Gartner sees ‘internet of behaviors,’ automation, AI, experiences key 2021 technologies


The “internet of behaviors,” total experiences, anywhere operations, automation and AI engineering are among the top strategic technologies for chief information officers for 2021, according to Gartner.

The research firm, which is holding its Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo virtually, outlined its top strategic technologies and the theme is “plasticity,” or the ability to adapt to changing conditions. Gartner’s top strategic technologies are clearly influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and how enterprises had to go digital in a hurry.

Rest assured that Gartner has its share of buzzwords in its 2021 trends listing, but the technologies in whole tell a story. Here’s a look at the trends and some color commentary.

Internet of Behaviors, or IoB. Gartner argues that IoB combines technologies focused on tracking individuals such as location and facial recognition and connects the data and maps them to behavioral events. By 2025, half the world’s population will be subject to

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NSW government inks AU$328m internet upgrade deal with Telstra

The New South Wales government has partnered with Telstra to deliver internet upgrades to more than 2,000 public schools across the state.

Expected to cost AU$328 million, the project is expected to see more than 5,200 km of fibre be rolled out, which the government boasted would increase internet speeds by more than 10-fold.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the upgrade would deliver faster, more reliable internet access to enable more reliable video conferencing and quicker downloads.

“This upgrade will bypass existing network constraints meaning all our schools will be on a high-speed connection in the next 18 months, three years ahead of schedule,” she said.

The project will also give students access to new immersive learning opportunities, Mitchell added.

This deal will extend the long-running partnership that has existed between the NSW government and Telstra.

“We know that digital inclusion, particularly for students, is a lead indicator for

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The moon is getting 4G internet before 4 billion earthlings

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NASA has selected Nokia as the official cellular provider to the moon. The Finnish telco won a $14.1 million contract to build a 4G LTE base station on the moon by 2022 as part of the Artemis program, NASA’s effort to establish a sustained human presence on its nearest celestial neighbor.

That means the lunar surface will have 4G coverage before roughly 4.5 billion earthlings do.

Just 3.9 billion people (51% of the world’s population) had some form of internet access in 2018, according to data from American IT conglomerate Cisco. The company predicts that by 2023, when the lunar cell network is up and running, two-thirds of the globe—5.3 billion people—will be online.


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But not all internet access is equal. In 2023, about a third of internet-enabled mobile devices will connect to 2G or 3G networks, Cisco predicts. That leaves about 4.5 billion

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MoffettNathanson media/Internet look praises Fox; sees long-term upside for Netflix, Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU)

MoffettNathanson’s latest look at media/Internet names raises the specter of whether the sector is in a bubble – comparing current valuation approaches to those taken in the dot-com bubble-and-crash of 1999-2000.

But the firm sees some long-term value in premium names due to structural tailwinds; that includes names it’s Neutral on, like Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU), where it’s raised its price target to $170 from $145, and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), where it maintains a target of $390.

On the positive side, it still sees Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) as a Buy due to fundamentals and an attractive valuation. It’s bumped that price target to $37 from $36 (implying 42% upside).

And on the downside, it thinks Omnicom (NYSE:OMC) has limited upside and rates it a Sell. Its price target of $45 implies 11.5% downside.

The firm reiterated its Neutral rating on ViacomCBS (NASDAQ:VIAC) but raised its price target to $27 from $25 (vs.

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A double edged sword: hopes and fears for children as fast internet reaches Pacific | World news

From the narrow bay of Sydney’s Tamarama Beach, a cable twice as thick as garden hose, carrying optic fibre thinner than human hair, stretches along the ocean floor linking Australia to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

The Coral Sea cable will provide, for the first time, fast internet to Australia’s near Pacific island neighbours. A similar link, called Manatua One Polynesia – connecting Samoa, Niue, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia – was declared “ready for service” in July.

But a new report from Western Sydney University, Plan International, and Child Fund Australia says the Pacific’s emerging connectivity boom brings with it both opportunity and risk, with particular concern for the safety of women and girls online.

Researchers found while both children and adults welcomed opportunities for education, social connectivity, and entertainment, many held concerns: 77% of children surveyed said they feared accessing inappropriate content like horror movies

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QAnon Haven 8kun Briefly Shut Down by Internet Providers

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The last haven for “real” Qdrops, 8kun (previously called 8chan), briefly went down Sunday night after a security researcher called the head of CNServers, the anti-denial-of-service provider that controversial site uses to stay online. CNServers quickly pulled their support for the message board, resulting in a vanishingly brief outage.

The site currently runs on a web services provider in Vancouver, Washington, called VanwaTech, also known as OrcaTech. Attempts to ask the provider’s founder, Nick Lin, to take the sites down have thus far been rebuffed, and so a security researcher name Ron Guilmette contacted CNServers in Hillsboro, Oregon, telling the company that he was surprised that the small provider was protecting the site. A few minutes later, CNServers canceled the services it provided to another internet provider, Spartan Host Ltd., essentially knocking Q offline

This kind of tangled web of service providers is common, especially

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Indiana police recruit fired for participating in a Neo-Nazi internet forum

A police recruit in Lafayette, Indiana, has been terminated after an internal affairs investigation determined he participated in an online Neo-Nazi chat forum, authorities announced Saturday.

a man standing in front of a door: Lafayette Police Department in Indiana said they fired recruit officer Joseph Zacharek.

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Lafayette Police Department in Indiana said they fired recruit officer Joseph Zacharek.

A Twitter user brought recruit officer Joseph Zacharek to the attention of Lafayette Police Department late Friday, identifying him as having participated in the now defunct forum “Iron March” in 2016, according to a news release from the department.

The user who flagged the activity describes themselves on Twitter as an anti-fascist who aims to “expose” fascists.

Lt. Matt Gard with the Lafayette Police Department told CNN that the department called Zacharek after being alerted to the forum activity and said that Zacharek admitted to making the posts.

“The investigation has determined that Zacharek did participate in this online forum and that the information that was

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Atlantic Broadband Is the First Internet Provider to Connect Customers Under the State’s “Everybody Learns” Initiative

Program supports remote learning solutions for homes without internet

Atlantic Broadband, the nation’s eighth-largest cable operator, today announced it was the first internet provider in Connecticut to deliver broadband internet to households with school-aged children to support remote learning under the State’s “Everybody Learns” initiative.

In July, Governor Ned Lamont launched the “Everybody Learns” initiative to close the digital divide in Connecticut and empower students to learn from home. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) allocated state-level funding from the CARES Act and portions of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to support the initiative.

“The CSDE is committed to realizing the Governor’s vision and ensuring that neither a device nor internet connectivity is a barrier to student learning,” said Ajit Gopalakrishnan, Chief Performance Officer.

Since the initiative was announced, the state has been coordinating with internet providers and school districts to ensure students receive the computers and

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Couple names baby Twifia after Swiss telco to get free internet for 18 years

a person lying on a bed: Couple names baby Twifia after Swiss telco to get free internet for 18 years

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Couple names baby Twifia after Swiss telco to get free internet for 18 years

A swiss couple has reportedly named their baby daughter after a telecom company to avail free internet services for 18 years.

The couple named their baby daughter Twifia, after telecom company Twifi, which had put up an advertisement promising 18 years of free internet service to anyone who would name their child after them.

The Swiss internet provider had said free service would be provided to any family that would name its newborn Twifius if it is a boy and Twifia if it is a girl. The free service would be provided until the child comes of age, i.e., 18 years old.

To avail the free internet service, the parents of the newborn named after the Swiss telecom company will have to upload a copy of the birth certificate on the Twifi’s official

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NASA and Nokia are building 4G internet on the moon

NASA and Finnish telecommunications firm Nokia have announced plans to build a 4G cellular network on the moon. The system is on track to launch in 2022, giving future astronauts the ability to stream high-definition video even when they’re off-planet—and bringing a sustainable human presence on the moon a little bit closer.

The project, for which Nokia will be paid $14.1 million, aims to create the lunar communications infrastructure necessary for voice and video calls, data transmission, robotic controls, and real-time navigation—think Google Maps, but for astronauts. The company’s R&D arm, Bell Labs, is partnering with the space engineering company Intuitive Machines to deploy the system to the moon. Nokia says that the system will be designed to withstand the shock of takeoff and landing as well as the harsh conditions of space. Eventually, the company’s goal is to upgrade the 4G network to 5G, which is just now starting

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