Jim Steyer: the man who took on Mark Zuckerberg | Technology- Tempemail

With more than two billion users Facebook is bigger than Christianity,” says Stanford law professor Jim Steyer. “Their ability to amplify hate speech or white supremacy or racist messages is so extraordinary because of the scale of the platform.” It’s a typically bold statement from the man who set up Continue Reading

Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea | Technology

There is no power on this earth that is capable of holding Facebook to account. No legislature, no law enforcement agency, no regulator. Congress has failed. The EU has failed. When the Federal Trade Commission fined it a record $5bn for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, its stock Continue Reading

Struggling for shut-eye in lockdown? Sleep-tracking devices may help | Technology

Months in covd-19-induced lockdown have for many of us taken a toll on our sleep. From the late-night scrolling through news to the bizarre dreams and midnight wake-ups worrying, the stress of the coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc on our collective sleeping habits. A recent survey found two in Continue Reading

Victoria contact tracers access Covidsafe data 99 times but no identified close contacts reported | World news

As Melbourne suburbs are locked down and the government tries to get a second spike in cases in Victoria under control, contact tracers in the state have more than tripled the number of downloads from the Covidsafe app. Last week it was reported that Victorian health officials had downloaded data Continue Reading

Online privacy experts sound alarm as US Senate bill sparks surveillance fears | Technology

A US Senate bill that critics say would enable widespread censorship and surveillance has taken a significant step towards becoming law, raising alarm among internet freedom advocates. The Senate judiciary committee voted on Thursday to advance the Earn It Act, legislation that on paper is intended to address sexual exploitation. Continue Reading

Mark Zuckerberg: advertisers’ boycott of Facebook will end ‘soon enough’ | Technology

Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed the threat of a punishing boycott from major advertisers pressing Facebook to take a stronger stand on hate speech and said they will be back “soon enough”. According to a report by tech news site the Information, the Facebook founder and CEO sees the boycott from Continue Reading

Tesla becomes world’s most valuable carmaker without making a profit | Technology

Tesla has overhauled Japanese rival Toyota to become the world’s most valuable automotive company. Despite never having made a profit, the billionaire Elon Musk’s electric car manufacturer has been tipped by some pundits to achieve a valuation of more than $1tn (£800bn) as demand for electric vehicles soars. Shares in Continue Reading

$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN | Environment

At least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report. A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, Continue Reading

Commvault and Microsoft Partner to Deliver SaaS and Cloud Technology Solutions | Tempemail

Commvault and Microsoft have entered into a multi-year agreement that tightly integrates the go-to-market, engineering and sales of Commvault’s Metallic Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) data protection portfolio with Microsoft Azure – in the hopes of delivering ultimate scale and trusted security with simple SaaS management. Commvault and Microsoft are bringing together these Continue Reading

Why did it take so long for Reddit and Facebook to block racist groups? | Siva Vaidhyanathan | Opinion- Tempemail

This week, in a matter of just 48 hours, several social media companies made major changes to how their platforms are and can be used. Reddit deleted a group, or “subreddit”, called “The Donald” that was known for encouraging targeted harassment and hate speech. YouTube banned videos from white supremacists Continue Reading