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Alexa, why does the brave new world of AI have all the sexism of the old one ? - 23 mai 2019
Virtual assistants such as Google Home and Siri only encourage the attitude that women exist merely to aid men in getting on with more important things. When women are over-represented in the workforce, it tends be in industries of assistance – cleaning, nursing, secretarial work and, now, the world of virtual (...)

Office worker launches UK’s first police facial recognition legal action - 23 mai 2019
Ed Bridges, from Cardiff, says ‘intrusive’ technology is used on thousands of people An office worker who believes his image was captured by facial recognition cameras when he popped out for a sandwich in his lunch break has launched a groundbreaking legal battle against the use of the technology. Supported by the (...)

Google has given $150,000 in free ads to deceptive anti-abortion group - 13 mai 2019
Obria Group’s ads suggest it provides abortion services, when in fact it tries to persuade women not to terminate pregnancies Google has given tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs ads suggesting it provides abortion services at its medical clinics, but actually seeks (...)

Inside Facebook’s war room : the battle to protect EU elections - 6 mai 2019
Less than three years ago, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his platform could have influenced the election of Donald Trump as US president. Today the company admits it is under siege from billions of fake accounts trying to game its systems to win (...)

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How Airbnb took over the world - 5 mai 2019
In just 11 years, it has grown from nothing to a $30bn firm. But critics say Airbnb’s rise has come at a huge cost to urban life – and cities across the planet are trying to find ways to rein it in. Rowan Hughes stayed in Airbnb accommodation on holidays for several years before she decided to make some extra cash (...)

The only way to rein in big tech is to treat them as a public service - 30 avril 2019
The drive for profit is behind many of the ills of Google, Facebook et al. Unions and public ownership are the only way to solve this After years of praising their virtues, governments across the world are belatedly waking up to the problems posed by big tech. From India and Australia to France and America – and (...)

Tech firm apologizes after job ad seeks ’preferably Caucasian’ candidates - 30 avril 2019
Virginia recruitment company removes discriminatory listing following a backlash on Twitter The tech industry has long grappled with problems tied to diversity and inclusion, but a job listing this month seeking “preferably Caucasian” applicants has proved a particularly egregious example. A job listing from Cynet (...)

Microsoft workers decry grueling ’996’ working standard at Chinese tech firms - 28 avril 2019
A letter on Github demanded companies comply with labor laws, limiting workers to 40 hours a week versus a 12-hour day standard Microsoft employees have published a letter on the software development platform Github in solidarity with tech workers in China. Workers at tech companies in the country have used the (...)

Google worker activists accuse company of retaliation at ’town hall’ - 28 avril 2019
The group published a new set of demands, which include an investigation and a public response from co-founder Larry Page Worker activists at Google held a “town hall” on Friday where they alleged that the company regularly retaliates against employees who speak out about workplace problems and announced plans for (...)

Facebook expects FTC fine of up to $5bn in privacy investigation - 25 avril 2019
Company makes revelation in financial reports showing first-quarter revenue growth to more than $15bn Facebook is expecting to pay as much as $5bn to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), it revealed in first quarter financial reports, which otherwise showed continued revenue growth to more than $15bn for the (...)

Canada says Facebook broke privacy laws and ’refused to act responsibly’ - 25 avril 2019
Top watchdog promises to force change following investigation into Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog in the country said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media (...)

Facebook urged to tackle spread of fake profiles used by US police - 24 avril 2019
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Facebook to address the proliferation of undercover law enforcement accounts on the social networking site following a Guardian report that revealed a secret network of accounts operated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice). EFF, a digital civil (...)

US immigration police broke Facebook rules with fake profiles for college sting - 12 avril 2019
Revealed : Ice investigators set up social media profiles linked to a sham university for foreign students US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) violated Facebook policy by creating fake social media profiles tied to the University of Farmington, a sham university it created to identify people committing (...)

Amazon staff listen to customers’ Alexa recordings, report says - 12 avril 2019
Staff review audio in effort to help AI-powered voice assistant respond to commands When Amazon customers speak to Alexa, the company’s AI-powered voice assistant, they may be heard by more people than they expect, according to a report. Amazon employees around the world regularly listen to recordings from the (...)

Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends - 10 avril 2019
Algorithmic features have sent suggestions to wish happy birthday to those who’ve died Facebook has promised to use artificial intelligence to stop suggesting users invite their dead friends to parties. The site’s freshly emotionally intelligent AI is part of a rash of changes to how Facebook handles (...)

UK businesses using artificial intelligence to monitor staff activity - 8 avril 2019
Unions warn systems such as Isaak may increase pressure on workers and cause distrust Dozens of UK business owners are using artificial intelligence to scrutinise staff behaviour minute-to-minute by harvesting data on who emails whom and when, who accesses and edits files and who meets whom and when. The actions (...)

Google employees call for removal of rightwing thinktank leader from AI council - 3 avril 2019
Staffers criticized the appointment of Heritage Foundation president Kay Coles James in a letter published on Monday A group of Google employees have called for the removal of a rightwing thinktank leader from the company’s new artificial intelligence council, citing her anti-LGBT and anti-immigrant record. (...)

Revealed : Amazon employees are left to suffer after workplace injuries - 3 avril 2019
Amazon made its CEO the wealthiest person in the world. So why can’t the company care for those injured while working there ? Michelle Quinones, 27, started working at a Fort Worth, Texas, Amazon Fulfillment Center in July 2017 as an order picker, where she spent long hours on overnight shifts in the Amazon (...)

Facebook charged with housing discrimination in targeted ads - 29 mars 2019
US government says company is breaking the law by restricting who can view housing-related ads based on their ‘race, color, national origin, religion’ The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (Hud) has charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act, alleging that the company’s targeted advertising (...)

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected - 24 mars 2019
Facebook mistakenly stored “hundreds of millions” of passwords in plaintext, unprotected by any encryption, the company has admitted. The mistake, which led to user passwords being kept in Facebook’s internal servers in an insecure way, affects “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other (...)