Social media algorithms can use millions of different parameters to decide what kind of content is shown to users.
Catching a ride for free?
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As a society, everyone is motivated to regulate AI development. For individual companies, though, the opposite is true.
You don’t have to see the future to know that AI has ethical baggage.
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Generative AI is designed to produce the unforeseen, but that doesn’t mean developers can’t predict the types of social consequences it may cause.
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Pausing AI development will give our governments and culture time to catch up with and steer the rush of new technology.
Over the past decade, a number of companies, think tanks and institutions have developed responsible innovation initiatives to forecast and mitigate the negative consequences of tech development. But how successful have they been?
When OpenAI claims to be “developing technologies that empower everyone,” who is included in the term “everyone?” And in what context will this “power” be wielded?
The Online News Act, or Bill C-18, is Canada’s attempt to address the imbalance between digital platforms and news publishers.
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The Online News Act could result in the formation of new agreements between news organizations and digital platform giants, which could give rise to a number of worrying developments.
Some critics have claimed that artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT has “killed the essay,” while DALL-E, an AI image generator, has been portrayed as a threat to artistic integrity.
Rather than seeing artificial intelligence as the cause of new problems, we might better understand AI ethics as bringing attention to old ones.
Going online often involves surrendering some privacy, and many people are becoming resigned to the fact that their data will be collected and used without their explicit consent.
Many people have become resigned to the fact that tech companies collect our private data. But policymakers must do more to limit the amount of personal information corporations can collect.
The numbers are less concerning when viewed in the bigger picture.
Most young people regard reining in the big social media platforms as only part of the solution to the ‘relentless stream’ of abuse and shaming they experience online
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Change management never quite goes according to plan. But it’s hard to figure out if Elon Musk even has a plan.
Is a food courier who owns one scooter a worker?
There are ways in which platform workers can resist the rise in job insecurity and poor working conditions brought on by digital labour platforms.
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.
Peiter “Mudge” Zatko was Twitter’s security chief. What he claims he found there is a security nightmare.
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Former Twitter security chief alleges in a whistleblower complaint gross security malpractice, with many employees having access to the social media platform’s code as well as user data.
An image of a mock gallows on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is shown as the House select committee holds hearings in June 2022 into the attack.
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It’s easy to consider the erosion of democratic norms in the U.S. as purely political, but it poses serious risks to the country’s economic order. Is democracy in the gallows?
One Medical provides primary healthcare services to people across the US.
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Like the EU and unlike the US, China is trying to rein in the power of big tech companies. Can we learn from these efforts?
Despite its ‘innovator’ status, Apple usually wasn’t the first one to offer groundbreaking new features. But it knew how to adopt existing features in groundbreaking ways.
European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson announced a set of proposed regulations requiring tech companies to report child sexual abuse material.
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The EU’s proposed regulations don’t align with existing technology. They’re likely to fail – or to break the internet as we know it.
The vast majority of high-profile big tech whistleblowers in recent years have been women.
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Frances Haugen, Timnit Gebru and Janneke Parrish are at the forefront of a group of high-profile women calling out big tech. Is there a connection between their gender and their role as whistleblowers?