Starting this summer, Johannes Oerlemans of Utrecht University and his colleagues will blow artificial snow onto a small glacier at the foot of Diavolezzafirn, in the south-eastern part of Switzerland. The hope is that a thin white sheet of snow will increase the sunlight reflected, and thus protect the ice underneath from melting, Oerlemans explained at the European Geosciences Union on Thursday (Apr. 27). If this $100,000 pilot project is successful, researchers hope they can raise funding to use the technique to protect the Morteratsch glacier, a huge tourist attraction that’s considered a national treasure—but is shrinking.
In the wake of the 2014 Snowden revelations about mass surveillance programs, startups with concerns about overreaching government requests for user data settled on Switzerland as a base for their business, drawn to its perceived favorable privacy laws.
They may need to look elsewhere.
Sunday, Swiss citizens approved granting the government the power to lawfully hack into computers, install malware, tap communications (i.e. phone, and internet) and to install hidden cameras in private locations in order to gather data. Said ‘hacking’ to be done in the name of National Security and to be exercised with restraint.
Fore more read TechCrunch article: Swiss public back law expanding surveillance powers
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CSS, one of the country’s biggest health insurers, launched a pilot project in July, in which the company tracks the movements of 2,000 volunteers on a daily basis using digital pedometers. The program is intended to aid insurance companies in tailoring their offers to their customers’ needs.
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