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Salesforce launches three new services for its Work.com. The latter is an application package designed to help companies organize the re-entry of their employees into the post-Corona office.

Health and finance tested

Wellbeing is designed to help employees understand and improve their physical, emotional, social, financial and professional well-being. To do this, they should conduct confidential health assessments and tests on their personal plans. They are part of their own workspace and should be integrated into the daily work routine.

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Bsi: technical guideline for secure online voting

With the just published Technical Guideline TR-03162, the German Federal Office for Information Security specifies security requirements for conducting online social security elections. A day earlier, the Federal Ministry of Health had announced the "Ordinance on the technical and organizational requirements for the implementation of an online election as part of the model project pursuant to Section 194a of the Fifth Book of the German Social Code (Sozialgesetzbuch)" – briefly online election regulation – submitted yesterday 1. October 2020. It will enable eligible voters in the 2023 social security elections to cast their ballots online as an alternative to absentee voting.

The Online Election Ordinance refers in § 4 to securing the elections according to the based "state of the art", which the BSI underpins in TR-03162 with corresponding measures. In the future, a publication in the Federal Gazette is to refer to updated security measures. The guideline first describes the basic specifications and requirements for the implementation of the model project. The information security concept to be drawn up for the elections is to be based on the methodology and systematics of the BSI IT-Grundschutz, which is briefly introduced in TR-03162.

Concrete requirements for security

Security-relevant topics such as the establishment of an information security management system (ISMS), current cryptographic methods for encryption, electronic signatures and time stamps, and trust services are dealt with first. In addition, the policy lists potential attack vectors ranging from tampering with voting directories, to distributing malicious code, to falsifying results, to influencing voters, and more. The further structure of the guideline systematically works through the individual steps of an election with concrete specifications – preparation, execution, determination of the election result and post-processing.

Samsung reuses old galaxy phones for medical exams

Samsung is using old Galaxy smartphones in combination with a special camera for mobile eye examinations in developing and emerging countries. The discarded phones will not only be used to take pictures, but the photos will also be analyzed to detect eye diseases. This makes medical examinations much more favorable and easier to perform than at an ophthalmologist’s office.

According to Samsung, the Eyelike fundus camera, along with the reused Galaxy smartphones, is already being used in Vietnam, India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. There, patients are screened with this diagnostic camera for conditions that can lead to blindness, including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

Samsung EYELIKE

Samsung reuses old galaxy phones for medical exams

EYELIKE fundus camera displays at Samsung Developer Conference 2019

Study: smartphones are unaffordable for billions of people

Smartphones are unaffordable for billions of people worldwide. Nearly 2.5 billion people live in countries where a cell phone costs at least a quarter of a month’s or even a year’s income, the Alliance for Affordable Internet reports. Many people could not afford data packages either.

Drastic price differences

The alliance compared smartphone prices in 70 low- and middle-income countries with a combined population of more than five billion. In Sierra Leone in West Africa, such a cell phone is the most expensive. It costs more than six average monthly wages, the equivalent of 225 euros. Burundi is the next most expensive country, followed by India. In a place where almost one-fifth of the world’s population lives, the cheapest device costs two average monthly salaries, almost 300 euros. By contrast, a smartphone in Botswana or Jamaica costs only about 20 euros, around five percent of the average monthly income.

For one thing, the standard of living is higher in these countries and people have more money, says Teddy Woodhouse, research director at the Web Foundation, to the German Press Agency. But there data providers also offered devices without brand names. "The devices aren’t very fancy and often have slower processors and cameras and smaller memories", said Woodhouse. But as an entry-level device they are sufficient.