Despite Google record fine, ‘super-monopolies’ unlikely to change much

Silicon Valley behemoth Google was hit with a record €2.4 billion ($2.7 billion) fine Tuesday from the European Union for improperly promoting its own services in search results, and ordered to change its practices within 90 days or face further penalties. "We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today," Google's general counsel reportedly said, adding … Continue reading Despite Google record fine, ‘super-monopolies’ unlikely to change much

WCry ransomware attack exposes murky NSA-corporate ties yet again

Last week's cyberattack on computers in multiple countries via ransomware known as "WannaCry"  has made numerous headlines and sparked much discussion and criticism. One side of the story of this major security breach to receive less attention, however, is the light it shines on the cozy relationship between major tech companies and the National Security … Continue reading WCry ransomware attack exposes murky NSA-corporate ties yet again

DoD officials deny ‘general AI’ plans they admire tech companies for working on

  Last week at an Air Force Association event, William Roper, head of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, shared some of his thoughts on artificial intelligence, and the role he envisions for it in the next major war. Except that the outbreak of this hypothetical future conflict "shouldn’t look like war at all," as Defense … Continue reading DoD officials deny ‘general AI’ plans they admire tech companies for working on

Tech industry players push for ‘brain-computer interface’

The development of artificial intelligence involves huge inherent risks, as anyone who has seen a few science fiction movies could probably tell you. Despite understanding this, however, tech tycoons are recklessly pushing to develop dystopian brain-implanted cyborg technologies as they see a chance to profit -- and that the potential for things to go wrong, … Continue reading Tech industry players push for ‘brain-computer interface’

Critics question FBI use of National Security Letters

Every year the Federal Bureau of Investigation issues tens of thousands of "National Security Letters." These demands for information from communications service providers are a key component in the U.S. government's domestic surveillance apparatus, yet the details of how they are used were long kept largely secret from the public. This has begun to change … Continue reading Critics question FBI use of National Security Letters

Silicon Valley warms up to Trump

During the election campaign, nearly all of Silicon Valley's biggest tech executives backed Hillary Clinton. But following Donald Trump's victory in November and a meeting last month between the president-elect and tech leaders, Silicon Valley appears to be largely embracing the incoming administration as the political landscape shifts. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet, parent company … Continue reading Silicon Valley warms up to Trump

Tech Giants Promote Dystopian ‘Smart Homes’

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated," the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states. While we still have the right -at least on paper - to privacy in our homes, however, many Americans appear increasingly willing to trade … Continue reading Tech Giants Promote Dystopian ‘Smart Homes’

Bilderberg Details Elusive as Dresden Meeting Nears

While the news cycle focuses on the U.S. presidential election and Democratic primaries, another event this week may influence the course of world events equally if not more, though it's hard to say, given its secrecy. The 2016 meeting of the Bilderberg Group kicks off in Dresden, Germany this Thursday and lasts through the weekend. … Continue reading Bilderberg Details Elusive as Dresden Meeting Nears

Activists See Threat, Investors See Cash Cow

Privacy advocates claimed a small victory last week, as a proposed last-minute change to an Illinois face recognition law was withdrawn shortly after being introduced. Illinois has a strong biometrics privacy law, which requires companies to get consent before collecting biometric data such as face, iris, or fingerprint scans. The change, proposed by Illinois Senator … Continue reading Activists See Threat, Investors See Cash Cow