Surveillance Capitalism

  • Google will Change Advertising Practices as France imposes $268 Million Fine

    June 08, 2021

    Google has agreed to change its global advertising practices after the French Competition Authority fined Google 220 million euros ($268 million) for abusing its market power in the online advertising industry by sending business to its own services and discriminating against competition.

  • Mind Matters: How Much Does Big Tech Control?

    May 26, 2021

    In a review of Shoshana Zuboff’s Surveillance Capitalism (2019), computer science historian Erik J. Larson explores a 1950s conflict of ideas between Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) and John McCarthy (1927–2011) and how big corporations today are making money out of tracking individual’s movements.

  • Germany Bans Facebook from Using WhatsApp Data over Privacy Concerns

    May 12, 2021

  • Google Android Data Collection Transparency in 2022

    May 10, 2021

    Google has announced that it will create a new safety section in its app store that will let Android smartphone users see what data developers collect about them and share, plus additional privacy and security information beginning in 2022.

  • Facebook Oversight Board Upholds Trump Ban

    May 05, 2021

    Facebook’s Oversight Board has announced that it has upheld the company’s decision to block former President Donald Trump from its platforms, meaning that Trump will continue to be blocked from Facebook and Instagram, but not indefinitely, giving Facebook six months to reassess.

  • MIT Launches Data Privacy-Focused Initiative

    April 28, 2021

    As citizens are demanding more responsible, respectful use of personal data, MIT has launched a new initiative to bring state-of-the-art computer science research together with public policy expertise and engagement and will provide forums for dialogue amongst MIT researchers, policymakers, and industry consortium members.

  • Lawyer Monthly: TikTok Sued for Billions Over Children’s Data Collection

    April 28, 2021

    Former children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has launched legal action against TikTok alleging that the social media app illegally gathered the personal data of millions of children since May 2018, when General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect.

  • AdNews.org.au: Will Data Privacy Become a Competitive Differentiator?

    April 21, 2021

    As Data privacy legislation and consumer demands have changed the rules of digital marketing, brands that embrace transparent data privacy practices stand to gain a massive competitive advantage.

  • The U.S. - China Race for A.I. Dominance

    April 14, 2021

    As China positions itself to become the world leader in Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) over the United States, Lucas Irwin writing for justsecurity.org suggests a reasearch scheme called “Thousand And One Talents”, that would be run as a joint initiative between America and its allies, to maintain a Western alternative in A.I.

  • Brookings: Beijing’s Two Voices in Telecommunications

    April 07, 2021

    As China’s influence continues to rapidly grow within telecommunications, the Brookings Institution has published a report in order to define the core differences between the contradicting messaging the Chinese promote on information technology (IT) depending on whether the communication is in country or international.

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