Tech giants are happy to do Modi’s bidding in return for access to the Indian market | Facebook

For decades, India was a poster child for democratic development: a poor, sprawling, ethnically diverse country that nevertheless had regular elections and peaceful transfers of power – the hallmarks of a functioning democracy – albeit with the flaws inherent in such a system, including a single dominant party – the Continue Reading

The Guardian view on taxing the tech giants: time to pay up | Tax avoidance

The terrible global cloud that is the Covid-19 pandemic offered the world the glimpse of a silver lining this week. New tax proposals by Joe Biden mean that the economic emergency caused by coronavirus could result in big multinational corporations having to pay the fair amounts of tax they have Continue Reading

Web giants must stop cashing in on pension scam misery, say MPs | Scams

Ministers must force tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft to stop the “immoral” practice of profiting from the £10bn of pension fraud committed by internet scammers, a committee of MPs has urged. Fraudsters use online advertisements, mostly on Google, to trick people out of their pension funds, according Continue Reading

Tech giants to make Australia’s phone repairers extinct, Right to Repair inquiry hears | Business

Independent phone repairs companies could soon become extinct, small business owners have warned, as tech conglomerates such as Apple and Samsung continue to make it impossible for third parties to fix their devices. Nicholas Muradian, the founder and director of The Phone Spot, an independent repairs retailer with stores in Continue Reading

Taking on the tech giants: the lawyer fighting the power of algorithmic systems | Social networking

In July 2019, Cori Crider, a lawyer, investigator and activist, was introduced to a former Facebook employee whose work monitoring graphic content on the world’s largest social media platform had left deep psychological scars. As the moderator described the fallout of spending each day watching gruesome footage, Crider was first Continue Reading

It’s taken Donald Trump to show social media giants the meaning of moderation | Social media- Tempemail

The enforcement of policies on content moderation by popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, is a continuously contentious topic. Particularly so following the booting out of Donald Trump by the aforementioned companies in early January, just before he exited the White House in disgrace. Facebook’s decision was Continue Reading

Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants China Employees company Employees pay- Tempemail

E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. China’s internet industries already were known for long, demanding days. With millions of families confined at home, Continue Reading

The silencing of Trump has highlighted the authoritarian power of tech giants | Social media- Tempemail

It was eerily quiet on social media last week. That’s because Trump and his cultists had been “deplatformed”. By banning him, Twitter effectively took away the megaphone he’s been masterfully deploying since he ran for president. The shock of the 6 January assault on the Capitol was seismic enough to Continue Reading

Tech giants may face billions of pounds in fines from new UK watchdog | Business- Tempemail

The UK’s new tech regulator should have the power to fine Google, Facebook and other tech giants billions of pounds if they fail to stick to a new code of conduct, according to the competition regulator. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which will host the new dedicated Digital Markets Continue Reading

For the sake of democracy, social media giants must pay newspapers | Technology- Tempemail

The news that France’s court of appeal has ruled in favour of the French Competition Authority’s order that Google must negotiate payments with publishers for linking to their content has provoked predictable howls of outrage from the tech industry and their more sympathetic commentators. “This,” observes Benedict Evans, the analyst Continue Reading