5 October 2021

What the FLoC?

best and brightest minds in technology, would be the most vibrant and innovative companies in the world. Yet, a couple of recent reports reveal that their lead may be slipping. 

Facebook is a $100 billion/year advertising company that has no problem using AI and algorithms to create incredibly accurate profiles of every single user.  Yet, they cannot make the AI accurate enough so as not to mislabel people as primates?

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28 September 2021

Guilt by Association

Google Maps is a very convenient navigational tool used by millions around the world however, this ‘free’ tool comes at a potentially very high price. The convenience of having a phone with built-in GPS allows you to find your way around an unfamiliar city while on vacation, but it can also land you in hot water if police execute a geo-fence warrant – and your phone happens to be on the list.

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21 September 2021

To Compete or not to Compete

The FTC recently re-filed a lawsuit against Facebook for anti-competitive behaviour relating to its purchase of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. Both transactions were approved at the time, but things have changed. Facebook has leveraged these purchases to become a monopoly in the Social Media world. Fortunately, the FTC wants to re-consider its approvals.

As early as 2008, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook famously declared that “it is better to buy than to compete.” With Zuckerberg already on record as a big fan of anti-competitive behaviour four years earlier than the Instagram purchase, why did the FTC give its blessing to the transaction?

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30 July 2021

Should You Trust Big Tech with Your Identity?

The battle between convenience and privacy has been going on for years. We’re comfortable using Apple or Google digital wallets to pay for our morning coffee or scan our airline…

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28 January 2021

The Decentralists – Hot Topix: Free Speech is not Free

While moderating social media is necessary, what’s to stop Big Tech monopolies from getting trigger-happy when it comes to banning apps? Will free speech cease to exist?

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19 January 2021

A Parler Trick: How to Make a Social Network Disappear

It was a disappearing act that would make Houdini proud. One moment Parler was here and then, Poof, it was gone. So how did the social network with 12 million…

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30 September 2020

How Human Curation is Making its Way in the World of Artificial Intelligence

It wasn’t so long ago that self-driving cars, virtual assistants (like Amazon’s Alexa and  Apple’s Siri), and chatbots were just concepts. Today, Artificial intelligence (AI) is a part of almost…

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