Will Democrats be bold and pledge to break up tech monopolies? | Ross Barkan

Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have accrued so much power, it has damaged American democracy

For those Democrats who dream of being president, it’s no longer safe to play it safe. We live in a dangerous, unstable time in a democracy that is far from healthy. Many of the forces corroding it precede Donald Trump, despite progressives who would tell you otherwise – this entire century, so far, has been a misery for many Americans.

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How Europe’s ‘breakthrough’ privacy law takes on Facebook and Google

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is forcing big changes at tech’s biggest firms – even if the US isn’t likely to follow suit

Despite the political theatre of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional interrogations last week, Facebook’s business model isn’t at any real risk from regulators in the US. In Europe, however, the looming General Data Protection Regulation will give people better privacy protections and force companies including Facebook to make sweeping changes to the way they collect data and consent from users – with huge fines for those who don’t comply.

“It’s changing the balance of power from the giant digital marketing companies to focus on the needs of individuals and democratic society,” said Jeffrey Chester, founder of the Center for Digital Democracy. “That’s an incredible breakthrough.”

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Facebook is a tyranny – and our government isn’t built to stop it

America’s founders didn’t envision the power of the corporation. We need a new structure for self-governance that can counter 21st-century monopolies

Last week, Senator Dick Durbin asked: “Mr Zuckerberg, would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?”

The Facebook CEO froze and then answered: “No.”

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San Francisco’s scooter war: city hits back as ‘unlawful’ schemes flood streets

City officials send cease-and-desist letters to electric scooter startups, as local residents complain the unregulated schemes are a nuisance

Some people are tossing the scooters into trash cans and lakes. Others are tripping over them on the sidewalk, complaining of broken toes and dangerous collisions.

The San Francisco war over electric scooters – which several startups have dumped onto sidewalks in a competitive rush to launch unregulated rental programs – dramatically escalated on Monday when the city attorney sent cease-and-desist letters, warning that authorities would “impound” the motorized devices to stop the “dangerous” and “unlawful operation”.

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How to get rich quick in Silicon Valley | Corey Pein

Corey Pein took his half-baked startup idea to America’s hottest billionaire factory – and found a wasteland of techie hustlers and con men

The most desirable career of the 21st century, with numerous advantages over other fast-growing occupations such as hospice carer and rickshaw driver, is being a billionaire. Prior to the incorporation of US Steel in 1901, the world didn’t have a single billion-dollar company, much less a billion-dollar individual. Today, more people than ever are becoming billionaires – 2,000 and counting have made the great leap upward, according to the “global wealth team” at Forbes. And the US’s hottest billionaire factory is located in the most hyped yet least understood swath of suburban sprawl in the world: Silicon Valley.

Despite what you may have heard, hard work in your chosen trade is absolutely the stupidest way to join the billionaires club. In Silicon Valley, the world’s most brilliant MBAs and IT professionals discovered a shortcut to fabulous riches. Ambitious Ivy Leaguers who once flocked to Wall Street are now packing up and heading west. The Valley’s startup founders, investors, equity-holding executives and fee-taking middlemen have thrived above all. Inspired by their success, my idea was to move to Silicon Valley, pitch a startup and become obscenely rich. I left home with some homemade business cards showing my new email address, futurebillionaire@aol.com, and a bunch of half-baked ideas.

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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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You’re Addicted to Your Smartphone. This Company Thinks It Can Change That

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, Time The headquarters of Boundless Mind looks as if it were created by a set designer to satisfy a cultural cliché. The tech startup is run out of a one-car garage a few blocks from California’s Venice Beach. On the morning I Läs mer…

Fact-checking Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony about Facebook privacy

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech When it came to data collection, the CEO cleverly deflected lawmakers’ scrutiny. Here are the claims that don’t stand up Report: Zuckerberg grilled over user tracking Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg remained calm and composed as he sat through more Läs mer…

Susan Fowler on her fight after Uber: tearing down the system that protects harassers

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech In an exclusive interview, Susan Fowler – the engineer who kickstarted a reckoning on sexual harassment in Silicon Valley – says the industry must end an obscure legal clause that prevents people like her seeking justice Susan Fowler has Läs mer…

YouTube shooting: apparent motive highlights tension with video ‘creators’

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Shooting suspect appears to be a frustrated YouTuber who claimed the site censored her views through its ‘monetization’ policies The apparent motive in Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube’s headquarters is shining a light on the video-sharing platform’s complicated relationship with Läs mer…

YouTube shooting: police identify woman who opened fire at HQ

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Nasim Najafi Aghdam injured three people at San Francisco office before killing herself Police in California have named a woman who opened fire at YouTube’s headquarters in a suburb of San Francisco, injuring three, before killing herself. Officials from Läs mer…

YouTube shooting: gun attacks in the US are rarely carried out by women

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Overall, men are much more likely to commit murders than women are, according to FBI data One of the reasons that the shooting at YouTube’s California headquarters on Wednesday stood out was that the suspect, police said, was a Läs mer…

YouTube incident: police respond to ‘active shooter’ at headquarters

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Police have surrounding the Silicon Valley campus as YouTube employees posted on Twitter about barricading themselves inside Police have surrounded YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, responding to reports of a shooting on campus. San Bruno police wrote on Twitter: Läs mer…

Facebook apologises for storing draft videos users thought they had deleted

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Facebook says ‘bug’ resulted in videos being kept, while CEO Mark Zuckerberg hits back at Apple chief Tim Cook’s ‘extremely glib’ attack Facebook continues to deal with the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica files, announcing policy changes and bug Läs mer…

Chips are down: Apple to stop using Intel processors in Macs, reports say

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The Guardian tech Intel shares fall 6% after Apple said to be planning to design chips for computers in-house Apple is reportedly planning to drop Intel chips from its Mac computers as early as 2020, replacing them with processors designed in-house in Läs mer…