“The UK launch in January will build on the success Facebook News has seen in the US, where we’ve found more than 95% of the traffic Facebook News delivers to publishers is new audiences that have not interacted with those news outlets in the past. Facebook is committed to supporting news organisations as they adapt to the changing digital world, and we are delighted to have so many partners working with us at this early stage. We’re in active negotiations to bring Facebook News to France and Germany as well, and we will continue to work with publishers in countries where market conditions and regulatory environments invite this kind of investment and innovation.”
“Privacy advocates in the UK are claiming victory as an appeals court ruled today that police use of facial recognition technology in that country has « fundamental deficiencies » and violates several laws.South Wales Police began using automated facial recognition technology on a trial basis in 2017, deploying a system called AFR Locate overtly at several dozen major events such as soccer matches. Police matched the scans against watchlists of known individuals to identify persons who were wanted by the police, had open warrants against them, or were in some other way persons of interest.”
“This isn’t a kind of fluffy charity providing free services. It’s is a very hard-headed international business and these big tech companies are essentially the world’s biggest global advertisers, that’s where they make their billions. […] these big companies, particularly where there are monopolies, can’t frankly reform themselves. It will have to come from outside.”
“L’ancien vice-premier ministre va devoir faire oublier ses diatribes contre la façon dont Facebook esquive l’impôt, et sa critique des prétentions des réseaux sociaux à changer le monde en bien. « Je ne suis pas spécialement ébloui par Facebook, écrivait-il en 2016 dans l’Evening Standard. Je trouve un peu agaçante la culture messianique californienne de Facebook où tout le monde est ami. » Aujourd’hui, alors que Facebook est accusé d’avoir influencé les élections américaines et le référendum sur le Brexit, Nick Clegg affirme son désir de s’attaquer aux immenses défis des réseaux sociaux que sont notamment « le contrôle sur les données personnelles, l’intégrité de notre processus démocratique, les tensions entre l’Internet mondial et les institutions nationales, l’équilibre entre la libre expression et les contenus illégaux ». Après avoir codirigé un pays, le voilà engagé pour « construire des ponts entre la politique et la technologie afin que cette dernière puisse se mettre au service du progrès et de l’opt”
“On its face, Amazon’s decision to raise wages is unequivocally a good thing, with the power to positively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of workers who were paid low wages even as their employer amassed enormous wealth. The pay increase also demonstrates the effectiveness of the Fight for $15 movement, a grassroots push formed in 2012 to increase pay and form unions in the retail and fast food industries.”
«Collins welcomed the cooperation, but noted that Facebook has still not provided all the information it promised. “I look forward to them sharing with us, amongst other information: the exact number of accounts that they have suspended; how they are resourcing their fight against bots; their methodology of how they identify fake accounts; and how they determine what country those accounts come from».
«I don’t need to understand how encryption works to understand how it’s helping – end-to-end encryption – the criminals. »I will engage with the security services to find the best way to combat that» – Amber Rudd (Home Secretary – United Kingdom).
« The internet has brought a wealth of opportunity but also significant new risks which have evolved faster than society’s response to them. We want social media companies to do more to help redress the balance and will take action to make sure they do » – Theresa May.
« Ingesting data, predicting trends, and suggesting solutions is almost perfectly suited to DeepMind’s neural network expertise. While the National Grid is surely aware of some potential optimisations, a more rigorous investigation by a DeepMind AI may uncover solutions that the grid’s human operators have never considered. One thing’s for certain: a system as large as the UK grid has millions of inefficiencies ».
Web users in the UK will be banned from accessing websites portraying a range of non-conventional sexual acts, under a little discussed clause to a government bill currently going through parliament. The proposal, part of the digital economy bill, would force internet service providers to block sites hosting content that would not be certified for commercial DVD sale by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).