Smart motorways face further scrutiny as MPs launch inquiry | Automotive industry

Smart motorways are to come under further scrutiny as MPs launch a fresh inquiry into their benefits and dangers, just weeks after a coroner referred Highways England to prosecutors for possible corporate manslaughter after the death of a motorist on the M1. The Commons transport select committee is to investigate Continue Reading

‘I never felt like I was good enough’: Panel of young people open up about poor body image as part of government inquiry- Tempemail

“ Scrolling through images on social media platforms had a really detrimental effect on the way I saw my body. I started to scrutinise the way I looked and, unfortunately, I reached a critical crisis and developed body dysmorphia.” These are the words of Danny Bowman, a 25-year-old man who, Continue Reading

TikTok hits back at ‘misinformation’ about its ties to China in submission to Senate inquiry | Technology

Video messaging app TikTok has hit back at what it says is “misinformation” about its connection to China, characterising itself as a global platform with “strict controls around security and data access”. The hugely popular platform has used a submission to the Senate inquiry into foreign interference through social media Continue Reading

Anti-encrytion laws yet to be used by Asio or AFP to compel tech firms’ help, inquiry told | Australia news

Neither the spy agency, Asio, nor the Australian federal police have compelled tech companies to provide assistance under the country’s controversial anti-encryption laws that have been in force for nearly two years, a parliamentary inquiry has heard. Both agencies said on Friday they had so far secured voluntary cooperation from Continue Reading

US thinktank linked to Google donations criticised ‘problematic’ ACCC digital media inquiry | Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)- Tempemail

An American thinktank funded partly by undisclosed donations from Google tried to convince Australia’s competition watchdog not to regulate the media giant during a landmark digital platforms inquiry. The Global Antitrust Institute, a thinktank based at Virginia’s George Mason University, last year submitted a strident, 24-page condemnation of preliminary findings Continue Reading

Brazil police raid 29 addresses in inquiry into rightwing fake news network | World news- Tempemail

Brazilian police have raided addresses linked to some of Jair Bolsonaro’s most ardent online cheerleaders as part of an investigation into a fake news network investigators reportedly suspect could be linked to the president’s son. The operation’s targets were an eclectic and influential cast of hardcore Bolsonaristas including a former Continue Reading

Tesla driver who died in ‘autopilot’ crash was playing on phone, inquiry finds | Technology

A Tesla driver killed in a Silicon Valley crash was playing a video game on his smartphone at the time of his fatal crash, investigators said on Tuesday. The Tempemail Transport and Safety Board (NTSB) investigation found that Walter Huang, a 38-year-old Apple software engineer and game developer, made no Continue Reading

Amazon’s deal with Deliveroo faces in-depth inquiry | Business

Amazon’s UK ambitions have been checked by the competition watchdog after it launched an in-depth investigation into the online retailer’s purchase of a stake in food delivery company Deliveroo. The Competition and Markets Authority announced the probe on Friday after Amazon and Deliveroo declined to offer concessions in response to Continue Reading

Australian politicians call for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to appear before inquiry | Australia news

Mark Zuckerberg is facing calls to appear before Australia’s parliament and explain how Facebook failed to detect and stop a massive global disinformation network from spreading hate and influencing voters over a two-year period. The Senate this week set up a new inquiry to examine why Facebook and other social Continue Reading