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.
Researchers have developed a game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news – by showing them how to become a fake news mogul.
YouTuber Logan Paul and his Mum. He gave her US$10,000 cash for Christmas.
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Will YouTube's new ad rules close down niche vlogs?
Message from the Unseen World, an installation of a Turing-inspired algorithm reciting a poem.
by Nick Drake.
Today's communications platforms and the algorithms that power them have led to a radical change in how public discourse is conducted and public opinion formed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff shake hands at an announcement in Toronto in October 2017.
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Google's proposals for a high-tech development on Toronto's lakefront is a radical departure from the principles that have guided city planning in Canada for decades.
When relationships turn sour, revenge porn can be used as a devastating weapon.
For too long, social media companies – with their scale and reach – have assisted revenge porn perpetrators. At last, the law is catching up.
Apple’s expertise isn’t in operating theme parks.
Acquiring companies that don't complement the main business went out of fashion more than a decade ago.
Chips from the biggest chipmakers – Intel, AMD and ARM – all contain serious security flaws.
Data ethics should pay much more attention to the social value of research
It’s time to build trust.
Social media companies arose from libertarian, free-market origins but must embrace social benefits and democracy to survive.
Social media sites should face tougher laws, but education is also key to tackling online abuse.
Artist impression of Kepler-90i, the eighth planet discovered orbiting around Kepler-90.
Google's artificial intelligence has been taught to look for planets around other stars. It's already making new discoveries that scientists have missed.
DeepMind's machine learning collaboration with another NHS trust (this time, it's applying the tech to breast cancer) kicks up more questions of trust.
Sometimes it’s not clear to the consumer how Google search results come about, and what they show.
The ACCC’s inquiry into digital platforms should make it easier for users to identify advertising on Google.
This architectural rendering of the ‘Zen room’ in Accenture’s new Melbourne offices is an example of companies creating more modern and alluring workplaces to attract top talent.
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Top-end companies are investing in design features to make their offices more appealing to staff. But many workers are looking for more than just funky design from their workplaces.