and a better experience for the driver.One topic to be discussed will be systems that allow communication with nearby vehicles, for example to communicate that a car is hydroplaning and to advise nearby cars of the appropriate action.Another session will focus on a pan-European emergency call system. Experts will discuss how automatically generated in-vehicle emergency calls (e-Calls) can speed-up emergency service response and potentially reduce the number of fatalities, severity of injuries and stress in post-crash situations.Key to the focus of the event will be to show the value of establishing better communication between standards development organizations (SDOs), and how this type of collaboration advances the industry, and avoids counterproductive duplication of effort.A panel of global experts will frame the major issues and engage the audience in discussion on this important topic. Among speakers are high-level industry representatives from BMW, Bosch, Cisco, France Telecom, Magna Electronics, Motorola, Nissan, NTT DoCoMo, Swisscom and Volvo.
World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said the impact of fake news is increasingly concerning, as he unveiled plans to tackle “unethical” political advertising and the harvesting of data.The British computer scientist said, exactly 28 years after his invention, the three new trends have become alarming in the last 12 months.In an open letter published on Sunday, Sir Tim, 61, said misuse of data has created a “chilling effect on free speech” and warned of “internet blind spots” that are corrupting democracy.One problem, he wrote, is that most people find their news and information through a “handful” of social media sites and search engines, which are paid whenever someone clicks a link. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Oxford-educated Sir Tim, who submitted his original proposal for the web on March 12 1989, urged people to call for greater protection laws and that Google and Facebook increase their efforts to tackle fake news.The “internet blind spot” in political campaigning must be closed while alternative revenue streams must be explored so data is not sold so indiscriminately, he said.He plans for the Web Foundation, which he founded in 2009, to work on the issues in a five-year strategy. Sir Tim also criticised politicians for targeting voters using sophisticated algorithms to tailor messages to ones they will approve of.”Targeted advertising allows a campaign to say completely different, possibly conflicting things to different groups. Is that democratic?” he said. “The net result is that these sites show us content they think we’ll click on – meaning that misinformation, or fake news, which is surprising, shocking, or designed to appeal to our biases, can spread like wildfire,” he added.”And through the use of data science and armies of bots, those with bad intentions can game the system to spread misinformation for financial or political gain.”Companies and governments are using widespread data collection to “trample on our rights”, leading to bloggers being arrested and killed by repressive regimes, Sir Tim said.”But even in countries where we believe governments have citizens’ best interests at heart, watching everyone all the time is simply going too far,” he wrote.”It creates a chilling effect on free speech and stops the web from being used as a space to explore important topics, such as sensitive health issues, sexuality or religion.” Fake news, which is surprising, shocking, or designed to appeal to our biases, can spread like wildfireSir Tim Berners-Lee