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Privacy, usage issues mark lukewarm response to Hong Kong’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app ‘Leave Home Safe’
Public response to the Hong Kong government’s newly launched Covid-19 contact-tracing app has been lukewarm, with usage difficulties and privacy fears among top concerns.
The technology already exists to detect most new cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. And it’s not even that expensive.
Dining tables stand empty at the Oteruelo care home for the elderly north of Madrid, where the coronavirus pandemic has obliged residents to eat meals in their rooms and substitute family visits with video-link chats on donated tablet computers.
Meredith Whittaker, who helped lead employee protests at Google over the search giant’s military work, artificial intelligence and policies, is leaving the company.
Google workers, shareholders and activists used the annual meeting of parent Alphabet Inc to protest a range of issues, including contractor rights, the tech giant’s business in China and the absenteeism of Alphabet chief executive officer Larry Page.
The Heathrow airport was partially shut for more than an hour after reports of drones flying near runways raised safety concerns, the second time in a month a London airport had to suspend flights because of dangers from modern-day gadgets.
Google's latest diversity report, its first since the company's controversial firing of employee James Damore, shows continued struggles in its goal to make its workforce more diverse: The number of women, black and Latinx employees rose just 0.1% in the past year.
Alphabet Inc's shareholders, including top executives, voted down several proposals on June 6, defeating campaigns to tie pay to diversity goals and to get the Google parent to provide more data about efforts to moderate user-generated content.
Facebook Inc chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has been asked – again – to appear before British lawmakers, or risk a formal summons. If he refuses that, Parliament could demand Zuckerberg spend the night in the clock tower.