In this September 2019 photo, a woman walks below a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif.
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The new Alphabet Workers Union is making clear that changes must be put in place, both in education and on the job, to allow engineers to start taking responsibility for the social impact of their work.
To click or not to click?
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News organisations are wracking their brains on how to get people to their sites.
Google mobility data shows people staying home less and visiting shops more than they were last spring.
Donald Trump: social media was one of the former president’s main platforms.
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When social media platforms banned Donald Trump they acknowledged that sometimes social good is more important than shareholder profits.
Google’s new advertising claims to preserve user privacy, but it still gathers and processes the details of our online activities.
Google is using artificial intelligence to collect and process user data in a way that produces more nuanced and detailed information about our activities but addresses privacy concerns.
Search engines often serve up a distorting blend of information and misinformation.
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Search engines, like social media algorithms, get you to click on links by learning what other people click on. Enticing misinformation often comes out on top.
Thomas Reevely, 10, takes part in a class meeting in Ottawa, April 3, 2020.
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It is morally unjustifiable for tech companies to walk away from the pandemic with massive profits while schools are burdened with debt.
Google's shift to 'profiling' is being billed as a privacy boon – but it's also a strategic pivot.
Local stories often find their way into national papers.
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Local newspapers are a key part of the ecology of journalism.
If its services help deliver misinformation to your home, what responsibility does Comcast have for that?
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Cable providers like Comcast carry Fox News and other channels that feed conspiracy theories and lies into Americans' homes.
How can we keep our personal data safe?
Companies today collect vast amounts of our personal data. What measures can governments and regulators take to reduce the inherent risks and keep our data?
Google, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter have all agreed to a voluntary code of conduct targeting misinformation. But the only real commitment is to appear as though they're taking action.
Compromises were reached and reputations suffered. Who ultimately won the social media showdown?
It enjoys huge network effects that lock users in. Google does not.
Most of the attention on the code has been on the larger media outlets. But the sustainability of small publishers is what should be of most concern.
Our relationship with Facebook, Google and news is a classic case of the prisoner's dilemma. Cooperation may be the only way to get the best outcome.
How you can gauge investors' sleepiness by using Google search data.
The timing of Google's deals raises questions, coming just as the News Media Bargaining Code is set to be introduced into federal parliament.
Exposure notification systems alert people when they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus but don’t record the information.
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Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible to track when people have been exposed to people infected with the coronavirus. The right cryptography scheme keeps alerts about exposures private.
North Korea has a long history of hacking targets in the U.S.
Sophisticated fake social media personas created by North Korean hackers offered to collaborate with cybersecurity researchers. Several US researchers fell for it.