German Chancellor Merkel says Facebook, Google ‘distort perception,’

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel launched a broadside at internet media giants, accusing them of “narrowing perspective,” and demanding they disclose their privately-developed algorithms. Merkel previously blamed social media for anti-immigrant sentiment and the rise of the far right. Source: RT News Date: November 1st, 2016 Link: https://www.rt.com/news/364235-merkel-facebook-google-algorithms/ Discussion 1) Is it possible that Facebook and Google algorithms could… Read more »

Humans need new skills for post-AI world

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Robotics and AI have “huge potential” to reshape the way people work and live, but the government needs to do more to address the issues raised by such technology, including careful scrutiny of the probable ethical, legal and societal impact. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 18th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37618579 Discussion 1) What might be some probable ethical issues… Read more »

Yahoo scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.

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Yahoo has downplayed a report that said it had scanned millions of its users’ emails on behalf of the US government.  Reuters made the allegation recently, saying Yahoo had created special software to comply with a classified directive. Source: BBC Technology News Date: October 11th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37568106 Discussion 1) Every email was scanned.  “Sources had told said… Read more »

EU court backs Playboy in Dutch hyperlinks copyright case

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  The European Court of Justice has ruled in favor of Playboy in a long-running case over hyperlinks to copyrighted content.  The Dutch website Geenstijl, operated by GS Media, had posted links to an Australian site that was hosting photographs from Playboy.  The court ruled GS Media had broken copyright rules, in part because it… Read more »

Kim Dotcom wins fight to live-stream court hearing on YouTube

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  Internet mogul Kim Dotcom, who’s wanted in the U.S. on criminal charges, has won permission for his court battle to be streamed online. Dotcom is fighting extradition from New Zealand to the U.S., where he’s accused of reproducing and distributing copyrighted content on a massive scale. Source: CNN Tech Date: September 8th, 2016 Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/30/technology/kim-dotcom-hearing-livestream-new-zealand-us/index.html Discussion 1) “This is… Read more »