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The UK’s blistering Facebook report has a great suggestion– for the UK

October 16, 2019 No Comments

The United Kingdom Parliament is still mad at Facebook. How much does it matter? We’ve known since last summer that the report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee would excoriate Facebook over failures related to competition, data privacy, and foreign interference in elections, among other issues. Today, the final report arrived —…

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Ten big global challenges technology could solve

October 16, 2019 No Comments

Carbon sequestrationCutting greenhouse-gas emissions alone won’t be enough to prevent sharp increases in global temperatures. We’ll also need to remove vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, which not only would be incredibly expensive but would present us with the thorny problem of what to do with all that CO2. A growing number of…

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China’s Huawei soft power push raises difficult questions – Yahoo News Canada

October 16, 2019 No Comments

China’s Huawei soft power push raises hard questionsTORONTO — Canada’s national game — brought to you by China’s Huawei.As a nasty diplomatic feud deepens between the two countries over the tech company, involving arrests and execution orders, it hasn’t gone unnoticed that Huawei’s bright red fan-shaped logo is plastered prominently on the set of “Hockey…

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Who hesitates of OpenAI’s huge, bad text generator?

October 16, 2019 No Comments

The existential threat of harmful AI recently reached ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ proportions after a major research institute (checks notes…) modified the model size of a text generator. Apparently we’ve finally run out of real things to be scared of. What happened If you follow AI news you’ve already heard about it: OpenAI, a non-profit co-founded…

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170 Years Of German Publishers Demanding Unique Copyrights For Journalism Because Of New Innovation

October 16, 2019 No Comments

from the crying-wolf dept While much of the focus on the debate over the EU Copyright Directive has focused on the upload filters of Article 13, we should be equally worried about the snippet taxes of Article 11, which journalists have already made clear will be used to enrich publishers at the expense of actual…

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Why Humanitarians Are Anxious About Palantir’s New Collaboration With the U.N.

October 16, 2019 No Comments

The infamous data-analytics firm is now working with one of the planet’s largest aid organizations. What could go wrong? Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Palantir and BrianAJackson/iStock/Getty Images Plus. How a Bad Business Decision May Have Made Boeing’s 737 Max Vulnerable to Crashes The Crash of the Boeing 737 Max Is a Warning for…

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What Happens When Techno-Utopians Actually Run a Country

October 16, 2019 No Comments

On the night of Italy’s 2013 parliamentary elections, Paola Nugnes decided to stay late at her office and catch up on work. She skipped the rolling election coverage on TV. And by the time she finally left her architecture studio to go out, it was well past dark. When she arrived at Mumble Rumble, a…

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How an Investigation of Phony FCC Remarks Snared a Prominent D.C. Media Firm

October 16, 2019 No Comments

Illustration: Jim Cooke (GizmodoMillions of records that the FCC’s top lawyer once fought to hold back from state law enforcement officials now serve as key evidence in a year-long probe into cases of Americans being impersonated during the agency’s latest net neutrality proceeding. Analysis of the data would lead investigators last fall to consider, as…

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Newsmakers: 5 concerns with Noemí Ramírez of PRISA Noticias

October 16, 2019 No Comments

Emily Luepker News Lab, Google News Initiative Published Feb 27, 2019 This year, we’re celebrating innovation in journalism through a series of interviews with changemakers from across the news industry. Through the “Newsmakers” series, you’ll get to know a few of the journalists, newsroom leaders, researchers and technologists who are shaping the future of news.…

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Conservatives respond angrily to beat of May’s Brexit plan

October 16, 2019 No Comments

Theresa May is set to face intense pressure from remain-minded Conservative MPs to finally face down hardline Brexiters in her party after a planned restatement of a departure strategy agreed two weeks ago by the Commons was defeated. Abstentions by MPs from the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) played a big part in seeing the…

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