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An Actual Debate Over the Internet’s Favorite Legal Shield

An Actual Debate Over the Internet’s Favorite Legal Shield

The tech backlash converged on Silicon Valley’s favorite legal protection Wednesday morning, as Republican and Democratic lawmakers agreed that the internet is dark and full of terrors—cyberbullying, scams, deep fakes, election interference and terrorist content—to name a few—and tech companies should be able to fix it.As for exactly how, neither the members of the three…
Democrat debate: breaking up Big Tech, should Trump be banned from Twitter

Democrat debate: breaking up Big Tech, should Trump be banned from Twitter

Democrats running for president had their most vigorous debate yet about the power of tech companies, finally bringing the long-simmering conversation about Big Tech into the mainstream of Democratic politics. The dozen Democratic candidates quarreled for almost 15 minutes at the fourth presidential debate about topics including digital privacy rights, the monopoly power of companies…
Democratic candidates had a real debate about automation on the debate stage

Democratic candidates had a real debate about automation on the debate stage

During Tuesday’s 2020 Democratic debate, candidates from Andrew Yang to Elizabeth Warren were forced to address how they would support workers whose jobs are threatened by automation. Automation is entrepreneur Yang’s pet issue and one that he’s pushed into the mainstream presidential policy discussion over the past few months. His proposed remedy has been a…
Democratic debate: Will Elizabeth Warren go after Silicon Valley?

Democratic debate: Will Elizabeth Warren go after Silicon Valley?

For the past few years there has been a loud and contentious debate about the need to reform and regulate Silicon Valley. But it hasn’t come up during the three Democratic presidential debates this year: Aside from a quick aside about American workers’ jobs, the subject of technology has been almost entirely absent from the…
The Same Old Encryption Debate Has a New Target: Facebook

The Same Old Encryption Debate Has a New Target: Facebook

Stop us if you've heard this one before: United States law enforcement officials want tech companies to undermine encrypted messaging protections. The latest salvo is a fresh spin, but the underlying intent remains the same. As does the fundamental danger it poses.On Friday, Attorney General William Barr will present an open letter to Facebook and…
Is Big Tech addictive? A debate with Nir Eyal.

Is Big Tech addictive? A debate with Nir Eyal.

“How do successful companies create products people can’t put down?” That’s the opening line of the description for Nir Eyal’s best-selling 2014 book Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products. Hooked became a staple in Silicon Valley circles — it was even recommended to me when I started Vox — and Eyal became a tech celebrity.…
Democratic Debate 2019: how to watch the Presidential debate live stream

Democratic Debate 2019: how to watch the Presidential debate live stream

How To Democratic Debate 2019: how to watch the Presidential debate live stream By David Lumb, Matt Swider How To  Watch night 2 of the Democratic Presidential Debate on this page Image credit: Noticiero Telemundo The Democratic Debate 2019 live stream continues tonight, with the second round of Presidential-wannabe candidates sparring on the issues ahead…
Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning | Quanta Magazine

Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning | Quanta Magazine

cosmologyA recent challenge to Stephen Hawking’s biggest idea — about how the universe might have come from nothing — has cosmologists choosing sides.In 1981, many of the world’s leading cosmologists gathered at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a vestige of the coupled lineages of science and theology located in an elegant villa in the gardens…

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The Morning After: Microsoft’s cheaper 15-inch Surface Book 2

It's like a Surface Go for kids.Kano unveils its first build-it-yourself Windows 10 computerKano is graduating from Raspberry Pi boards. The company has announced a partnership with Microsoft, unveiling its first build-it-yourself computer that officially runs Windows 10. The Kano PC may look similar to its 'complete' Computer Kit Touch. All of the components, however,…

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