Technology

Police guard in a detention center
May 21 '19 08:08

With the help of a new computer system, the Dutch police managed to track down and detain 585 people who still had to serve a prison sentence in the past seven months. A new app allows police officers to immediately check whether someone they stop still have outstanding penalties against them, and immediately take them into custody if they still have to go to prison, AD reports.

Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China
May 16 '19 13:30

Dutch intelligence and security service AIVD is investigating whether Chinese technology company Huawei has been involved in espionage in the Netherlands, due to concerns that the company has a hidden backdoor to customer data at one the Netherlands' three largest telecom providers - VodafoneZiggo, KPN or the merger of T-Mobile and Tele2, the Volkskrant reports.

The AIVD would not comment to Volkskrant questions about the investigation. Telecom providers also refuse to respond or are unaware of an investigation by the intelligence service.

Intel
May 15 '19 11:00

Researchers from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam found a serious security vulnerability in commonly used processor chips made by Intel. The vulnerability makes it possible to read data processed by these CPUs. "Everything that the CPU actively uses can be leaked", researcher Herbert Bos said to NU.nl. "So that's everything you do on your computer."

Ankle monitor
May 10 '19 14:20

A software failure affecting ankle monitors resulted in hundreds of people on house arrest across the Netherlands falling of the radar from Thursday to Friday morning. A number of them were taken into custody as a preventative measure, the Ministry of Justice and Security said, NOS reports.

Solar island
May 10 '19 11:00

Arnoud van Druten of Floating Solar came up with the idea of islands of floating solar panels. These floating panels have two major advantages - they are out of sight, and they rotate with the sun so they can generate up to 30 percent more energy than the static, land-based ones, he said to RTL Nieuws.

Download button
May 6 '19 15:10

A quarter of all websites that offer illegal downloads are hosted on Dutch servers, according to a list of such websites posted by the United States and European Union. That makes the Netherlands the second largest provider of illegal download sites, after the United States which hosts 34 percent of such sites, NU.nl reports.

The list features websites that offer torrents with illegal downloads, as well as sites that illegally stream copyrighted material.

Forensic investigators at a crime scene
Apr 29 '19 08:16

New software will give the police access to Netherlands forensic institute NFI's database. The so-called 'DNA success meter' will help forensic investigators to immediately see which trace evidence they can send in for quick results, various employees of the organizations involved told De Telegraaf.

The DNA success meter was developed by the NFI, the police, the Public Prosecutor, and Hogeschool van Amsterdam. The goal is to ensure that the correct trace evidence is investigated and collected at a crime scene, so that the available capacity is optimally used. 

KPN Takeover
Apr 26 '19 12:30

Dutch telecom provider KPN will work with controversial Chinese company Huawei for the construction of its 5G network, though a "western" company will be used for the "critical core" of this network, KPN said on Friday, NU.nl reports.

The partnership with Huawei will center around modernizing KPN's mobile network. According to the Dutch company, this collaboration is all about preparatory work and the agreement could be reversed to comply with Dutch government policy. 

TU Delft's Hyperloop capsule stands ready for a race in Hawthorne, California, 30 Jan 2017
Apr 17 '19 11:10

The province of Noord-Holland started a close collaboration with Hardt Hyperloop to realize a hyperloop system between the airports in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. This vacuum tube, high speed transport system will be able to take passengers between those two cities in half an hour. "Then flights are no longer needed", a spokesperson for the province said to the Telegraaf.

Teenagers with smartphones and tablets
Apr 11 '19 09:04

The use of tablets, smartphones and computers is physically affecting Dutch children, according to health service GGD. The service is increasingly receiving reports from schools about pupils suffering from eye disorders, unhealthy weights, neck complaints and a disturbed night rhythms - "consequences of excessive screen time", according to the GGD, newspaper AD reports.

Sea lock at IJmuiden
Mar 28 '19 13:50

The Netherlands' tunnels, bridges, locks and flood defenses are not sufficiently protected against cyber attacks, the Court of Audit concluded in a report published on Thursday. The Court advises the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management to make cyber security on these essential parts of Dutch infrastructure a priority. 

800px-Emergency_Call_Center_112
Mar 14 '19 07:58

From this month, the emergency control room will be able to track the location of Android phones that call emergency number 112. According to the police, "fast, accurate and reliable location determination is of great importance to help people in need faster and more efficiently and to better facilitate the emergency services", AD reprts. 

This is a feature Google integrated in Android in 2016. Providers can enable it from this month. Smartphones with Android 4.0 or later versions automatically send location data when they call the emergency number. 

Candle
Mar 10 '19 14:14

An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people onboard the aircraft. Five German people among the dead were originally misidentified as Dutch people by the authorities in Kenya.

This was corrected later Sunday afternoon and affirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands at 4:20 p.m. on Twitter.

Teenagers with smartphones and tablets
Mar 6 '19 09:22

Screen time is affecting children's sleeping behavior, public health institute RIVM concluded in its first ever study into the effect of smartphones, tablets and televisions on the sleep of kids between the ages of 8 and 18. Because of screen use, children postpone their sleep and go to sleep later. Teenagers sleep an average of 40 minutes less. Teenagers also wake up more often at night and have more difficulty staying awake during the day, RTL Nieuws reports.

Woman casting her vote at an Amsterdam polling station, 21 March 2018
Mar 5 '19 12:20

The Dutch voting software OSV will also be used in the Provincial States election on March 20th. Over the past years, multiple vulnerabilities have been found in the software.

Accept cookies
Mar 1 '19 10:00

Over 1,300 Dutch websites follow consumers' surfing behavior without their permission - so-called tracking cookies are placed even if the site visitor ignores the cookie pop-up, NOS reports based on its own research. "This shows that many websites may violate the law. In the short term we are going to start an investigation into the compliance with privacy rules by websites", a spokesperson for the Dutch data protection authority AP said to the broadcaster.

Smartphone fingerprint scanner
Mar 1 '19 08:07

The police are allowed to force a suspect to unlock their smartphone with a fingerprint scan. This method is not in conflict with the principle that a suspect does not have to cooperate with their own conviction, the Noord-Holland court ruled on Thursday in a case against three men suspected of phishing activities. All three suspects were convicted, NU.nl reports.

Schiphol
Feb 19 '19 12:10

Schiphol is again experimenting with facial recognition technology to reduce lines when boarding planes. This experiment involves airline Cathay Pacific. Instead of boarding a plane with your boarding pass and passport, travelers who want to participate in this experiment will have their face, boarding pass and passport scanned after check in. They can then board the plane with just a facial scan, NU.nl reports.

Feb 14 '19 13:20

Over the past days the police ran an online awareness campaign to show Dutch young people how their experimental behavior can "turn into cybercrime" with just one click. Nearly 10 thousand young people clicked on links to learn how to steal game money on Fortnite, hack into an Instagram account, or buy a DDoS attack targeting their school. Instead they ended up at the police campaign site - "You're just one click away from cybercrime". 

Jorien ter Mors at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Feb 12 '19 11:20

Forbes released its annual 30 under 30 list for Europe, featuring disruptors, visionaries and rising stars in Europe, all under the age of 30. Seven of the young talents on 2019's list are Dutch.

The list contains a total of 300 talented young people, 30 each in ten categories -  Art & Culture, Finance, Media & Marketing, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports & Games, Technology, Retail & Ecommerce, Manufacturing & Industry, and Entertainment.

Amsterdam center
Feb 6 '19 10:10

Amsterdam is the fourth best tech city in the world, according to a ranking by international real estate service provider Savills. The Dutch capital is praised for its inhabitants' high level of knowledge and proficiency in the English language,.

Left to right: skull roof prosthesis, skull after removing tumor, skull with tumor
Feb 5 '19 14:20

The Veterinary Medicine faculty of Utrecht University 3D printed a skull cap for a dog - a premier in Europe. The dog had a benign tumor removed from the skull bone last year and the tumor was so large that he needed a new skull cap, NU.nl reports.

A child writing
Feb 1 '19 08:53

School system Magister was hit by a DDoS attack on Thursday evening. As a result, tens of thousands of pupils from hundreds of Dutch schools were unable to access their rosters, homework assignments and results. "It's a rough attack", a Magister spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws.

The school system went offline at around 6:00 p.m. Magister called in a specialized company to "suppress" the issue, and they managed to get the system back online at around 10:00 p.m. 

Children and technology, digital skills
Jan 4 '19 15:50

Last year 6 percent of Dutch aged 12 or older said that they never use the internet. That amounts to about 886 thousand people, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday. In 2012 some 10 percent of the Dutch population said they never use the internet.

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