As news media revenues tumble still further amid the COVID-19 recession, the government has pledged mandatory rules to force tech giants to pay for using news content.
The government has told the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to develop a mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between media companies and digital platforms such as Facebook and Google
Facebook, the least trusted tech company, has taken the lead in fighting coronavirus misinformation.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.
COVID-19 is dragging some arts institutions into the 21st century. Others are already well down this path. What we win and lose when culture goes online and a bunch of links you can enjoy today.
COVID-19 has forced many of us to do the daily shift from home. An anthropologist who observed a group of remote workers raises some concerns and shares some tips.
Reports that UK citizens are to lose the data protection from GDPR are overblown.
For years, Craigslist operated out of an old Victorian house in San Francisco, before moving out in 2010.
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Remember when websites didn't rely on user data for profit margins, when values like anonymity and transparency were celebrated?
From premium to premiums.
It seems no traditional finance company is safe from the marauding tech giants.
From wearables with monitoring chips to face scanners that assess your contentment, workplace surveillance seems to be going in one direction.
Quantum computing would signify an immense shift in processing power, but how close are we to achieving it?
A paper published by researchers at Google claimed that they had achieved computing quantum supremacy, but leaks and counter-claims have created a stir.
Cynicism (with a tinge of humour) on the rise in the 2019 UK general election.
The cynicism of political lies and the fear of losing control by opening up the corridors of power can’t last.
Will quantum computers ever reliably best classical computers?
Google claims quantum supremacy – IBM says not so fast. One researcher explains why he doesn't see quantum computers outpacing classical computers any time soon ... and maybe not ever.
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee delivers a speech marking 30 years since its creation, March 12 2019.
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Can we make the web more inclusive or will our online reality always be a lawless wasteland of trolls and lies?
While leaks and whistleblowers continue to be valuable tools in the fight for data privacy, we can’t rely on them solely to keep big tech companies in check.
Most of us are probably having our data tracked in some form. And while there are regulatory safeguards in place to protect user privacy, it's hard to say whether these are enough.
Close-up on the circuitry of the Vesuvius quantum computer, announced in 2012 by the Canadian firm D-Wave Systems.
On October 23 Google announced that it built a quantum computer thousands of times faster than classic computers. This could have immense impacts on finance, cryptography and other fields.
Your twitching eye is more likely to be due to staring at a screen for too long rather than some serious illness.
If Googling your health symptoms is taking over you're day-to-day life and is distressing you, here are some ways to get help.
Big Tech companies have built a better trap for profiting from consumers’ attention than the traditional media can offer.
Media companies are mad as hell at tech giants and don’t want to take it anymore. But what choice do they have?
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No wonder that, according to a new international survey, media companies are increasingly unhappy with their lot. In this episode we hear from the survey's author, Robert Whitehead.
Manipulating our own personal data can allow us to manipulate capitalism.
Personal data is valued primarily because data can be turned into a private asset. That has significant implications for political and societal choices.
Twitter should get credit for its sensible move, but the microblogging company is tiny compared to Facebook and Google.
Until the two giants change, Twitter's political ad ban will have little effect on elections around the globe.
Responding to the ever-growing amount of email can be a stress-inducing job task.
Google's Smart Compose feature is meant to help deal with the deluge of email, but does it increase the pressure to respond quicker?