Tech is not winning the battle against white supremacy

Tech is not winning the battle against white supremacy

 Content warning: This post contains racial slurs, homophobic language and very graphic depictions of racism and violence.  If you were just paying attention to press releases, this week it’d be easy to believe that tech companies are winning the war on hate. Responding to the violence in Charlottesville, Mark Zuckerberg solemnly reflected that there is “no place for hate in… Read More

Trump Strategic and Policy Forum, which included IBM and GM CEOs, disbands

Trump Strategic and Policy Forum, which included IBM and GM CEOs, disbands

 Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a group made up of business leaders from various industries, has reportedly disbanded. CNBC says the group has agreed to terminate as a whole, which is distinct from what’s occurring with Trump’s manufacturing council, where leaders are leaving one-by-one, including 3M and Campbell’s Soup CEOs who left earlier today. The… Read More

What Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are doing to tackle hate speech

What Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others are doing to tackle hate speech

 For all the talk about the internet as a great uniter across geographical and ideological divides, it’s just as often used as a tool to deepen divides, as many users are content to stay within their ideological echo chambers. There’s no easy fix, but when hateful rhetoric begins to manifest itself as real-world violence, a failure to take a stand moves beyond theoretical. Read More

Video evidence is meaningless without accountability

Video evidence is meaningless without accountability

 Some had guns and some carried sticks and shields. Some carried homemade pepper spray, and mace. But one thing nearly everyone on all sides carried: a camera. There were television cameras, DSLRs, 360-cameras and, most commonly of all, simple smartphones. It was the one constant in the crowds of yesterday’s showdown between politically emboldened white nationalists and counter-protesters… Read More

FCC adds 2 weeks to comment period for the proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules

FCC adds 2 weeks to comment period for the proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules

 The comment period for the FCC’s proposal to roll back the net neutrality rules established in 2015 was originally August 16 — next Wednesday. But after advocacy organizations asked the agency to add time to the clock in order to look through existing comments, the deadline has been extended (against the strenuous arguments of the broadband industry) by two weeks, to August 30. Read More

The US government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

The US government must work with tech companies if it wants to remain competitive in AI

 U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis is concluding his tech tour of the West Coast today with a visit to Google’s Mountain View campus. Mattis spent time at Amazon and the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, earlier in the week. His key takeaway from all the socializing with tech leaders is that the Department of Defense needs to embrace technology coming out of the private sector… Read More

Facebook bans “cloaking” of spam sites that fool filters

Facebook bans “cloaking” of spam sites that fool filters

 “Cloaking” sounds sci-fi but it’s actually a trick used today by spammers to show content moderators or search engine spiders an innocent looking version of their site while real visitors just see ads and scams. For example, some spammers try to fool Facebook’s review team and tech by showing any of its staffers’ IP addresses a benign landing page for links or… Read More

UK to criminalize re-identifying anonymized personal data

UK to criminalize re-identifying anonymized personal data

 A major update to the UK’s data protection rules will place new requirements and responsibilities on companies that process users’ personal data, including by making it easier for consumers to withdraw consent their data to be processed; view what data is held on them for free; ask for their data to be deleted; and move their data between service providers. Read More

The battle between hotels and Airbnb escalates in NYC

The battle between hotels and Airbnb escalates in NYC

 The war between Airbnb and the hotel industry rages on, and it’s reaching new lows here in New York. A campaign, backed by the Hotel Association of New York City Inc. and the union that represents hotel workers, launched a 10-day, 30-second ad that links Airbnb’s short-term rentals to public security threats. The ad sets the stage for fear-mongering, stating that NYC remains the… Read More

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

 How and to what extent the FCC should regulate the internet has been a hot question for years, and the present administration is proposing to eliminate the 2015 Order that created net neutrality rules. But Congress isn’t going to take that lying down: 10 Representatives who helped craft the law governing the FCC itself have submitted an official comment on the proposal ruthlessly… Read More

FCC fills vacant seats as Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr are confirmed by Senate

FCC fills vacant seats as Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr are confirmed by Senate

 You might not think it from the amount of controversy the agency has generated recently, but the FCC has been operating on a skeleton crew of 3 Commissioners since the beginning of the year. That will soon no longer be the case, however, as the Senate has just confirmed Jessica Rosenworcel and Brendan Carr into the vacant positions, bringing the Commission to its 5-person maximum. Read More




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