In recent decades, the IT sector has been Romania's wonder-child, maintaining steady growth supported largely by outsourcing companies. Located at the Eastern border of the European Union, only one hour ahead of Berlin and three hours' flight from London, the country became a flourishing technology hub. Both companies and developers are capitalising on several government initiatives, and know how to work the system to best effect. Romania doesn't offer lowest prices in the outsourcing business, but it is highly competitive when you take into account the level of technical proficiency and soft skills in the country, "superior to what is typically found in other outsourcing locations," according to IDC. Young and motivated professionals with European values and a mastery of not only English but German, French and Italian as well, are a crucial part of Romania's appeal, according to the analyst house. The fairly low salaries of the IT workers compared to the West, their skills and the … [Read more...] about IT outsourcing: As Romania vies to be the new India, can the country keep up?
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It's been just over a year since documents leaked by Edward Snowden first made their way into headlines, revealing the NSA had been indiscriminately collecting the call data of millions of Verizon customers. Now, the Australian Federal Government is looking to introduce a bill that will legislate for the mandatory collection of metadata by the country's telecommunications providers and ISPs, for use by law enforcement and security agencies. In doing so, the Australian Government has initiated public debate on the value of metadata, making claims about data retention that have drawn the ire of both privacy advocates and ISPs. Chief among them are claims that the data is already being collected by telecommunications providers and already being used by law enforcement and security agencies to target criminals and suspected terrorists. But as post-Snowden awareness of government surveillance grows, the proposed legislation is raising major concerns for Australian citizens who are … [Read more...] about The metadata debate: What you need to know about data retention
This was a bad idea. With that thought pulsing through my addled brain, I stand staring at the wrought-iron structure of the Victorian-era Newcastle station at 6:30 in the morning. I've been awake for an hour or so. Sometime tonight, barring any surprises, I'll be in Spain. Between here and there, over 1,000 miles, three high-speed trains, a subway, and a bus. Adding in time waiting or transferring between stations, and the next 14 hours are spoken for. Why do I keep doing this to myself? The simple answer is that I'd spent the weekend with my friend Kay in Newcastle, in northeast England (really, to eat at the incredible Allard's, but let's say it was to see my friend). I'd planned on heading to northern Spain afterward, but it turned out to be more difficult than I expected. The flight options were either expensive, terrible or a perfect blend of expensive and terrible. Staring down the barrel of spending the better part of a day on planes and in airports anyway, I had … [Read more...] about I crossed 3 countries in 14 hours on 4 trains and a bus. And I’m not dead.
The UK has brought the Brexit debate to a clear resolution: the country has voted to leave the European Union. But while the 72 percent of Britons who have cast their vote appear to have done so with confidence, their search histories tell another story.Thanks to Google Trends data, it's possible for us to see what doubts and questions voters typed into the search engine in the privacy of their own homes. Not all of them inspire a vote of confidence. Others are telling of the reactions and concerns of the British public now that Brexit is a reality. Now Playing: Watch this: Britain votes to leave the European Union 1:20 Some of the frequently asked questions cropping up in Google from within the UK include: "What is the EU?" and "What happens if we leave the EU?" The former was the second top UK question on the EU after the results were officially announced. The latter saw more than a 250 percent spike after polls closed. More on Brexit What the UK leaving the EU means for … [Read more...] about ‘What is the EU?’ trends on Google in the UK as the country votes for Brexit
Jan Koum, the man behind one of the most popular communication tools on the planet- WhatsApp, is leaving the company he co-founded. According to reports, Koum's departure comes following numerous clashes with parent company Facebook, over user privacy. Facebook, which acquired WhatsApp back in 2014, has been attempting to siphon personal data of WhatsApp users and sought to weaken its encryption, in order to make conversations readable for WhatsApp’s business customers. Considering the circumstances, Kuam (an advocate of user privacy) walking away from the company, doesn't come as a surprise at all. Jan Koum, like many Silicon Valley leaders, is an immigrant. Born and brought up in Ukraine during the 80s. Koum knew the importance of personal privacy in communication and the danger of authorities eavesdropping better than anyone else. In a personal blog post in 2014, following the Facebook takeover, Koum stated that the principle of private communication is very personal for him … [Read more...] about Departing WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum championed the principle of private communication