Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially dismissed as “crazy” the warnings that Russia had been using Facebook to spread propaganda in the 2016 U.S. election. He has since apologized and introduced plans and tools aimed at fighting false information on the platform. In this file photo, he delivers the commencement address at Harvard University in May.
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In a fight for the global flow of information, social media firms must be regulated. Their billions of dollars in revenue put their financial interests in conflict with truth and democracy.
Better than human: the artificial intelligence that learned to master Go in just three days.
The new AlphaGo Zero artificial intelligence took just days to learn to play Go from scratch, with no human intervention. It even learned strategies never seen before in human play.
Sport algorithms aren’t working for business.
There are good reasons why business has not been as successful as sports teams at implementing algorithmic decision-making.
Racists take advantage of social media algorithms to find people with similar beliefs.
Racism thrives online because of a clash between the commercial goals and ethical responsibilities of social media companies. But Australia can take legal and civil actions right now to address this.
Heritage Minister Melanie Joly recently announced a new policy for Canada’s cultural and creative industries competing in a digital world, but it offers little help for organizations that produce serious journalism.
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The Canadian news industry is in a crisis. Rather than providing a way forward, the Liberal government suggests that Facebook, Twitter, and Google will "jumpstart digital news innovation."
There’s a global war going on, and a global arms race to go with it. It’s not a race for physical weapons, it’s a race to develop cyber weapons of psychological, emotional, financial and infrastructure attack.
Hostile foreign powers and even tech companies are not attacking us with bullets and bombs; they're doing it with bits and bytes. It's Cyber Security Awareness Month, so what to do about the third world war being waged in cyberspace?
There are better places to go for health advice than cyberspace.
A lot of tech companies are betting on augmented reality.
Apple's iPhone X is here, which means its push into augmented reality begins in earnest.
‘Mad as hell and not gonna take it any more.’
Channel 4 news anchor drew thundering applause at the Edinburgh TV Festival, but don't believe every word.
Bias at work?
Even after years of federal and state laws making discrimination illegal, implicit bias still leads to actual economic harm for women.
Who’s missing from this picture?
Here's what research actually says about differences between males and females – and the question of what's innate and what's acquired.
The Sarahah app urges users to send ‘constructive’ messages, but cyberbullying is rife.
Apps inviting anonymous comments play upon our desire to know our social standing, but are an open goal for bullies.
Do women care too much about people to be suitable for certain roles?
Modern neuroscience doesn't support the idea that intrinsic differences between men and women are fixed and unchangeable.
From European beginnings, Spotify looks set to take the crown of the #1 music streaming service in the US later this year.
While Pandora continues to lead in the US in streaming music all the signs from investors, user momentum and tech talent indicate Spotify is on the verge of seizing the crown.
His anti-PC 'manifesto' might be filled with nonsense, but that doesn't mean James Damore's thoughts have no value, or that he should have been fired.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the memo “crossed the line”.
Google has fired the author of a controversial diversity memo. It would have been better to create more forums for discussion.
Oh the terrible irony.
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Five years after a major sexism scandal, Silicon Valley's misogynist culture remains strong and pervasive – and history reveals the stakes could be as high as the entire US tech sector.
Our internet is becoming increasingly fragmented thanks to local laws.
Locals laws and norms are breaking up the internet as we know it.
As the show’s popularity surged, interest in suicide also grew.
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Researchers found that suicide-related searches soared in the weeks after the show's release. What are the broader public health implications?
European Union Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager has followed an antitrust enforcement strategy pioneered in the U.S.
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Europe's approach to antitrust enforcement picks up where the US left off in the 1980s, when the view that breaking up monopolies hurt innovation took hold.