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16 May 2019 | 12:04 PM

US abstains from global pledge to curb online violence

Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies have joined a dozen countries in a global pledge to step up efforts to keep Internet platforms from being used to spread hate, organise extremist groups and broadcast attacks.

9 Apr 2019 | 2:00 PM

Facebook, Google face widening crackdown over online content

Tech giants like Facebook and Google came under increasing regulatory pressure in Europe, where countries are proposing stricter rules to force them to block extreme material such as terrorist propaganda and child porn.

The push to make the big companies responsible for the torrent of material they carry has largely been driven by Europeans. But it picked up momentum after the March 15 mosque shootings in New Zealand that killed 50 people and were livestreamed for 17 minutes. — AP
26 Mar 2019 | 5:41 PM

Grassroots tech group takes startup approach to fight Brexit

Grassroots group of UK tech volunteers battles Brexit by working like a startup.

20 Mar 2019 | 4:43 PM

Why Facebook didn’t block live New Zealand shooting video

Facebook says no one flagged New Zealand shooting livestream, underlining tech companies’ challenge policing content.

Franks calls it “incredibly offensive and inappropriate” to pin responsibility on users subjected to traumatic video. — Reuters
14 Mar 2019 | 12:28 PM

Big tech companies cast as monopolies in UK government study

Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple are once again being cast as monopolies that have become too powerful for society's good, a recurring theme that's increasing the pressure to rein them in.

In a recent opinion piece for The Guardian newspaper in Britain, Reich compared Facebook, Google and Amazon to "robber barons" who built business empires on innovations in the late 19th century and were eventually broken up to foster more competition. — AFP
8 Mar 2019 | 3:00 PM

Facebook’s vision of future? Looks like Chinese app WeChat

Facebook’s pivot to focus on private messaging and multiple services looks a lot like what Chinese app WeChat has been doing for years.

Zuckerberg's vision of giving people ways to communicate privately, by stitching together Facebook’s various services so users can contact each other across all of the apps sounds strikingly similar to Tencent Holdings’ WeChat. — AP
6 Mar 2019 | 10:00 AM

Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

China’s Huawei opens Brussels security lab, stepping up effort to win over EU policymakers.

The new lab in the Belgian capital gives Huawei a venue to reassure the EU’s policymakers about its cybersecurity credentials. — AP
4 Dec 2018 | 9:00 AM

Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology

Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England’s Hampshire countryside.

28 Nov 2018 | 2:00 PM

Global lawmakers grill Facebook exec; Zuckerberg’s a no-show

A cohort of international lawmakers is trying to turn up the pressure on Facebook, grilling one of its executives and making a show of founder Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to explain to them why his company failed to protect users’ data privacy.

22 Nov 2018 | 4:15 PM

European privacy search engines aim to challenge Google

In the battle for online privacy, Google is a US Goliath facing a handful of European Davids.

Gabriel Weinberg, founder of US site DuckDuckGo. The no-tracking search site is taking on the likes of Google alongside European compatriots such as Mojeek, Qwant, Swisscows and Unbubble. — TNS