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Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Oh, the irony: Trump’s executive order accuses TikTok of spreading COVID-19 misinformation

Oh, the irony: Trump’s executive order accuses TikTok of spreading COVID-19...

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President Donald Trump did it. He just signed the executive order to ban any US-based company’s transaction with TikTok and WeChat after 45 days from now. In the order, he said that TikTok captures information from its users and it may be used by China to track the location of Federal employees: TikTok automatically captures…
Trump says he will sign the order to ban TikTok today

Trump says he will sign the order to ban TikTok today

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TikTok might be looking at a ban in the US soon, as President Donald Trump said he could sign the executive order to block the app by Saturday. According to a report from Bloomberg, Trump told reporters on Friday night that the app will be banned from the country,  “As far as TikTok is concerned,…
Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs

Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs

The four horsemen of the techpocalypse – the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google – joined the US House of Representatives today for an antitrust hearing. We watched every second of the more than five and a half hours of Congress’ grilling of some of the richest men in the world so you wouldn’t…
US unveils blueprint for ‘unhackable’ national quantum internet

US unveils blueprint for ‘unhackable’ national quantum internet

The US Department of Energy has laid out a blueprint for a “virtually unhackable” national quantum internet that it claims could be functional within a decade. At a press conference on Thursday, government officials said the network would run alongside the existing Web, as a parallel internet for transmitting sensitive government and financial information. That…
AOC wants to stop the US military from using Twitch for recruiting

AOC wants to stop the US military from using Twitch for...

Credit: USArmyEsports / Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez US military forces have recently joined Twitch tto share live gaming streams of their esports teams and to interact with viewers who may be interested in joining the Army, Navy or Air Force. As it turns out, they haven’t exactly been playing by the platform’s rules, and now they’ve drawn the…
Trump contracts Peter Thiel-backed startup to build his (virtual) border wall

Trump contracts Peter Thiel-backed startup to build his (virtual) border wall

Trump’s xenophobic dream of building a “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexico–US border has moved a step closer to (virtual) reality. The White House just struck a deal with Palmer Luckey’s Anduril Industrial to erect an AI-powered partition along the frontier. Anduril will install hundreds of surveillance towers across the rugged terrain, The Washinton Post reports. The…
Twitch temporarily bans Trump’s channel for ‘hateful content’

Twitch temporarily bans Trump’s channel for ‘hateful content’

On a night filled with platforms booting out controversial forums and accounts, game streaming platform Twitch temporarily banned US President Donald Trump from the platform. The Amazon-owned company said that Trump‘s account was banned for broadcasting “hateful content” on his Twitch channel. The company said the content of two streams in particular lead to the ban. The first was…
This AI detects political affiliation just by reading tweets about COVID-19

This AI detects political affiliation just by reading tweets about COVID-19

Political messaging can have a huge impact on public responses to crises. In the US, academics warn that divisions between Republican and Democratic lawmakers are wrecking efforts to contain the virus. Now, a new AI tool has shown just how fractured their rhetoric has been. Researchers from Ohio State University trained the algorithm to guess which political party…
From Stonewall 1969 to Black Lives Matter 2020: How technology ignites change

From Stonewall 1969 to Black Lives Matter 2020: How technology ignites...

US Customs and Border Patrol agents flew unmanned aerial vehicles over crowds of Black Lives Matter protesters in at least 15 cities in June. According to government officials, the feds were just keeping an eye on the situation. Despite the fact these were Predator drones – the same kind the US used to assassinate a…
Boston bans government use of facial recognition

Boston bans government use of facial recognition

Boston City Council has voted to ban the use of facial recognition by the municipality, joining a growing list of administrations to outlaw the tech. The decision comes amid a growing backlash against the software, which research shows consistently misidentifies people of color. An MIT study found that facial recognition algorithms designed by Microsoft, IBM, and Face++ made…

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