The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

The UK Is Trying to Stop Facebook's End-to-End Encryption

An early draft of the report, seen by WIRED, says that increased usage of end-to-end encryption would protect adults’ privacy at the expense of children’s safety, and that any strategy adopted by technology companies to mitigate the effect of end-to-end encryption will “almost certainly be less effective than the current ability to scan for harmful content.”.

Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

Airbnb Has Devoured London. Here’s the Data to Prove It

Data compiled by Camden council reveals that of the 7,100 whole properties listed on platforms such as Airbnb and in 2019, a staggering 48 percent exceeded the 90-day legal limit.

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

Oh Sure, Big Tech Wants Regulation—on Its Own Terms

But this perfectly captures the US tech industry’s shift toward talking regulation—just in a way that benefits itself—and the related risks of allowing private corporations to set the American (or even global) agenda on technology governance.Zeroing in on the singular technology thus pivots regulation dialogue in the corporate favor, away from talk of more fundamental, government-driven change.

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

Feds Pin Uber Crash on Human Operator, Call for Better Rules

First, the safety panel thinks NHTSA should do more to gauge how self-driving developers are running their test operations on public roads.

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials

To protect the cognitive autonomy of individuals and the political health of society at large, we need to make the function and application of algorithms transparent, and the FDA provides a useful model.

EPA Dismisses California's Emission Compromise With Automakers

EPA Dismisses California's Emission Compromise With Automakers

In a joint statement, the automakers said the pact with California “will provide our companies much-needed regulatory certainty by allowing us to meet both federal and state requirements with a single national fleet, avoiding a patchwork of regulations while continuing to ensure meaningful greenhouse gas emissions reductions.”.

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action

European Union regulators have recently revealed a flurry of actions against US tech companies, starting last month with an investigation into chipmaker Broadcom over whether it used exclusivity agreements to fend off competitors.

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

FTC Reportedly Hits Facebook With Record $5 Billion Settlement

The FTC opened its investigation into Facebook’s data practices last March, one week after news broke that Cambridge Analytica , a political consulting firm that worked with the Trump campaign in 2016, had improperly obtained information on tens of millions of Facebook users.

BMW Steps Up E-Car Target to 700,000 by 2025 as Fines Loom

BMW Steps Up E-Car Target to 700,000 by 2025 as Fines Loom

BMW AG plans to increase sales of electric and plug-in hybrids by 30% every year until 2025 to help meet incoming stringent emission regulation in the European Union, prompting the carmaker to accelerate the rollout of battery models.

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

Are Facebook Ads Discriminatory? It’s Complicated

The Facebook optimization team could come up with a best guess as to the gender, race, and ethnicity of every user, and make sure that the delivery of ads within certain categories like housing and employment are unbiased.

Big Tech Can Stay Ahead of Regulators by Breaking Itself Up

Big Tech Can Stay Ahead of Regulators by Breaking Itself Up

Rumblings about the role of Big Tech in American society have coalesced into a storm long coming, with revelations that the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are contemplating sweeping antitrust investigations of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple.

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

China Finds Phone-Wielding Tourists and Telescopes Don't Mesh

In early April, says from the Pingtang County government website, officials held meetings with local residents and workers to “internalize the sense of responsibility and responsibility of protecting the [telescope].” The rules and outreach efforts come just after the announcement of a new television show about FAST, which state-run Zhongxin reported in late February.

Facebook Had an Incredibly Busy Weekend

Facebook Had an Incredibly Busy Weekend

Also on Friday, Business Insider reported that years of Zuckerberg’s public writings had mysteriously disappeared, “obscuring details about core moments in Facebook’s history.” The missing trove included everything the CEO wrote in both 2007 and 2008, as well as more recent announcements, like the blog post Zuckerberg penned in 2012 when Facebook acquired Instagram.

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

Cracking open the green bond market – What’s next?

“IFC has been issuing green bonds since 2010, and we helped propel the growth of the market in 2013 with two $1-billion benchmark issuances that were the largest at the time,” said Flora Chao, Global Head of Funding, IFC Treasury.

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats

Net Neutrality Gets a Power-Up from Democrats MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images Democrats in the House and Senate introduced a bill on Wednesday that would restore Obama-era net neutrality rules, a response to a December 2017 vote by the Federal Communications Commission that basically gutted the regulations that were put in place by the Democrat-controlled FCC in 2015.

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

What Happens If Russia Cuts Itself Off From the Internet

“In short, Russia would need to do two things: Ensure that the content Russians seek to access is actually located somewhere in the country, and ensure that routing and exchanges could all occur domestically,” says Nicole Starosielski a professor at New York University and author of The Undersea Network .

Google Says It Wants Rules for the Use of AI—Kinda, Sorta

Google Says It Wants Rules for the Use of AI—Kinda, Sorta

The search company champions self-regulation, highlighting how it has chosen not to offer a general-purpose facial recognition service—as Microsoft and Amazon do—due to concerns it could be used to “carry out extreme surveillance.” The paper also says Google has limited some of the AI research code it has released, to reduce the risk of misuse.

Could Fallout 76 Really Spark a Class-Action Suit?

Could Fallout 76 Really Spark a Class-Action Suit?

Could Fallout 76 Really Spark a Class-Action Suit?If one law firm has its way, publisher Bethesda may need to pay for its alleged practices.BethesdaAfter a two-month glut of blockbusters leading up to the holiday shopping season, new releases are in a bit of a lull, which means there wasn't a lot left in gaming news this week beyond controversy, lawsuits, and ...

E.P.A. to Reconsider Obama-Era Curbs on Mercury Emissions by Power Plants

E.P.A. to Reconsider Obama-Era Curbs on Mercury Emissions by Power Plants

That rule would have restricted coal plants’ emission of a different pollutant: carbon dioxide, one of the chief causes of global warming.At the time the Obama administration put forth the mercury regulations, which took more than 20 years to formulate, E.P.A. officials estimated they would save thousands of lives and return economic and health benefits many times their estimated $9.6 billion annual cost.While owners of coal plants fought the rule in the courts, most have since complied with regulation.

Why California's Privacy Law Won't Hurt Facebook or Google

Why California's Privacy Law Won't Hurt Facebook or Google

Don’t sweat the details; the net of all this hackery is a table with your personal data plus a browser cookie or mobile device ID, which allows, say, a pharmacy chain that knows your phone number (which you entered at checkout to save 5 percent) to link all your purchases to your online presence.Facebook lives in a walled garden where no data leaves and very little enters.Together, these relatively small players provide an alternative targeting ecosystem that competes with Facebook’s one-stop-shop.