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Smart city planning will need to address data collection and protecting the privacy of minors in public space. Shutterstock

Protecting children’s data privacy in the smart city

The history of how Alphabet Inc. and its subsidiaries manage children and data is a troubling one. How will Sidewalk Labs address concerns about minors and privacy in Toronto's Quayside project?
Sometimes the reaction doesn’t go as planned. Lily & Chloe Official/YouTube

The bizarre phenomenon of vacation surprise videos

With the surprise meticulously planned, all eyes – and lenses – turn to the kids. All they have to do is react as expected: overjoyed. So why don't they?
Social media sensation Christiaan Van Vuuren (left) on the Logie Awards red carpet last year alongside Irish actress Valene Kane and TV host Matt Okine. Joe Castro/AAP

Social media entertainment could be the future of the screen industry, so let’s not strangle it with regulation

Social media entertainers are creative, entrepreneurial and masters at building the communities that support them. But regulations currently under review could strangle this nascent industry.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018 about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Big Tech is overselling AI as the solution to online extremism

Many tech titans say they can self-regulate online hate speech and extremism with artificial intelligence, but can they?
Alex Jones speaks during a rally for candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in July 2016. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

Audiences love the anger: Alex Jones, or someone like him, will be back

Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and fringe ideas have been around since American broadcasting began. With Alex Jones banished from the web, someone else will take his place.

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