Posts filtered by tags: Kent Walker[x]


 

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over "threats against information and communications technology and services" in the US. The executive order, signed Wednesday, is expected to precede a ban on US firms doing business with the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. Huawei slammed Trump's 'unreasonable' ban, saying that the move will only harm US interests in its own 5G rollout. The firm said the ban infrin...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, White House, US, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg Businessweek, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Huawei, Christchurch, Alexa, Trump, Adam Neumann


Here's the follow-up email Google sent to employees after last week's warning about leaks sent a jolt across the company (GOOG, GOOGL)

After an internal email meant to resurface Google's data sharing policies sparked concerns from employees last week, an update was sent via the company's daily newsletter on Tuesday to clarify the the tech giant's position.  The update — which was formatted as a Q&A with Google's Chief Legal Officer, Kent Walker — reiterated the reason data access controls and tried putting to rest fears that collaboration across teams would be harmed.  But two current employees who spoke to Business Insider s...
Tags: Google, London, Trends, Kent, Googlers, Signal, Business Insider, Walker, Kent Walker


Twitter and Facebook join global pledge to fight hate speech online

At a summit in Paris Wednesday, representatives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc., committed to use and develop rules, algorithms and direct intervention to curb the uploading, promotion, amplification and distribution of violent extremism on social media platforms. The initiative calls for hate speech to be “immediately and permanently” taken down, though isn’t legally binding. French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, were joined by lea...
Tags: Google, Facebook, White House, Advertising, Senegal, Theresa May, Nick Clegg, Paris, New Zealand, Jordan, Leo Varadkar, Facebook Live, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Vivendi SA, Macky Sall


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Intel has been impacted by a chip security flaw that affects every chip released since 2011. Called ZombieLoad, the flaw is made up of four bugs and lets hackers exploit design flaws. Apple, Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Amazon all released patches for the flaw. The bug could leak sensitive data like passwords and messages. San Francisco became the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and ot...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Disney, US, San Francisco, Trends, Intel, Cnn, Comcast, Hulu, Alexa, McNeill, Amazon Alexa, Kent Walker


Google is threatening to fire employees in a crackdown on leaks about 'need to know' projects (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google executives are clamping down on what information can and cannot be shared amongst internal teams, amid a wave of employee activism that has caused the tech giant to sideline numerous projects.  In an internal email sent to employees last week and obtained by Business Insider, Google's Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker re-enforced the company's restrictions for sharing "need-to-know" information.  Two current employees who spoke to Business Insider said Walker's email appeared update Googl...
Tags: Google, China, US, Trends, Pentagon, Signal, Business Insider, Moma, Walker, Meredith Whittaker, Kent Walker, Business Insider Google, Claire Stapleton, Buganizer


Google Exec's Internal Email On Data Leak Policy Rattles Employees

With employees organizing sit-ins over retaliation and continuing to agitate for change, Google is locking down internal communications. From a report: Google's top legal executive Kent Walker sent an all-staff email on Thursday informing employees that accessing documents classified as "need to know" without permission could result in termination, sources inside the company tell BuzzFeed News. After BuzzFeed News contacted Google about the email, Walker sent an update on Tuesday in the company'...
Tags: Google, Tech, BuzzFeed News, Walker, Kent Walker, BuzzFeed News After BuzzFeed News


Oracle Exec Mocks Google Arguments About Java's APIs

"Whether it is consumers' data or competitors' code, Google's view seems to be the same: What's mine is mine, and what's yours is mine," argues Oracle executive vice president Kenneth Glueck. Google had urged America's Supreme Court to rule in their ongoing legal case about access to Java's APIs, a case which Google says hinges on "whether developers should be able to create new applications using standard ways of accessing common functions. Those functions are the building blocks of computer ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Microsoft, White House, Tech, Oracle, Reuters, Walker, Google Android, Kent Walker, America s Supreme Court, Kenneth Glueck


After an employee backlash, Google has cancelled its AI ethics board a little more than a week after announcing it (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google has shut down its new AI ethics board. It was only announced last week. It ran into immediate controversy over its choice of members, with thousands of employees signing a petition against a member who made anti-trans comments. Google has shut down its AI ethics board little more than a week after announcing it. Vox reports that the Silicon Valley tech giant has scrapped the group, which had been intended to scrutinise the company's work on artificial intelligence to ensure the tech is...
Tags: Google, North Korea, Trends, Silicon Valley, Vox, James, Kim Jong, Heritage Foundation, Kent Walker, Kay Coles James, Alessandro Acquisti, Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, Googlers Against Transphobia, Heritage Foundation Last Tuesday Google


Over a thousand Google employees have signed a petition calling for the removal of a member of Google's new AI ethics board over her comments on immigrants and trans people (GOOGL, GOOG)

Over a thousand Google employees have signed a petition calling for the removal of Kay Coles James, the president of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, from Google's recently announced artificial-intelligence ethics board. James has previously made anti-trans comments, including calling transgender women "biological males." Googlers Against Transphobia, the group behind the petition, wrote that for Google to appoint James to the ethics board "elevates and endorses her views, impl...
Tags: Google, Trends, Signal, James, Trump, Heritage Foundation, Kent Walker, Sundar, Kay Coles James, Alessandro Acquisti, Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, Googlers Against Transphobia


Google set up an external ethics council for AI, but one of its members was called out for her views on trans people and immigration

Google on Tuesday announced a new external ethics council which will examine its development of AI. Google VP of Global Affairs Kent Walker said the group will look at ethical problems including "facial recognition and fairness in machine learning." One of the council's members heads up a conservative US think-tank, and was criticized by a Washington University researcher for her views on trans people and immigration. Google has set up a new external ethics council to oversee its development ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Jordan, Republican, Donald Trump, James, University of Washington, Walker, Washington University, Heritage Foundation, Google Google, Kent Walker


Ethics in AI – Google Announces External AI Advisory Council #emTechDigital

Google’s VP Kent Walker announced that Google will build an external AI advisory council. They come from our continents and from many disciplines. Google will be providing a release that has... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Google, Innovation, Kent Walker, Google Announces External AI Advisory Council


Google Hit With $1.7 Billion Fine in Europe for Abusing Advertising Dominance

European regulators fined Google €1.49 billion (or $1.7 billion) on Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the online advertising business by imposing restrictive and anticompetitive contracts on its European customers.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Europe, Science, Antitrust, Adsense, Margrethe Vestager, Kent Walker


Google Hit With $1.7 Billion in Europe for Abusing Advertising Dominance

European regulators fined Google €1.49 billion (or $1.7 billion) on Wednesday for abusing its dominance in the online advertising business by imposing restrictive and anticompetitive contracts on its European customers.Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Europe, Science, Antitrust, Adsense, Margrethe Vestager, Kent Walker


Google fined $1.7 billion over a 3rd breach of EU antitrust rules in 3 years

Google was fined $1.7 billion by the European Union for its third breach of EU antitrust rules in three years. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the latest fine was for "illegal practices in search advertising brokering to cement its dominant market position." Google's EU fines since 2017 now total $9.4 billion. Google has been punished with a third fine by the European Union in three years. The Alphabet-owned company was fined €1.49 billion, or $1.7 billion, on Wednes...
Tags: Google, Europe, Trends, Eu, European Union, Commission, European Commission, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, Kent Walker, CNBC Google


Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe

Google is widely expected to be handed a third antitrust fine in Europe this week, with reports suggesting the European Commission’s decision in its long-running could land later today. Right on cue the search giant has PRed another Android product tweak — which it bills as “supporting choice and competition in Europe”. In the coming months Google says it will start prompting users of existing and new Android devices in Europe to ask which browser and search apps they would like to us...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Europe, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Search Engines, Smartphone, Image Search, Policy, Chrome Os


Google will let Android users choose a rival browser to avoid further wrath from the EU

Google is going to make it easier for Android users in Europe to select competing browsers and search apps. It follows Google being fined a record $5 billion last year after it was found in breach antitrust laws for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. The EU is expected to slap Google with a third antitrust fine in as many years later today. Google is rolling out a major change to its Android phones after being found in breach of EU antitrust laws last year — and ahead of a...
Tags: Google, Europe, Microsoft, Russia, Trends, Eu, Financial Times, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, Walker, SVP, Kent Walker


Google Warns News Sites May Lose 45 Percent of Traffic If EU Passes Its Copyright Reform

Google's SVP of Global Affairs, Kent Walker, laid out Google's opposition to the EU's highly contested copyright reform rules. "Google warns Article 11 and Article 13 could have catastrophic effects on the creative economy in Europe by hampering user uploads and news sharing," reports The Next Web. From the report: Article 11 in its current form will limit news aggregators' abilities to show snippets of articles. According to Google's own experiments, the impact of it only showing URLs, very sho...
Tags: Google, Europe, Tech, Eu, European Parliament, Walker, Zdnet, Kent Walker


Google agrees not to sell facial recognition tech, citing abuse potential

In recent months, pressure has been mounting for major tech firms to develop strong policies regarding facial recognition. Microsoft has helped lead the way on that front, promising to put in place stricter policies, calling for greater regulation and asking fellow companies to follow suit. Hidden toward the end of a blog post about using artificial intelligence to benefit health clinics in Asia, Google SVP Kent Walker affirmed the company’s commitment not to sell facial recognition APIs. Th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Asia, Microsoft, Privacy, Artificial Intelligence, Aclu, Facial Recognition, The Washington Post, Sundar Pichai, Walker, Kent Walker, Google Cloud, Rekognition, Nicole Ozer


Google launches Thai AI project to screen for diabetic eye disease

The eye screening program in Thailand follows a similar Google program in India and highlights a push by big tech companies to show the social benefits of new AI technologies. "As a society, we have a responsibility to use AI in the best possible way," Kent Walker, the company's Senior Vice President for Global Affairs, said in speech at a Google event in Bangkok on Thursday. The event also highlighted other social benefits of Google's AI projects, such as stopping illegal fishing in Indonesia...
Tags: Google, Science, India, Thailand, Bangkok, Kent Walker


Big tech must not reframe digital ethics in its image

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s visage loomed large over the European parliament this week, both literally and figuratively, as global privacy regulators gathered in Brussels to interrogate the human impacts of technologies that derive their power and persuasiveness from our data. The eponymous social network has been at the center of a privacy storm this year. And every fresh Facebook content concern — be it about discrimination or hate speech or cultural insensitivity — adds to a damagin...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, UK, Cook, Washington, China, India, US, San Francisco, Tech, Eu, United States


Google back in court arguing against a global ‘right to be forgotten’

Google’s lawyers are in Europe’s top court today arguing against applying the region’s so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling globally domains, rather only geo-limiting delistings to European sub-domains (as it does now). The original rtbf ruling was also a European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision. Back in 2014 the court ruled search engines must respect Europeans’ privacy rights, and — on request — remove erroneous, irrelevant and/or outdated information about a private citizen. Google ...
Tags: Google, Europe, France, Wikipedia, Tech, Eu, European Union, Wikimedia, Mark Scott, Rtbf, Jimmy Wales, Cnil, Ecj, DPA, European Court of Justice ECJ, Kent Walker


Google rebuked by Senate Intelligence Committee for not sending Page or Pichai to testify

Alphabet’s decision to decline to send its CEO Larry Page to today’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing — to answer questions about what social media platforms are doing to thwart foreign influence operations intended to sow political division in the U.S. — has earned it a stinging rebuke from the committee’s vice chair, Sen. Mark Warner. “I’m deeply disappointed that Google – one of the most influential digital platforms in the world – chose not to send its own top corporate leadership...
Tags: Google, Security, Social, Facebook, Gmail, Privacy, Congress, Youtube, Washington, US, Google Search, Tech, Eu, Larry Page, United States, Warner


The Senate is tearing into Google for refusing to send a top exec to testify — and even left an empty chair and name tag to highlight its displeasure

Alphabet CEO Larry Page declined to attend Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election security, despite appearances from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg. The committee left an empty chair to highlight Google's absence, and senators tore into the company in their opening remarks. WASHINGTON — Larry Page, the chief executive of Alphabet, declined the invitation to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, de...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Youtube, Washington, Senate, Virginia, Trends, Larry Page, Warner, Kremlin, Jack Dorsey, North Carolina, Senate Intelligence Committee, Sundar Pichai, Sheryl Sandberg


The Senate is tearing into Google for refusing to send a top exec to testify — and even left an empty chair and name tag to highlight their displeasure

Alphabet CEO Larry Page declined to attend the Senate Intelligence hearing on election security, despite appearances from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The committee left an empty chair open for Google to put their absence on display, and Senators tore into the company in their opening remarks, criticizing the company's absence. WASHINGTON — Larry Page, the Chief Executive Officer of Alphabet, declined the invitation to appear before the Senate Select Committee on...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Florida, Youtube, Washington, Senate, Trends, Larry Page, Marco Rubio, Warner, Kremlin, Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, Dorsey, Rubio, Internet Research Agency


Meet the Google executive who will give evidence on the giant threat facing US democracy

Google is set to be empty-chaired by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday during a crucial hearing on election interference. Sundar Pichai and Larry Page declined to give evidence alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Instead, the company will send its top lawyer, Kent Walker, to Washington to provide written testimony to senators. Empty chairing is not without precedent, but the stakes have rarely been so high, making Google's absence all the more prono...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Congress, Washington, White House, China, Defense, US, Trends, Eu, Larry Page, Britain, Jack Dorsey, Senate Intelligence Committee, Sundar Pichai


Facebook and Twitter have to answer for this

On Wednesday, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee about what they're doing to protect the integrity of future elections. Committee Chairman Sen. Richard Burr has said he'll put an empty chair in the hearing room for Google, which refused to send a top executive. (The company offered to send its senior vice president of global affairs, Kent Walker, and senators declined, saying Walker is...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Stories, Jack Dorsey, Senate Intelligence Committee, Committee, Sheryl Sandberg, Walker, Sen Richard Burr, Kent Walker


Here's Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's opening statement to Congress on Russian interference: 'We were too slow' (FB)

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will testify before a US Senate select committee on election interference on Wednesday. A copy of her opening statement has been released early. Sandberg will apologise for Facebook's response to Russian interference during the 2016 US presidential election: "We were too slow to spot this and too slow to act." It will be Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's turn in the Congressional hot seat on Wednesday, and she plans to offer an apologetic message: "We were too slow ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, Senate, Russia, US, Samsung, America, Trends, Larry Page, US Senate, Sundar Pichai, Sheryl Sandberg, Dorsey, Congressional, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg


Instead of Larry Page, Google sends written testimony to tech’s Senate hearing

Silicon Valley is about to have another big moment before Congress. On Wednesday, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg will go before the Senate Intelligence Committee to follow-up on their work investigating (and hopefully thwarting) Russian government-linked campaigns to sow political division in the US. The hearing is titled “Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms” and begins tomorrow morning at 9:30 AM ET. It will be both Dorsey and Sandber...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Congress, Washington, Senate, US, Tech, Larry Page, Policy, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, Jack Dorsey, Senate Intelligence Committee


Throwing it back: Google leaders share their first summer jobs

As the old saying goes, “get a summer job and you’ll stick with it forever.” Just kidding, no one says that. If they did, many of Google’s leaders—who earned their first paychecks serving burgers, planting trees and hawking hair accessories—would be doing something pretty different right now.If you looked at the resumes of the people leading teams, initiatives and products at Google today, you'd see a wide range of first jobs that, in many cases, taught lessons that still ring true. So as people...
Tags: Google, Oregon, Canada, Michigan, Googlers, Kfc, Jacquelline Fuller, Corey, Vint Cerf, Kent Walker, Richard Gingras, Jeff Dean, Don Harrison, Danielle Brown, Stacy Sullivan, Corey duBrowa


Google removes YouTube channels and web accounts tied to Iran

Google has deleted 39 YouTube channels and 19 other web pages connected to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, a state-run media outlet, citing "attempted state-sponsored hacking and influence campaigns." The move comes after Facebook and Twitter pulled hundreds of social accounts tied to Iran for similar reasons.Alphabet's Google concluded that the manipulation efforts began as early as January 2017, Kent Walker, head of global affairs, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Google worked wit...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Advertising, Iran, Senate Intelligence Committee, Walker, Facebook and Twitter, Kent Walker, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting