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June 3, 2020 1:07 PM

Artificial Intelligence Can Serve Democracy

Last week, the U.S. joined Global Partnership on AI, an international organization that will advise companies and governments on the responsible development of artificial intelligence, becoming the last of the Group of Seven countries to sign on. In connection with this occasion, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

June 1, 2020 1:51 PM

Japan discusses cyberbullying laws after death of wrestler and reality star

Japanese government officials are calling for action against cyberbullying, amid a national outpouring of grief after the apparent suicide of professional wrestler and reality television star Hana Kimura. However, some warn that the crackdown could also chill rising internet activism.

May 29, 2020 2:41 PM

Trump’s Twitter spat puts social media firms on collision course with Europe

The EU and the US take different stances on how Facebook, Twitter and Google should police online content.

May 29, 2020 12:54 PM

Zuckerberg v. Dorsey, or who’s allowed to judge?

Social media platforms should not act as arbiters of the truth of what people say online, the CEO of Facebook said in an interview with Fox News on Thursday. According to Mark Zuckerberg, it’s neither Facebook’s nor Twitter’s task to police the content they display.

May 29, 2020 12:42 PM

Trump Escalates War on Twitter, Social Media Protections

President Donald Trump is escalating his war on social media companies, signing an executive order challenging the liability protections that have served as bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.

May 28, 2020 12:40 PM

Arizona sues Google over allegations it illegally tracked Android smartphone users’ locations

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued Google on Wednesday, alleging the tech giant violated its users’ privacy by collecting information about their whereabouts even if they had turned off such digital tracking.

May 27, 2020 2:53 PM

States or tech giants as the new sovereign?

Tech giants are increasingly aspiring to occupy fields traditionally belonging to states. Can companies fully replace them, and if so, is it good for anybody? Tech giants, such as Google and Facebook, are usually huge multinational companies. They are in possession of gigantic databases of information by using very effective and efficient algorithms that makes them able to develop cutting-edge technology to innovate society. This innovation has also led to the insecurity of personal data and the EU took measures by introducing a protection law called the GDPR. In consequence, we changed our way to pay and might also lead to rethinking other traditional ways of life.

May 27, 2020 2:51 PM

Caught in a web – How can legislation help us get our private life back from social media?

The new “digital revolution” has made a huge difference in almost every area of life. It is undisputed that the internet has become the newest forum for the public. We obtain and consume information differently, our news and content consumption habits have changed. These changes are driven, catalysed and supervised by the global tech companies, since they determine what and how the average internet user can reach. We can access the internet and information reaches us through these companies, they are the intermediaries between the user and the content creator.

May 27, 2020 2:44 PM

Online Gatekeepers and the Future and Present of the Democratic Public Sphere

In the 21st century most public debates are conducted online and major platforms and businesses have user numbers and economic power – as well as the power to shape public opinion – unprecedented in media history. In his study Koltay András examines the ways in which these platforms, acting as gatekeepers, influence public discourse and what this might mean for such constitutionally protected rights as the right to free speech.

May 27, 2020 2:42 PM

What to do with Facebook?

What if Facebook were to pay for your data? What is the realistic ’market value’ of your data? What to do with Facebook? There is consensus that something has to be done, but what?