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The argument over what Julian Assange’s arrest indicates for liberty of the press, described

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Is the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange justice against a man who broke the law, or is it a warning shot that journalism is under threat in the United States? It’s a difficult question to answer, in part because it brings up a host of other related questions: Do you consider WikiLeaks a journalistic…

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Project Syndicate: Elizabeth Warren is best to pursue the Big Tech monopolies

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is right to question the United States’ exceptionally permissive merger and acquisition policy over the past four decades that has allowed a few big tech companies to accumulate so much market and political power. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Project Syndicate) — Displaying a degree of courage and clarity that is difficult to overstate, Sen.…

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Facebook’s require global internet policy triggers argument

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is calling for “globally harmonized” rules for online platforms to address issues of privacy and inappropriate content Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg’s call for “globally harmonized” online regulation raises questions about how internet platforms can deal with concerns about misinformation and abusive content while remaining open to free speech. Here are key…

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Karl Rove delves into cordless battle that is dividing Trump world

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove at OZY Fusion Fest 2016 in New York City. | Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Fusion Fest Karl Rove isn’t a registered lobbyist, but he’s actively working Capitol Hill on one side of the 5G wireless fight that has split President Donald Trump’s advisers. The veteran…

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AI scientists scold Amazon for offering flawed face-recognition tech to the cops

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Amazon has come under fire before for Rekognition, the facial recognition technology that the company has allowed police to use and which has led to concerns the company is essentially supporting the surveillance state. The technology has also come under scrutiny in the past for a variety of other reasons, such as the fact that…

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AIs are being trained on racist data– and it’s beginning to show

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Machine learning algorithms process vast quantities of data and spot correlations, trends and anomalies, at levels far beyond even the brightest human mind. But as human intelligence relies on accurate information, so too do machines. Algorithms need training data to learn from. This training data is created, selected, collated and annotated by humans. And therein…

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet about employees being paid ‘less than the worth they produce’ is basically a restatement of Marx’s Labour Theory of Value– here’s why that’s fascinating

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Late last month, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a criticism of Ivanka Trump, who had said she is against the idea of a guaranteed minimum wage because she doesn’t “think most Americans, in their heart, want to be given something.” “People want to work for what they get,” Trump said. “So I think this idea…

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The Humanities and the Future

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Our descendants’ lives will be intertwined with advanced technologies—and that will revitalize non-technological disciplines such as philosophy Credit: Valentin Russanoff Getty Images The humanities are often preoccupied with thinkers of the past, such as the ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. But most of the humans who will ever live will exist in the…

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Andrew Wheeler Confirmed As The Country’s 15th EPA Administrator

May 19, 2019 No Comments

Andrew Wheeler has been confirmed as the nation’s 15th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Senate voted 52-47 to confirm the former coal lobbyist, who has served as acting EPA chief since former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics scandals last July. In a statement posted to Twitter, Wheeler said he was “deeply honored”…

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Singapore Plans S$ 300 Million to Spur Innovation in Digital Push

May 19, 2019 No Comments

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