Internet Use/New Technologies

18 December 2017

Optimism that European expertise will dominate 'internet of things' McKinsey

As Europe’s economy recovers, companies and investors across the continent are gearing up for new opportunities, taking advantage of its hidden strengths: education, skills and innovative people. Here we look at plans by the EU’s science and research chief to ensure European companies thrive in the internet’s “third wave”.

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17 December 2017

Google is using light beam tech to connect rural India to the internet Tech Crunch

Alphabet’s X — the company formerly known as Google X — is working with a telecom operator in Indian state Andhra Pradesh, home to over 50 million people, to use Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC), a technology that uses beams of light to deliver high-speed, high-capacity connectivity over long distances.

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Facebook admits it poses mental health risk - but says using site more can help The Guardian

Facebook has acknowledged that social media use can be bad for users’ mental health, a sign the company is feeling pressure from a growing chorus of critics raising alarms about the platform’s effect on society.

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Where is technology taking the economy? McKinsey

We are creating an intelligence that is external to humans and housed in the virtual economy. This is bringing us into a new economic era—a distributive one—where different rules apply.

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14 December 2017

Microsoft Wants to Take on Google by Making its Search Engine Smarter The Guardian

Google may be the household name when it comes to search, but Microsoft is hoping it can make its Bing search engine the smartest. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has announced a handful of new features that it says are powered by artificial intelligence. The updates will start rolling out on Wednesday and will continue over the coming week.

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13 December 2017

Google: Southeast Asia's internet economy is growing faster than expected Tech Crunch

Southeast Asia is now the world’s third largest region for internet users — with more people online than the entire U.S. population — and internet is having a bigger impact on the region than originally thought, according to a new report co-authored by Google.

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Facebook hits back at former executive Chamath Palihapitiya BBC News

Facebook has responded to a former executive who said the social network, and other services like it, was "ripping society apart".

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IIA Report: Average American Gig Economy Worker Sees Triple Return on Investment in Home & Mobile Broadband Connectivity Internet Innovation Alliance

The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) finds that the average American household can now save more than $12,000 per year on household spending through use of high-speed internet services, according to its latest Cost Campaign analysis. IIA’s new supplemental whitepaper, “The Multiplier Effect of Broadband and the Income of American Households,” also examines how broadband helps generate income for Americans, particularly via the sharing economy.

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12 December 2017

Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society The Verge

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media.

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08 December 2017

Top web browsers 2017: Microsoft, Mozilla tumble as analytics vendor exterminates bot traffic Computerworld

Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Edge browsers tumbled last month in user share as the once-universal programs ran on just one in every six personal computers worldwide.

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How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy Computerworld

Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to ramp up their efforts to test blockchain technology as part of a new method of establishing trust in a digital economy.

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07 December 2017

Google wants more humans to help solve the problem of child exploitation on YouTube Washington Post

In announcing plans to hire many more human moderators to flag disturbing and extremist content this week, YouTube has become the latest Silicon Valley giant to acknowledge that software alone won’t solve many of the problems plaguing the industry.

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Alphabet's Latest AI Show Pony Has More Than One Trick Wired

The history of artificial intelligence is a procession of one-trick ponies. Over decades researchers have crafted a series of super-specialized programs to beat humans at tougher and tougher games. They conquered tic-tac-toe, checkers, and chess. Most recently, Alphabet’s DeepMind research group shocked the world with a program called AlphaGo that mastered the Chinese board game Go. But each of these artificial champions could play only the game it was painstakingly designed to play.

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05 December 2017

China's internet industry second only to US, Beijing-backed study says South China Morning Post

China ranks second only to the United States in terms of internet development and innovation, but among the worst on cybersecurity and industry infrastructure, according to a survey of 38 countries by a Beijing-backed think tank.

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Google's Hinton says AI poses new challenges to regulators Reuters

Expansion of artificial intelligence in financial services, healthcare, transportation and other fields poses new challenges to governments charged with regulating those industries, according to an executive with Google who is a pioneer in the field of machine learning.

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03 December 2017

President Trump is now a troll Washington Post

Though it has a long way to go, the science that underlies the fight against extremism has made a lot of progress in recent years. Psychologists and social media analysts have found that people become radicalized by other members of a group. People seek out the like-minded, then enter online forums, then become more extreme by reading and communicating with others. As the study of history will also tell you, individuals will do things as part of a mob that they would not do alone.

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What is the future of work? McKinsey

A new podcast series from the McKinsey Global Institute explores how technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills we need to work.

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What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages McKinsey

In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained under different scenarios through 2030.

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01 December 2017

Does Europe have what it takes to create the next Google? Reuters

Europe is making major strides to eliminate barriers that have held back the region from developing tech firms that can compete on the scale of global giants Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc or Tencent Holdings Inc, a report published on Thursday shows.

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How 41 People in Lithuania Took Over Your Facebook Feed New York Times

Of all of Facebook’s superpowers, perhaps the most disconcerting is how it can make online publishers disappear with the push of a button.

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29 November 2017

Quarter of German firms see digital threat to survival Reuters

A quarter of German companies are worried that their survival is endangered by digitalization, while a large majority want the next German government to make the topic a priority, a survey showed on Tuesday.

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Facebook's AI wipes terrorism-related posts and prevents suicide BBC News

Facebook has said that efforts to use artificial intelligence and other automated techniques to delete terrorism-related posts are "bearing fruit" but more work is needed.

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28 November 2017

German spy agency attacks Facebook and others for failing to tackle fake news The Guardian

The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has accused US tech giants such as Facebook of failing to take enough responsibility for content on their sites, undermining democracy by not distinguishing between fact and opinion.

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23 November 2017

Facebook to Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they’ve followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election.

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Twitter, It's Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise New York Times

Earlier this month, Twitter did something radical: The social network famous for its 140-character limit doubled it to 280.

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