Targeted advertising: good for Facebook and Google, not so good for you.
Google and Facebook reign supreme over digital advertising. Yet the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and when the effectiveness of this advertising seems limited, should we ban this model?
Google’s Project Loon uses high altitude navigable balloons to deliver internet to rural and remote areas.
Tech companies such as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are competing to bring internet to areas without access in the developing world. And that's a problem.
Privacy on Facebook: how much sharing is too much?
Do we really want to protect our privacy when we expose it on social networks?
Ready player one?
It's time programmers looked out old computer text adventures like Zork and Colossal Cave from the 1970s and 1980s.
A rendering of Quayside, a neighborhood designed by Sidewalk Labs.
When building a smart city, it's vital that governments and citizens know up-front who will control the collected data.
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.