Cable calls for ‘tech titans’ Google, Facebook and Amazon to be broken up

Liberal Democrat leader claims recent scandals have shown web companies have gone from ‘heroes to villains very quickly’

Vince Cable has compared Google, Amazon and Facebook to the US oil monopolies that exploited their market power more than a century ago – and called for them to be broken up.

In a speech in London, the Liberal Democrat leader said a series of recent scandals, including revelations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, meant the “tech titans” had “progressed from heroes to villains very quickly”.

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The Guardian view on Facebook’s business: a danger to democracy | Editorial

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian The conceit of data mining firms is that they could win elections by moulding electorates based on new identities and value systems – a process accelerated by the echo chamber of social media Facebook sees itself as a commercial firm, Läs mer…

Cambridge Analytica chief refuses to appear before fake news inquiry

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Alexander Nix’s lawyers cite criminal investigation into firm’s use of data as reason for no-show The suspended head of Cambridge Analytica has refused to appear before a parliamentary inquiry into fake news, citing an investigation by the information commissioner about Läs mer…

Number of Facebook users whose data was compromised ‘far more than 87m’, MPs told

Former Cambridge Analytica employee gives evidence before parliamentary committee

Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.

Speaking to the Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee, Kaiser said Cambridge Analytica had a suite of personality quizzes designed to extract personal data from the social network, of which Aleksandr Kogan’s This Is Your Digital Life app was just one example.

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People ‘very frightened’ to learn of Nazi-style propaganda online, says culture committee chair – Politics live

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 10.01am BST David Lidington, the Cabinet Office minister, told the Today programme this morning that the government is still not certain whether any Windrush-era citizens in the UK have been Läs mer…

Cambridge Analytica: ex-director says firm pitched detailed strategy to Leave.EU

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Brittany Kaiser says she carried out study on microtargeting people likely to back Brexit A former Cambridge Analytica director has confirmed that the firm pitched “a very detailed strategy” to Leave.EU on how it could use data and psychological profiling Läs mer…

The People vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett review – once more into the digital apocalypse

The latest treatise on technology taking over our lives suggests democratic systems are incompatible with the digital age, but the theory lacks coherence

There is a clear, algorithmic formula for writing books about technology and society in 2018. Authors are generally required to be male, their documented personal journey must have been from that of techno-optimist to techno-sceptic to techno-panicker. There must be an urgent existential threat to either democracy or humanity lurking in the code base of Silicon Valley companies. The intractable crisis is not so profound, however, that it cannot be solved by a hail of partially thought-through remedies tacked on in the appendix.

This recipe is producing a growing body of what might be termed “techlash” literature: the backlash against Silicon Valley and its seemingly unstoppable accretion of wealth, data and cultural and political capital. Where once we might have read expansive works of science fiction creating vivid and ambiguous alternative realities to help us navigate the future, now we have worrisome documentaries of threats so present they have often played out by the time the galley hits the review pile. In the last year several notable techlash titles have appeared, including Franklin Foer’s World Without Mind, Tim Wu’s The Attention Merchants and Jonathan Taplin’s Move Fast and Break Things.

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Cambridge Analytica scandal ‘highlights need for AI regulation’

Lords report stresses need for artificial intelligence to be used for the common good

Britain needs to lead the way on artificial intelligence regulation, in order to prevent companies such as Cambridge Analytica setting precedents for dangerous and unethical use of the technology, the head of the House of Lords select committee on AI has warned.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal, Lord Clement-Jones said, reinforced the committee’s findings, released on Monday in the report “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?”

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How Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony lurched from easy ride to privacy headache

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Facebook founder was lost for words, as Representatives asked questions about user tracking around the net As Mark Zuckerberg left Congress on Tuesday after testifying to the Senate, he may have felt relieved. The four-hour Q&A session had been Läs mer…

Zuckerberg faces Congress: the biggest highlights from day two – video

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech The Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, again faced lengthy questioning from Congress on Wednesday. The key topic of debate was the company’s ability to track users in areas such as shopping habits, browsing histories and users’ locations. Zuckerberg also revealed Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg testimony: Facebook CEO faces second day of questioning – live

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Facebook CEO appears at Senate hearing to answer questions over data misuse in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations Full report: Zuckerberg vows to fight election meddling Analysis: Congress tried to crack CEO – but Facebook still has Läs mer…

Five questions Mark Zuckerberg should be asked by Congress

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech As embattled Facebook founder appears before Congress again, here is what should be put to him Zuckerberg made the rookie error of leaving out his notes, which an AP reporter promptly snapped. One section said: “Break up FB? US Läs mer…

Facebook scandal may lead to stricter EU rules on online hate speech

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Commissioner says voluntary code could be scrapped in favour of legislation and sanctions A loss of trust in Facebook in the light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal could prompt the EU to scrap its voluntary code of conduct on Läs mer…

Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress: the key moments

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Facebook’s chief executive on the right to privacy, banning Cambridge Analytica and the things he is taking responsibility for Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, faced US Congress for the first time on Tuesday over the data harvested from millions Läs mer…

Zuckerberg faces day of reckoning as Congress threatens Facebook with regulation

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Senators express deep concern over Facebook’s mishandling of users’ data Zuckerberg promises to conduct a ‘full investigation’ into every app that has access to users’ data Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, was being grilled by the US Senate Läs mer…