This tech giant up for sale is a homegrown miracle – it must be saved for Britain | Will Hutton | Opinion

So, Brexit Tories, let’s see the colour of your money. So far, Brexit has meant billions spent on new, trade-inhibiting customs facilities, a proposed US trade deal that will necessarily compromise food standards to make us ill and a slump in inward investment. Not to mention deepening the crisis caused Continue Reading

‘After Boris Johnson’s Zoom call, all hell broke loose’: inside the world’s favourite video app | Technology

On 6 January, a day after the World Heath Organization first reported a strange cluster of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, a party invitation dropped online. “Mark your calendars”, read the invite sent out by Zoom, a video-conferencing company based in California, “for Zoomtopia 2020!” Innocently enough, Zoom was announcing Continue Reading

Congress forced Silicon Valley to answer for its misdeeds. It was a glorious sight | Matt Stoller | Opinion

“Our founders would not bow before a king, we should not bow before the emperors of the online economy.” That’s how Congressman David Cicilline started the remarkable hearing on Wednesday in the Antitrust Subcommittee, where four tech CEOs – Tim Cook of Apple, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai of Continue Reading

Covid-19 and technology: ‘This time has shown me that analogue life has its advantages’ | Membership

Julia Carrie Wong, senior technology reporter, Guardian US: Good morning from Oakland. To kick us off, I’d love to hear how tech reporting has changed for you since the lockdowns began? Alex Hern, UK technology editor: Well, on the positive side, it’s got a lot more efficient. Stripped of the Continue Reading

US congress just got more power to investigate Big Tech. Let’s make it count | Zephyr Teachout | Opinion

In the last decision of the 2019-2020 supreme court term, Trump v Mazars, John Roberts outdid himself in being John Roberts. He authored a 7-2 decision in which he appears to stand up against Donald Trump’s lawlessness, by clarifying that Congress can issue subpoenas for Trump financial documents. However, the Continue Reading

Real change or symbolism? What Silicon Valley is – and isn’t – doing to support Black Lives Matter | Technology

Major technology platforms are re-examining how they interact with police forces and regulate hate speech online following the death of George Floyd and the weeks of protests that ensued. From avatars and hashtags to policy changes and donations, here is what technology companies are saying about #BlackLivesMatter – and what Continue Reading

Seasteading – a vanity project for the rich or the future of humanity? | Environment

A white steel pole rises out of the sea off the Caribbean coast of Panama, poking above the waves like the funnel of a sunken steamship. Launched into the water last month, this is no shipwreck, but the base of what will soon become a floating home and, in the Continue Reading

The venture capitalist with a Silicon Valley solution for minority-owned businesses | Business

On first blush a Silicon Valley venture capitalist might not strike you as the first person to turn to when trying to address the racial wealth divide but these days we should take good ideas where we find them. Ash Shrivastav works for Buckhill Capital, a Silicon Valley-based private equity Continue Reading

Why are Google and Apple dictating how European democracies fight coronavirus? | Ieva Ilves | Opinion

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a rush by governments, private companies and digital startups to harness and develop the latest technologies in the fight against the spread of the virus. To best meet public health needs, digital technology should be able to trace the spread of the virus, identify Continue Reading

Facebook expects half of employees to work remotely over next 5-10 years | Technology

Facebook will permanently embrace remote work even after coronavirus lockdowns ease, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees on Thursday, accelerating the tech sector’s geographic diversification away from its home in Silicon Valley. Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network would start “aggressively opening up remote hiring”, expecting that about half its Continue Reading