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Mozilla's 2018 Internet Health Report Rings Alarm Bells

April 11, 2018

Into this proud moment in history comes Mozilla, with its latest report on the overall health of the internet. It’s a 53-page document that touches on a huge range of topics, from cybersecurity and privacy to the cost of online access and net neutrality. And -- spoiler alert -- most of these topics aren’t doing all that well.

6 of the biggest companies in the US that are best for women

April 11, 2018

America's largest companies have a long way to go before they can achieve equal pay -- the National Women's Law Center reports American women make $0.80 for men's $1.00-- but companies like General Motors and PepsiCo are making changes that pay women and men equally for the same work and foster pathways to higher-paying leadership positions.

Senate fails its Zuckerberg test

April 11, 2018

What the first day of the Zuckerberg hearings made clear is that many American lawmakers are illiterate when it comes to 21st century technology. As a result, the issue that was supposed to be the focus of the hearing -- "social media privacy and the use and abuse of data," as Sen. Chuck Grassley put it -- was but one among many. And at the moment when the country needed a smart conversation about privacy, what it got was meandering questions and misfires.

Californians Don't Want Autonomous Cars in Their Neighborhoods

April 11, 2018

The SurveyUSA News Poll of over 1,100 California adults found that 58 percent said they did not believe the cars should be allowed on their neighborhood streets, while 57 percent said they would feel "unsafe" or "very unsafe" riding in such a vehicle.

GDPR is coming. Are you ready?

April 10, 2018

"One of the biggest challenges that I think comes with the GDPR is how do you enable an ongoing program within the enterprise? It's not a tick-box exercise. There is a fundamental change required in an enterprise in order to comply on an ongoing basis with the GDPR."

Why is the U.S. accusing China of stealing intellectual property?

April 08, 2018

Since China first opened its markets, Beijing has been dogged by accusations that it forces U.S. firms to transfer technology to their Chinese business partners in return for access to the country’s 1.4 billion citizens.

Facebook Exposed 87 Million Users to Cambridge Analytica

April 06, 2018

Facebook now says the data firm Cambridge Analytica gained unauthorized access to up to 87 million users' data, mainly in the United States. This figure is far higher than the 50 million users that were previously reported. Facebook's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer shared this figure at the end of a lengthy--and somewhat unrelated--blog post Wednesday that laid out a slew of changes Facebook is making to restrict access to user data.

Competing in the AI economy: An interview with MIT's Andrew McAfee

April 06, 2018

AI has arrived, but are companies ready for it? According to an MIT scientist, executives are underestimating the speed, scope, and scale of the disruption it will bring.

AI: The Pros, Cons, and What To Really Fear

April 05, 2018

From the moment the word “robot” was first uttered in a Czechoslovakian play nearly 100 years ago, man has feared his creation will someday kill the creator. It’s a narrative that has stuck with us, said Patrick Tucker, Defense One’s Technology Editor, at a recent event in Washington called Genius Machines: The Next Decade of Artificial Intelligence:...

Coffee Drinkers Need Cancer Warning, Judge Rules, Giving Sellers the Jitters

April 05, 2018

Coffee sellers are mulling how to fight a California judge’s ruling that would require the beverage to be branded with cancer warning labels. The National Coffee Association, whose members include Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts, said in a statement on Thursday that it was “currently considering all of its options, including potential appeals and further legal actions.”

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