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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights
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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

"In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?"

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology
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How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection
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Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection

Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, is offering U.S. political organizations a free tool to defend against distributed denial-of-device attacks...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
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Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI

One day last summer, Microsoft's director of artificial intelligence research, Eric Horvitz, activated the Autopilot function of his Tesla sedan.

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
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Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...

Email Encryption Standards Hacked
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Email Encryption Standards Hacked

A team of researchers successfully hacked the popular Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions and OpenPGP email encryption standards.

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth
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If Knowledge is Power, then Coders like Fereshteh Forough and Barbara Liskov will Inherit the Earth

Two women helping to lead the tech sector towards greater diversity and inclusion discuss the power of code to advance women from America to Afghanistan.

Senate Intel: Russia Waged 'Unprecedented' Cyber Campaign on U.S. Voting Systems
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Senate Intel: Russia Waged 'Unprecedented' Cyber Campaign on U.S. Voting Systems

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the unclassified version of its investigation into Russian cyberattacks on digital U.S. voting systems ahead...

Sessions: Congress May Need to 'Take Action' on Encryption
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Sessions: Congress May Need to 'Take Action' on Encryption

Attorney General Jeff Sessions indicated in a Monday speech that Congress may ultimately have to wade into the debate about federal law enforcement agencies unlocking encrypted...

Driverless Car Startup Drive.ai Launching Ride-hailing Service in Texas
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Driverless Car Startup Drive.ai Launching Ride-hailing Service in Texas

From day one, Drive.ai has positioned itself as the driverless car company that thinks most about human-technology interactions.

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other
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The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other

Wikipedia editors got locked in a dispute several months ago about the biographical summary boxes that sit atop some pages of the online encyclopedia. The tiff...

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference
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Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference

Last year, representatives of 25 countries met in Tokyo to work on setting international standards for the blockchain, the technology that was introduced by the...

AI to Find Optimal Electric Car Recharge Point Locations
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AI to Find Optimal Electric Car Recharge Point Locations

A new artificial intelligence tool can determine the best locations for electric car charging stations.
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