(unless you’re Google).
Ireland is the latest country to make the mistake of thinking that algorithms by themselves are the route to untold prosperity.
A proposed global plan to close cross-border tax loopholes compares poorly to a digital services tax imposed by individual countries.
The five bills would apply to Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google. If some (or all) of them become law, we can expect some major changes in how they do business.
Once a pioneer of the information age, now stereotyped as the browser of choice for people who are less than web-savvy, the curtain will finally come down on Internet Explorer next year.
Scholars can be more reliable than search engines.
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Unlike scholars, Google’s search engine can’t automatically decide which sources are the most important, most accurate or most significant.
Social media algorithms are akin to a licence to promote junk food or tobacco to children.
The majority of country press audiences prefer to read their local paper in print than online. In fact, many said they would stop reading their papers if they went digital only.
Companies could soon tailor what they try to sell you based on the mood conveyed by the sound of your voice.
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Marketers will soon be able to use AI-assisted vocal analysis to gain insights into shoppers’ inclinations – without people knowing what they’re revealing or how that information is being interpreted.
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Companies are allowed to track users as much as they like — as long as they spell it out in the fine print. But a ground-breaking Australian legal judgement should give them pause.
To deter Google and other big tech companies from misleading users about data collection, the Federal Court should impose heavy fines.
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.