#Cyberculture agenda: “The countries fighting Apple’s App Store monopoly


Apple has benefited a lot from the App Store and the developer ecosystem. Heck, it’s probably made more than $100 billion from its fees since 2008. However, many companies and lawmakers across the world are scrutinizing this tech giant’s monopoly. As a result of this, we’re seeing many regulations and court cases that may force Apple to allow alternative payment methods in the App Store. Before we take a look at the countries cornering Apple, let’s understand how App Store’s payment structure works. Apple’s bite of the App Store Apple first introduced the 30% fee for in-app purchases such as…

The State of Gig Work in 2021

Photograph shows an Instacart shopper making a delivery to a customer's home in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.


An Instacart shopper makes a delivery to a customer’s home in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. (David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Pew Research Center conducted this study to understand Americans’ experiences and attitudes related to earning money from online gig platforms. For this analysis, we surveyed 10,348 U.S. adults from Aug. 23 to 29, 2021.

A data wiper posing as ransomware bears a discomfiting resemblance to the earlier wave of Russian cyberattacks that ended with NotPetya.


The amount of money you can make from open source code depends on several factors. First of all, the popularity of your open source project plays a significant role that determines your possible revenue. On top of that, adoption and credibility play an essential role. Credibility can be expressed in various ways. How fast do you respond to new issues? Do you frequently maintain the code? It’s unlikely that an infrequently maintained project will receive a lot of adoption. Therefore, monetization chances will be lower. However, there are plenty of monetization options you can employ — even for projects with…

EFF is deeply saddened and angered by the news that our friend, Egyptian blogger, coder, and free speech activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, long a target of oppression by Egypt’s successive authoritarian regimes, was sentenced to five years in prison by an emergency state security court just before the holidays.

EU Track and Trace: the €100m failure

Despite European hopes being invested in the technology, contact tracing apps have only succeeded in tracking 5% of registered cases since they were introduced in the EU. The lack of public confidence in the scheme has proven to be an insurmountable hurdle

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