Tag: Insider

Undersea internet cables are causing geopolitical tension

If you’ve ever emailed a resort in Fiji or Vanuatu about that long-awaited holiday, it’s likely your email traveled through an undersea internet cable. Such cables carry much of the internet traffic around the globe, in conjunction with underground fiber connections, satellites, and microwave links. For Pacific Island countries, undersea internet cables can be crucial. […]

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What does Facebook mean when it says it supports “internet regulations”?

Erin Simpson, associate director for technology policy at Washington, D.C.–based think tank The Center for American Progress, had a message for Facebook. Last year, she co-wrote a pair of reports advising major social media platforms, like Facebook, on how to better address the twin crises of election delegitimization and health misinformation. But Facebook has also […]

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Lucid Motors OWNS Tesla in the long range EV game

When Lucid Motors launches it’s much-awaited Air Dream Edition Range later this year, it takes evolution in EV charging to the future. The Lucid Air car will become the longest-range electric vehicle on the road. With 837 kilometers (520 miles) on a single charge, it’s achieved a record-breaking official EPA range rating, making it the […]

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What’s the difference between air taxis, passenger drones, and eVTOLs?

Did you know SHIFT is taking the stage this fall? Together with an amazing line-up of experts, we will explore the future of mobility during TNW Conference 2021. Secure your ticket now! For decades, flying cars and visionary aircraft have fascinated us, with entertainment such as The Jetsons, Back to the Future, Bladerunner, and James Bond creating a fictionalized […]

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Surprise surprise: Facebook is ignoring Instagram’s harmful impact on teens

Facebook officials had internal research in March 2020 showing that Instagram – the social media platform most used by adolescents – is harmful to teen girls’ body image and well-being but swept those findings under the rug to continue conducting business as usual, according to a Sept. 14, 2021, Wall Street Journal report. Facebook’s policy […]

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New surveillance laws give authorities the power to change social media posts

A new law gives Australian police unprecedented powers for online surveillance, data interception, and altering data. These powers, outlined in the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill, raise concerns over potential misuse, privacy, and security. The bill updates the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. In essence, it allows […]

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Federal agencies are rapidly increasing their use of facial recognition

Despite growing opposition, the U.S. government is on track to increase its use of controversial facial recognition technology. The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report on Aug. 24, 2021, detailing current and planned use of facial recognition technology by federal agencies. The GAO surveyed 24 departments and agencies – from the Department of Defense […]

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Google’s ‘pay-per-click’ ad model makes it harder to find what you’re looking for

Over the past 25 years, the name “Google” has become synonymous with the idea of searching for anything online. In much the same way “to Hoover” means to use a vacuum cleaner, dictionaries have recognized “to Google” as meaning to undertake an online search using any available service. Former competitors such as AltaVista and AskJeeves […]

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