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The movement to end targeted internet ads

A new movement wants to ban pesky ads that track you around the internet. BY NICHOLAS VINOCURApril 2, 2021 4:56 pm PRESS PLAY TO LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE Voiced by Amazon Polly Europe has tried to police privacy online with mixed results. Now a growing movement suggests it’s time to go much further — by imposing an all-out […]

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The woman who took on Google and won

By James ClaytonNorth America technology reporterPublished17 hours agoShare Everyone has their breaking point. And when it comes it can be a small thing, an incident that usually wouldn’t matter. Shannon Wait’s moment was when her Google-issued water bottle broke. The data centre she worked in was hot, so she asked for another one. However, she […]

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7% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?

BY ANDREW PERRIN AND SARA ATSKE For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends and family, shop, get news and search for information. Yet today, 7% of U.S. adults say they do not use the internet, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2021.  How we did this Internet […]

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Stop Calling Everything AI, Machine-Learning Pioneer Says

Michael I. Jordan explains why today’s artificial-intelligence systems aren’t actually intelligent By Kathy Pretz THE INSTITUTE Artificial-intelligence systems are nowhere near advanced enough to replace humans in many tasks involving reasoning, real-world knowledge, and social interaction. They are showing human-level competence in low-level pattern recognition skills, but at the cognitive level they are merely imitating human intelligence, […]

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IEEE GHTC 2021

The 2021 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2021) is a flagship international conference sharing practical technology-enabled solutions supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by addressing the needs of underserved communities in resource constrained environments around the world. Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and […]

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A global digital strategy could help solve many challenges

BY ORIT FRENKEL, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 03/07/21 12:00 PM EST  22THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/541603-a-global-digital-strategy-could-help-solve-many-challenges The United States must launch a comprehensive global digital strategy to prepare for the post-pandemic future. While the digital revolution has generated many benefits for society, this rapid change, accelerated by […]

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The Digital Divide: How Virtual Technology Can Help Close Gaps in Professional Training

MARCH 2, 2021 CONTRIBUTOR: JACK JOHNSON https://www.engineeringforchange.org/news/digital-divide-virtual-technology-can-help-close-gaps-professional-training/ The pandemic has changed working conditions across every sector and industry. Our homes have become places of work with social distancing restrictions forcing workers to leave the office. This has caused considerable problems when it comes to training and learning opportunities. In April 2020, the UK Office for National […]

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Radical Right Extremists And The Quantum Arms Race

https://rantt.com/radical-right-extremists-and-the-quantum-arms-race As the US and China make advances in quantum computing over the next decade, new threats will arise if this technology gets in the hands of the far-right. by: Ashton Kingdon on February 16, 2021 A quantum computer (IBM) Co-Written By Ashton Kingdon & Juljan Krause Ashton Kingdon is a PhD candidate in Web Science at the University of […]

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U.S. eyes flurry of new taxes on Amazon, Facebook and Google, trying to force tech to pay its ‘fair share’

Maryland voted to adopt a new tax targeting online advertising on Friday as states nationwide take fresh aim at an industry that has posted billion-dollar profits during the pandemic By Tony RommFeb. 12, 2021 at 2:40 p.m. ESThttps://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/02/12/amazon-facebook-google-maryland-tax/ State lawmakers across the country are exploring a range of new taxes targeting Amazon, Facebook, Google and other […]

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Colonising ourselves? An introduction to data colonialism

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes18Shares In late 2019, LSE’s Professor Nick Couldry, together with Ulises A. Mejías from the State University of New York, published a book titled The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating it for Capitalism (Stanford University Press, 2019). For the first post in a three-part series, LSE PhD researcher Anri van […]