Google’s EU headquarters is located in Dublin, Ireland. The EU’s new Digital Markets Act could rein in the company’s power.
While the EU’s ground-breaking legislation to regulate “digital gatekeepers” has its flaws, it could rein in big tech and significantly change how it operates in Europe – and perhaps the world.
The process of conducting elections has become a focal point for misinformation.
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Misinformation has bedeviled social media companies for years, and the problem is especially consequential during elections. Are the companies up to the job as the 2022 midterm elections approach?
Pitta Pitta (Google’s Earth) 2022 from series (Dis)connected to Country.
Under COVID travel restrictions, I couldn’t travel to Pitta Pitta Country. Instead, I travelled to Country through Google Maps.
Same app, same app store, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany.
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Mobile apps are sometimes ‘regionalized’ to better serve the needs of users, functioning differently in, for example, China than in Canada. But some of those differences pose security and privacy risks.
TikTok’s popularity continues to rise, while other social media networks have seen a decline.
The Chinese-owned app TikTok continues its growth as one of the most popular social media networks. After pandemic health measures were lifted, other social media networks saw a decline in use.
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None of the major digital platforms lets the public see what advertising they carry and how it’s targeted, according to a new report.
Bill C-18, the Online News Act, is trying to get the dominant digital platforms to negotiate mutually-acceptable agreements with Canada’s online news outlets.
There’s no evidence that news outlets are worse off because of Google, Facebook and other aggregators. If anything, evidence shows that, overall, news outlets would be in worse shape without them.
Online reviews are not always what they might seem.
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A recent extortion scam involved threatening to leave unfavourable reviews to restaurants unless they paid up shows the dangers of relying on the wisdom of crowds.
The amount of information online is overwhelming.
The study is the largest of its kind. Researchers hope it could be a breakthrough in the fight against misinformation.
Googling symptoms to self-diagnose is not the same as virtual health care.
Searching symptoms online has become so common there is a name for the condition of health anxiety induced by self-diagnosis on the internet: Cyberchondria.
News organisations employing employing 15-20% of Australian journalists still don’t get paid by Facebook.
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Google’s brief disappearance from the internet felt, for many, like an almost-apocalyptic moment
Virtual assistants are becoming a more common household fixture, and many children are growing up and interacting with them.
Children’s voices and actions are recorded by virtual assistants, but what is being done with all the collected information?
Humans are not the best judges of consciousness because of their tendency to assign human characteristics on nonhuman entities.
A Google engineer’s claims that a chatbot can feel things has prompted people to consider what consciousness means. It also begs the questions of the rights of sentient software and machines.
Words can have a powerful effect on people, even when they’re generated by an unthinking machine.
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Fluent expression is not always evidence of a mind at work, but the human brain is primed to believe so. A pair of cognitive linguistics experts explain why language is not a good test of sentience.
Explorer came at the dawn of the public internet. For millions of people, it will always be their first experience of the World Wide Web.
A Google employee’s claims that one of its chatbots is sentient has caused a stir across the world.
Computers can now mimic everything from literary characters to Nirvana songs.
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A Google engineer claims one of the company’s chatbots has become sentient. Experts disagree, but the debate raises old questions about the nature of consciousness.
Recently, concerns have been raised over the harm caused by misinformation in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic and federal elections.