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Big tech tries to derail EU AI policy with ‘warnings’ from US think tank

EU policymakers recently proposed a sweeping set of regulations called the Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA). If made law, the AIA would offer European citizens the strictest, most comprehensive protections against predatory AI systems on the planet. And big tech is terrified. Up front: The Center for Data Innovation published a report on Sunday titled “How Much Will the AIA Cost Europe?” According to the organization’s research: The AIA will cost the European economy €31 billion over the next f...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Europe, Politics, Microsoft, US, Tech, Eu, Artificial Intelligence, AIA, Center for Data Innovation, Neural, Next Featured


Ex-intel analyst says seeing a US drone kill a child pushed him to leak military documents that he faces 11 years behind bars over

Men look at wall graffiti depicting a U.S. drone along a street in Sanaa, Yemen, November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi Daniel Hale, a former intel analyst, faces 11 years in prison for leaking docs on US drone strikes. Hale wrote an 11-page letter to the court explaining why he leaked the docs, offering gruesome details. "I came to believe that the policy of drone assassination was being used to mislead the public," Hale wrote. See more stories on Insider's business page. "War ...
Tags: Politics, UK, News, Obama, US, America, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Afghanistan, Taliban, Drones, Pakistan, War On Terror, US Air Force, Trump


Lying, corrupt, anti-American cops are running amok with AI

Hundreds of thousands of law enforcement agents in the US have the authority to use blackbox AI to conduct unethical surveillance, generate evidence, and circumvent our Fourth Amendment protections. And there’s little reason to believe anyone’s going to do anything about it. The problem is that blackbox AI systems are a goldmine for startups, big tech, and politicians. And, since the general public is ignorant about what they do or how they’re being used, law enforcement agencies have carte blan...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Opinion, US, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Court orders US Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop ‘with his face’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered a man accused of participating in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6 to unlock his laptop “with his face” after prosecutors argued that the laptop likely contains video footage that would incriminate him in the attempted insurrection. Guy Reffitt was arrested in late January, three weeks after he participated in the riot, and has been in jail since. He has pleaded not guilty to five federal charges, including bringing a firearm to the Capitol grou...
Tags: Security, Politics, Law, Washington, Articles, Tech, Cnn, Fbi, United States, Washington Dc, Password, New Jersey, Lawyer, Laptops, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U S Supreme Court


GOP Rep. Clay Higgins said he caught COVID-19 for the second time, claiming it is a Chinese 'biological attack weaponized virus'

Rep. Clay Higgins. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Rep. Clay Higgins said Sunday he and his wife had contracted COVID-19 for the second time. He also called it a Chinese "biological attack weaponized virus." It is not known when Higgins tested positive or whether he has been vaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. GOP Rep. Clay Higgins said Sunday that he and his wife had contracted COVID-19 for the second time, but called it a a Chinese "biological attack weaponized virus."...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Gop, New York Times, News UK, Chinese communist party, Louisiana, Wuhan, Ccp, Higgins, Becca, Clay Higgins


Kadokawa on Manga “We Must Create a New Standard for What Can Be Shown in Public”

The beginning of the end might be coming for the highly successful manga industry as the president of Kadokawa, a big name publisher of magazines, manga, and light novels, said that manga are “unable to pass the examination of Google and Apple”, and thus a “new standard for what can be shown in public”, must […]
Tags: Apple, Google, Politics, Usa, Internet, Interviews, Censorship, Feminism, Anime, Manga, Kadokawa


UK and allies accuse Chinese state-backed group of Microsoft hack

British foreign secretary says Beijing will be held to account if it does not stop ‘systematic cyber sabotage’Britain and its allies have formally accused Chinese state-based hacking groups of being behind the exploitation of an estimated 250,000 Microsoft Exchange servers worldwide earlier this year.The UK foreign secretary said the cyber-attack amounted to “a reckless but familiar pattern of behaviour”, in an announcement released on Monday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Hacking, Asia Pacific, Foreign Policy, Computing, Espionage, Foreign, Cyberwar


Facebook rejects Joe Biden's claim it's 'killing people' with misinformation, saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has dropped by 50%

President Joe Biden, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters/Alan Freed; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Joe Biden said vaccine misinformation on platforms like Facebook is "killing people." Facebook responded by saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has fallen 50% since April 2020. Facebook said Biden is trying to blame it for missing his goal of 60% vaccination by July 4. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook is firing back at Joe Biden for claiming the social me...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Vaccine, Biden, University Of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University, Kennedy, Rosen, Tom Williams


California fined Uber $59 million over sexual assault data. Now it may pay just $150,000

By Sara Ashley O’Brien | CNN Business Uber has struck a deal with a California regulator that would drastically reduce a substantial fine against the company for failing to hand over data on sexual assault incidents on its platform. The California Public Utilities Commission previously fined Uber $59 million in December 2020 and threatened to suspend its license to operate in the state after the company did not comply with a request for sexual assault data. But that fine has now been slashed to...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Sexual Assault, California, California News, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, Commission, Cpuc, California Public Utilities Commission, Rape Abuse Incest National Network


Trump fans like Candace Owens and Jack Posobiec are hyping the $500 Freedom Phone, which appears to be a cheap Chinese handset with a big markup

A screenshot of Erik Finman holding the Freedom Phone in his promotional video. Freedom Phone Conservative figures are excited for the Freedom Phone, which promises to be 'uncensorable.' But the $500 phone looks to be a much marked-up handset from a budget Chinese brand. See more stories on Insider's business page. The launch of an "uncensorable" smartphone aimed at US conservatives is being hyped by Trumpworld figures such as Candace Owens and Jack Posobiec - but it may not be...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Politics, Technology, US, Trends, News UK, Phones, Donald Trump, Capitol, Facebook Twitter, Hickey, Matthew Hickey, Erik Finman, Ben Gilbert


Reddit's Alexis Ohanian compared Facebook to Marvel villain Thanos, saying its growth is 'inevitable' unless the government intervenes

Alexis Ohanian. Jin S. Lee/Business Insider Alexis Ohanian said Facebook's explosive growth is "inevitable" unless lawmakers intervene. The Reddit founder said government intervention is the only thing to "stop the march" of big tech firms. Regulatory talk is growing louder in Washington as scrutiny mounts on the tech industry. See more stories on Insider's business page. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian said the only thing that can reel in tech's biggest players is the US gove...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, News, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Reddit, Alexis Ohanian, Thanos, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Tech Companies, Ohanian, Tech Insider


Politicians and scientists manipulate us with surveys – AI could stop them

When opposing Libyan forces signed a cease-fire last year, it wasn’t the savvy of politicians or the diplomacy of ambassadors who brokered the peace. It was the United Nations and a relatively unknown AI startup. That startup is called Remesh, and it builds tools that allow organizations to conduct surveys in real-time with more than 1,000 people simultaneously. Basically, the system lets you surface insights from a live audience. For example: if you wanted to poll 100 people about the taste of ...
Tags: Startups, Politics, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, United States, United Nations, Neural, Next Featured


The US government just warned companies that even indirect ties to forced labor in China's Xinjiang province risks breaking the law

Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Huocheng County. Thomas Peter/Reuters The US warned that companies with investment or supply-chain ties to Xinjiang can face legal risks. China has been accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. Major US companies have been accused of sourcing cotton and product components in the region. See more stories on Insider's business page. The US on Tuesday ca...
Tags: Apple, Hong Kong, Politics, Human Rights, News, China, US, Trends, Supply Chain, Nike, Retail, State Department, Xinjiang, Human Rights Abuses, Reuters, Genocide


Facebook joins Amazon in requesting the FTC's new chairwoman be removed from any investigations, saying she's biased

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images; GRAEME JENNINGS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images; Insider Facebook filed a petition with the FTC to have its chair removed from any company deliberations. Facebook's petition comes two weeks after Amazon made a similar one. Both companies said Khan is biased given her past criticism of Big Tech. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook wants Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan removed from any investigation of the company and has accu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Getty Images, House, Antitrust, Khan, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Facebook Facebook, Facebook Amazon Google


Trump emailed supporters an 'official poll' about Biden's Cuba policies where both answers linked to his fundraising page

Former President Donald Trump. Brandon Bell/Getty Images Trump emailed supporters an "official poll" asking about their thoughts on the US' Cuba policy. "Do you agree that Joe Biden MUST stand up to Cuba's Communist regime?" it asked. Both "yes" and "no" answers linked to the fundraising page to Trump's Save America PAC. See more stories on Insider's business page. Former President Donald Trump emailed his supporters an "official poll" about Biden's Cuba policies where ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, House, New York Times, News UK, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Cuba, Donald Trump, Trump, Democratic, Facebook Twitter


Amazon is selling products emblazoned with a far-right, white nationalist meme

A Trump supporter wears a "Groyper" meme shirt outside the United States Capitol building on January 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol riot. Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images Amazon is selling three products promoting the far-right meme Groyper. Groyper, a spinoff of Pepe the Frog, is closely linked with the white nationalist Nicholas Fuentes. On Monday, Media Matters for America reported additional items that appear to have been removed. Visit Insider's homepage ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Twitter, Politics, News, Media, Washington Post, US, America, Trends, Fbi, Reddit, Donald Trump, Charlottesville, Pepe, Trump


John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said he'd 'pay to handle' Trump's deposition which he thinks could 'sell tickets'

Former White House counsel John Dean is seen on the left, testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee in June 1973. Then-President Donald Trump is seen on the right in Texas on January 12, 2021. Getty/Getty Trump said he would voluntarily give a deposition in a lawsuit he filed against big tech companies. John Dean, a key Watergate figure said he'd pay to do that deposition, CNN reported. Dean said even though Trump would lie, he'd press him on what he was doing during the C...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Lawsuit, Texas, Congress, Trends, Cnn, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Deposition, Bill O Reilly, Capitol, Watergate, Twitter Facebook


Can facial analysis technology create a child-safe internet?

Determining a person’s age online seems like an intractable problem. But new technology and laws could be on the brink of solving itSuppose you pulled out your phone this morning to post a pic to your favourite social network – let’s call it Twinstabooktok – and were asked for a selfie before you could log on. The picture you submitted wouldn’t be sent anywhere, the service assured you: instead, it would use state-of-the-art machine-learning techniques to work out your age. In all likelihood, on...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Media, Children, Internet, Censorship, Social Media, Society, Digital Media, Pornography, Identity cards, Child rights, Digital Britain, Digital Economy Act


Hackers Derail Iran's Train System, Post Supreme Leader's Phone Number as Help Line

Cyberattacks reportedly disrupted Iran’s railway system on Friday, causing “unprecedented chaos” at stations throughout the country, according to state media.Read more...
Tags: Security, Politics, Science, Technology, Iran, Ransomware, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Security Breaches, Computing, Hacker, Computer Security, Ali Khamenei, Security Hacker, Hackers Heroes Of The Computer Revolution


'Oh f--k, how did we miss this?' An upcoming book reveals new details about the meeting where Mark Zuckerberg learned Russia had infiltrated Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23, 2019 Andrew Harnik/AP A new book about Facebook reveals new details about Russian interference in the 2016 election. "Oh f---, how did we miss this?" Mark Zuckerberg said during a security brief, according to "An Ugly Truth." Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts over two years, Facebook admitted in 2017. See more stories on Insider's business page. Mark Zuckerberg was shocked to learn the Russian government ha...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington, Russia, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, New York Times, Sheryl Sandberg, Clinton, Zuckerberg


Donald Trump Jr. was mocked for trying to crowdfund legal fees for his dad to sue Facebook, Twitter, and Google

Donald Trump Jr. Alex Wong/Getty Images Donald Trump Jr. asked Telegram users to donate money toward his father's legal fees. Donald Trump is suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google over censorship claims. Telegram users mocked the younger Trump for seeking donations despite the Trump family's wealth. See more stories on Insider's business page. Donald Trump Jr. was mocked after he asked followers to donate money to support his father's class-action lawsuits against Facebook, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Trends, News UK, Donald Trump, Telegram, Sundar Pichai, Forbes, Trump, Don, Capitol, Facebook Twitter, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Jr


Trump said he was happy to be banned from Twitter because it gave him time to 'read papers that I wouldn't read,' book says

Donald Trump. Getty Trump told The Wall Street Journal's Michael Bender that he was glad to be banned from Twitter. He said the ban allowed him "to make phone calls, and do other things and read papers that I wouldn't read." The ex-president also said he believed the statements his office put out after the ban were "much more elegant." See more stories on Insider's business page. Former President Donald Trump said he was glad to be banned from Twitter because, among other thing...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Florida, Politics, Trends, Social Media, New Jersey, Ban, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Trump, Capitol, Twitter Facebook, Bender


Biden will sign an executive order cracking down on Big Tech firms buying up smaller companies and hoarding user data

President Biden speaks to reporters on July 8 Alex Wong/Getty Images Joe Biden will sign a sweeping executive order on Friday, which includes a crackdown on Big Tech. Biden's order will tell agencies to scrutinize Big Tech mergers more closely. It will also tell the FTC to draw up rules for how tech companies can gather and use consumer data. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden will on Friday sign an executive order cracking down on the power of Big Tec...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Fcc, Privacy, Congress, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Data, House


Biden will sign an executive order cracking down on Big Tech mergers

President Biden speaks to reporters on July 8 Alex Wong/Getty Images Joe Biden will sign an executive order cracking down on Big Tech, the New York Times reports. Biden's order will tell agencies to scrutinize Big Tech mergers more closely. It will also tell the FTC to draw up rules for how tech companies can use consumer data. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden will on Friday sign an executive order cracking down on the power of Big Tech firms, as fir...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Fcc, Privacy, Congress, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Data, House, New York Times


What you need to know about Big Tech's Section 230 shield, the internet law that Trump hated and Biden might reform

President Joe Biden. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images Section 230 is a part of a US law that allows tech companies to moderate content on their services. It also means they are not liable for illegal things that people say on the platforms. Trump hated the law and wanted to revoke it, while Biden supports some sort of Section 230 reform. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Chatter about Section 230, the part of US law that shields tech companies from ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, News, Media, Washington Post, US, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, Biden, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Trump


Experts say it'll take more than just breaking up Facebook to rein in Big Tech and protect your data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP If Facebook spun off Instagram and WhatsApp, it would still have all of your data. Congress wants to force Facebook to share that data with other platforms to promote competition. Experts say there needs to be a provision ensuring user rights are protected. Otherwise, expect "disaster." See more stories on Insider's business page. A potential forced break up of Facebook has been discussed for years, and that conversation has only b...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Privacy, Yahoo, Congress, Trends, Data, Whatsapp, Antitrust, University of Pennsylvania, Bell, Carnegie Mellon


Donald Trump was reportedly desperate to gain the approval of Silicon Valley execs soon after the 2016 election: 'Everybody in this room has to like me'

From left: Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, and Sheryl Sandberg met with then President-elect Donald Trump in December 2016 at Trump Tower AP Former President Donald Trump wanted tech executives' approval, The New York Times reports. Trump told a meeting of tech leaders in 2016 that "everybody in this room has to like me." Trump ultimately had a strained relationship with several execs throughout his administration. See more stories on Insider's business page. In December 2016, Donald Trum...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Politics, New York, Trends, Larry Page, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg


Experts say it doesn't matter if Congress breaks up Facebook - the company already has all of your data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP If Facebook spun off Instagram and WhatsApp, it would still have all of your data. Congress wants to force Facebook to share that data with other platforms to promote competition. Experts say there needs to be a provision ensuring user rights are protected. Otherwise, expect "disaster." See more stories on Insider's business page. A potential forced break up of Facebook has been discussed for years, and that conversation has only b...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Privacy, Yahoo, Congress, Trends, Data, Whatsapp, Antitrust, University of Pennsylvania, Bell, Carnegie Mellon


Trump got distracted by the word 'nuclear' during a bizarre press conference about his latest lawsuit

Donald Trump Getty Donald Trump became distracted by the word "nuclear" during a press conference. "We don't use the word 'nuclear.' I never used it, okay? I never used it ... That's called disinformation," he said. Trump last year denied reports that he had asked national security officials to use nuclear bombs to tackle hurricanes. See more stories on Insider's business page. Former US President Donald Trump became distracted by the word "nuclear" during a press confe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, News, China, US, Trends, Donald Trump, Wuhan, Trump, Facebook Twitter, Bedminster New Jersey, Thomas Colson, Donald Trump Getty Donald Trump


It doesn't matter if Congress breaks up Facebook - the company already has all of your data

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP If Facebook spun off Instagram and WhatsApp, it would still have all of your data. Congress wants to force Facebook to share that data with other platforms to promote competition. Experts say there need to be provisions ensuring user rights are protected. Otherwise, expect "disaster." See more stories on Insider's business page. A potential forced break up of Facebook has been discussed for years, a conversation has only been re-ig...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Privacy, Yahoo, Congress, Trends, Data, Whatsapp, Antitrust, University of Pennsylvania, Bell, Carnegie Mellon



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