Amazon, Google and Apple's attempts to understand the tone of human voices can reflect human biases.
Organisations are on the losing side, especially those that rely on leveraging personal data to compete. But there will be a net benefit to consumers – and that's a good thing.
South African opposition party leader, Mmusi Maimane, addressing the media. A viable media helps promote political accountability.
The sustainability of the news media is a precondition for good journalism in the public interest. Thus, economic questions should form part of discussions of press freedom.
Toronto could learn a lot from Brazil following the flawed and opaque consultation process to develop parts of the city’s waterfront.
Toronto’s Quayside smart city project needs a new, truly consultative process. An innovative method used by Brazil to develop its landmark Internet Bill of Rights may be the answer.
Advertisers may track a customer’s shopping preferences within a shopping centre by using ultrasonic beacons emitted from their mobile phones.
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Inaudible sounds are being used to transmit data from our devices. While not new technology, these ultrasonic beacons may be in breach of laws regarding surveillance devices.
The ACCC inquiry looks at the impact of digital platforms on the supply of news and journalistic content.
Facebook has expressed interest in regulation, but its submission to the ACCC could be a disappointing early indication of how it will downplay its magnitude in future regulatory debates.
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Christopher Wylie.
The routine gathering and monetisation of vast amounts of personal data has been normalised.
Social media platforms and data analytics companies need the world to believe in the election-swaying power of big data.
Conversations on Facebook ethics are part of a bigger conversation about information architecture.
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An expert explains how Facebook's privacy issues are linked to a bigger problem – a 'hostile information architecture,' largely controlled by corporate interests.
Targeted advertising: good for Facebook and Google, not so good for you.
Google and Facebook reign supreme over digital advertising. Yet the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and when the effectiveness of this advertising seems limited, should we ban this model?
Google’s Project Loon uses high altitude navigable balloons to deliver internet to rural and remote areas.
Tech companies such as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are competing to bring internet to areas without access in the developing world. And that's a problem.
Privacy on Facebook: how much sharing is too much?
Do we really want to protect our privacy when we expose it on social networks?
Ready player one?
It's time programmers looked out old computer text adventures like Zork and Colossal Cave from the 1970s and 1980s.
A rendering of Quayside, a neighborhood designed by Sidewalk Labs.
When building a smart city, it's vital that governments and citizens know up-front who will control the collected data.
It may seem convenient to think of technology companies as similar, but they’re really not.
When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
As watchdogs, regulators, tax agencies, and lobby groups apply more pressure to tech giants Google and Facebook, the two companies are rebranding in response.
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It's surprising that news publishers seem to hand more power to Google because now more than ever there's an urgency to have clear barriers between news companies, social media platforms and search engines.
It isn’t that we should worry about AI becoming more human. We should fear ourselves becoming more artificial.
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy.
How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
The collection of huge data sets that can be searched, collected and cross-referenced is called Big Data.
Increased foreign investment in the digital economy means a national conversation is needed to ensure that citizens don't get exploited.
Uber, Tesla and Waymo (Google) are leapfrogging traditional car makers like Ford, VW and General Motors when it comes to self-driving cars.