Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Working with technologists, policy experts, and industry partners, we’ve crafted a set of principles that we believe will help ensure the internet remains open, trusted, and people-centred.

Google Parent Alphabet’s Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Google Parent Alphabet’s Smart City Vision in Toronto Poses Privacy Concerns

Sidewalk Labs identifies five key components of building the new district: economic development, sustainability, housing affordability, mobility, and urban innovation, which is vague but seems to mean using data to improve city services.

Canada's Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world

Canada's Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world

[Text On Screen: Canada's Digital Charter — Trust in a digital world]. The Honourable Navdeep Bains : And we must find a way to protect that data, while still being open to the economic opportunities of a data-driven world.

Policymakers seek to rebuild public confidence in a data-driven world

Policymakers seek to rebuild public confidence in a data-driven world

The event, held in central London, brought together policymakers, government advisors, and senior representatives of top international firms to discuss the future of data handling in the UK.“It’s essential to get this right,” said Roger Taylor, chair of the Centre of Data, Ethics, and Innovation, who kicked off proceedings by outlining the government’s forthcoming National Data Strategy.“The obstacles to the collection and use and sharing of data are many and varied.

Facebook says it shouldn’t be broken up because it is very successful

Facebook says it shouldn’t be broken up because it is very successful

In response to a stunning op-ed from Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes published in The New York Times this morning, the company says it welcomes more accountability for its actions from lawmakers in Washington, but it says breaking up Facebook by decoupling Instagram and WhatsApp from its core service would be a step too far.

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

Opinion | It’s Time to Break Up Facebook

When it hasn’t acquired its way to dominance, Facebook has used its monopoly position to shut out competing companies or has copied their technology. And unlike Vine, Snapchat wasn’t interfacing with the Facebook ecosystem; there was no obvious way to handicap the company or shut it out.

Big Tech and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Big Tech and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Zuboff points out in her brilliant book that all pervasive, stealthy and omnipresent surveillance capitalism has exploited human experience to collect free raw material for translation into behavorial data.

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren says she wants to break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook

“To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition, and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies.” The proposal notes that major companies have tightened their grip on the digital market through mergers, but regulators have largely let those deals pass.

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Milking Facebook’s stewardship of WhatsApp for all it’s worth, Zuckerberg was intentional about pitching his new centralized yet private future for Facebook around the model of the encrypted messaging app, a platform so antithetical to Facebook’s broad mission that its founders left in disgust after cashing their checks.

How to Promote Data Privacy While Protecting Innovation

How to Promote Data Privacy While Protecting Innovation

In the US, the legal right to privacy is generally understood in relation to government bodies, as an outflow from our protections against things like unreasonable search and seizure and self-incrimination. Many of the data problems over which technology commentators agonize have well-developed bodies of analogous precedent in common law.

Americans reluctant to pay for privacy

Americans reluctant to pay for privacy

The survey found that when potential tradeoffs were not part of the question, approximately 80 per cent of Americans agreed they would like Google, Facebook and other online services to collect less of their data.

Privacy Climate Change – Slow, Steady, and Destructive Changes to the Web

Privacy Climate Change – Slow, Steady, and Destructive Changes to the Web

The top technology companies in the world are incapable of creating the requested systems and the liability provisions in the law will create a mess that will simultaneously stifle innovation and diminish existing services.

HOW Amazon is Bad for Business

HOW Amazon is Bad for Business

In the case of marketplaces, both the sellers and buyers can own the platform so that the sales channel, Amazon in our example, does not make major decisions that only benefit it.

Between The Jetsons and Black Mirror: Google Reveals New Plan For Smart City

Between The Jetsons and Black Mirror: Google Reveals New Plan For Smart City

“Torontonians want more affordable housing, faster ways to get around the city, safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists, [and] a cleaner and healthier environment,” says a statement from Jesse Shapins, Sidewalk Labs’s director of public realm.

Save Code Share!

Save Code Share!

As shown in the recently published White Paper (link), the current wording of Article 13 of the Copyright Directive Proposal will most likely disrupt the development of software and create important barriers for the completion of the European Single Market and the expansion of digital innovation.

Brendan Eich writes to the US Senate: we need a GDPR for the United States

Brendan Eich writes to the US Senate: we need a GDPR for the United States

Brendan Eich, the CEO of Brave, has written to the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, to present the case for GDPR-like data protection standards in the United States.

The Long-term Decay and Re-birth of Innovation in Security and Privacy?

The Long-term Decay and Re-birth of Innovation in Security and Privacy?

Those nations who truly embrace this new world, built on privacy and truly trusted systems, will be the ones who will succeed, and those who do not truly transform at scale, will be lost along the way.