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NEUTRAL PLATFORM OR BIASED PUBLISHER?

Texas congressman, Louie Gohmert, has introduced a bill to remove “special legal protections” that social media companies enjoy even if they behave like biased publishers rather than neutral platforms. NEUTRAL PLATFORM OR BIASED PUBLISHER? Congressman Gohmert has released a statement regarding the introduction of his bill, H.R.7363. Social media companies…

3.9 BILLION PEOPLE ARE USING THE INTERNET

ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, estimates that at the end of 2018, 51.2 percent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, were using the internet 3.9 BILLION PEOPLE ARE USING THE INTERNET technologies,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau.…

A NOT-SO-HEAVENLY NET

China’s facial recognition system known as “SkyNet”, literally translated as the “net of heaven”, will go hand in hand with a “social credit” system to be launched in 2020. There is an expression in Chinese that says the “net of heaven leaves no evil uncaught” but many people find the…

THE PURGE?

In a breathtaking display of outright Orwellian censorship, four major tech companies – Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify- colluded last month in what appeared to be a coordinated decision to de-platform Infowars, a popular and highly successful online news organization. For many people, this aggressive display of power by big…

HOW AI CAN DRIVE Economic DIVERSIFICATION

In a 2016 interview with al-Arabiya television, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman did not mince words when he said: “We have developed a case of oil addiction.” This is the central economic dilemma facing Saudi Arabia and the other oil-producing countries of the Middle East – their dependence…

SUMMONING THE DEMON?

In an open letter released in November 2017, 116 of the world’s leading robotics and AI specialists from 26 countries called on the United Nations to take action against the weaponization of artificial intelligence. The open letter was issued following an announcement by the UN that a newly-formed group of governmental…