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Trump’s latest immigration ban is bad news for US AI ambitions

Trump’s latest immigration ban is bad news for US AI ambitions

America’s access to global talent has helped it stay ahead of China in the AI arms race. But that edge is being blunted by the Trump administration. Yesterday, the White House sacrificed another chunk of its advantage on the altar of nationalism, when President Trump announced the suspension of certain temporary work visas. Among them was the H-1B program for highly-skilled…
TikTok teens and K-pop fans embarrass Trump at his Tulsa rally

TikTok teens and K-pop fans embarrass Trump at his Tulsa rally

Donald Trump’s ingenious idea to stage a massive indoor rally in the middle of a pandemic failed to attract the huge crowds his ego so desperately desires. Officials reported that fewer than 6,200 tickets had been scanned for the 19,000-capacity BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Trump‘s campaign team predictably blamed the media and protesters for scaring…
Ex-eBay employees charged with harassing journalists using roaches and a pig fetus

Ex-eBay employees charged with harassing journalists using roaches and a pig...

Six former eBay employees, including members of its security team, have been accused of an extended campaign of harassment against a married couple who criticized the company in a newsletter. Two of the alleged conspirators have been arrested and face federal charges of cyberstalking. The charges have been leveled against six eBay executives, led by…
Divider in Chief: Trump tweets disgusting conspiracy theory about elderly man assaulted by cops

Divider in Chief: Trump tweets disgusting conspiracy theory about elderly man...

In a sickening abortion of leadership, impeached US President Donald Trump today issued a reprehensible attack on a US citizen who was assaulted by police during a peaceful protest. Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order…
California blocks bill that could’ve led to a facial recognition police-state

California blocks bill that could’ve led to a facial recognition police-state

As images of police brutality flashed across our screens this week, Californian lawmakers were considering a bill that would have expanded facial recognition surveillance across the state. Yesterday, following a prolonged campaign by a civil rights coalition, the legislators blocked the bill. The Microsoft-backed bill had been introduced by Assemblyman Ed Chau, who argued it would regulate the use of…
Snapchat refuses to promote Trump’s account over his controversial tweets

Snapchat refuses to promote Trump’s account over his controversial tweets

Snapchat, of all things, today joined the debate among social media platforms about the words of President Donald Trump — and it’s taken the side of Twitter, putting the Trump account on notice for his words. Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat parent company Snap, said in a memo to his employees over the weekend (which…
Under duress

Under duress

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. These are dark days for democracy. It hardly feels like the time to address anything other than the brutal murder of George Floyd and the ongoing horrors occurring…
US joins G7 AI alliance to counter China’s influence

US joins G7 AI alliance to counter China’s influence

The US is joining the rest of the G7 in the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence, in an effort to contain China‘s influence on AI. The initiative was launched in 2019 to build a consensus on AI ethics, but has made little impact since — partly because the US initially refused to join. White House officials feared the group…
US bans companies from selling chips to Huawei

US bans companies from selling chips to Huawei

The Trump administration plans to block shipments of semiconductors to Huawei, ramping up tensions between the US and China. The new rules will force foreign semiconductor manufacturers that use US technology to get a license from American officials before shipping products to Huawei. That’ll be a big blow to the Chinese tech giant, which needs semiconductors…
The US Senate just voted to let the FBI access your browser history without a warrant

The US Senate just voted to let the FBI access your...

In a major blow to citizens’ privacy, the US Senate voted today to give law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and CIA the power to look into your browser history without a warrant. Thanks, Mitch McConnell. Senators Ron Wyden from Oregan and Senator Steve Daines of Montana led the charge to insert privacy protections into…

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