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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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, 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.