French anti-hate bill could force tech giants to police their content

Silicon Valley monopolies like Facebook, Google and Twitter have repeatedly failed to police their networks and protect users from hate speech and threats of violence. But a new bill to be debated by the French parliament next week could change that. The online hatred law, which could become a model template for other European countries, […]


Facebook’s cryptocurrency shows how far Blockchain fails to deliver on the democratic promise.

Blockchain proponents promised that a new wave of distributed database technology would revolutionise and democratise data. Corporations would no longer be in control of our information. Instead networks of ordinary people, running freely available software would power the databases of the world. We would be freed us from the tyranny of the corporation. Together, ordinary […]


We need more women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Today, February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science so I’m wearing my Mars Needs Women Sweatshirt to raise awareness of the lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education and careers. There are a number of issues causing an under-representation of women in tech and it means […]


Surprise! Non-diverse teams of white men build AI systems that serve white men best.

Apple, Facebook and Google are in a race to dominate Artificial Intelligence (AI).  

But they all have terrible diversity problems.

With more power being given to AI every day the impact of this lack of tech diversity could become a real crisis for society.


Why I’m breaking up with Google (and drawing a new privacy line in the sand).

Google, Facebook and gang – they’ve gone too far. I want my personal data back. Here’s what I’ve done in my personal privacy tune-up.


Is old friend Evernote starting the long goodbye?

Evernote, the ten-year-old Californian company behind the once-popular note-taking app of the same name might be slipping away from us. Yesterday, TechCrunch reported that Evernote had lost four key executives.  Chief Technical Officer, Anirban Kundu, Chief Financial Officer, Vincent Toolan, Chief Product Officer, Erik Wrobel and Head of HR Michelle Wagner have all left the company […]


Facebook’s snooping app deals another blow to their reputation for trust

In yet another blow to Facebook’s trust profile, at least for the tiny few who understand what’s going on, Facebook’s Onavo “Protect” app has been pulled from Apple’s App store and is no longer available for download to iOS devices. Reports vary on whether Apple kicked them off or Facebook voluntarily withdrew it. But what […]

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