Politics

Tech’s labor tug of war: Big Tech is raising pay and discouraging union efforts, but an increasing number of workers are banking on unions to give them a voice in negotiating working conditions and benefits.

Microsoft dials down facial-analysis AI: The technology can infer people’s emotional state, gender, and other attributes, but the algorithm’s inherent bias makes it prone to inaccuracies that could lead to misuse.

Retailers call for stricter measures to prevent marketplaces from selling stolen goods: Critics say Amazon, Facebook, and eBay lack adequate protections to prevent fraud.

Google feels pressure from the EU’s antitrust streak: The company promised to negotiate to pay publishers who appear in search results after a hefty fine.

$52B chip bill stuck in legislative limbo: The CHIPS for America Act would help offset some of the losses suffered by American chipmakers or allow them to pursue expansion plans.

The great developer resignation: Return-to-office plans, lackluster compensation, and irrelevant benefits are some of the top factors resulting in almost 50% of developers planning to quit their jobs.

Russia wrestles control of Ukraine’s internet: Ukrainians who still have access to the internet are realizing their traffic is being rerouted to Russia surveillance networks, making it difficult for Ukrainians to stay connected.

Fragmented, overlapping strategies could cause broadband delays: The Government Accountability Office says the US needs a national broadband strategy to effectively distribute grant requests and close the digital divide.

A bipartisan data crackdown is coming: A new bill restricts use of personal data, but leaves exceptions for anonymized data.

Deepfake AI training blocked at Google: Some face-altering AI models are being refused but others can still run in Google’s Colaboratory, revealing a porous approach to AI self-regulation.

A proposed antitrust bill could end Amazon Prime as we know it: The retail giant is ramping up its fight against “degrading” regulations as it seeks to maintain its ecommerce dominance.

Right-to-repair bill blocked in California: Will the setback ignite renewed consumer pressure to be able to fix their own devices or embolden manufacturers to block attempts at regulation?

Big Tech has a role to play in abortion legislation: Tech firms have taken pro-choice stances, but state laws could complicate their position.

AI replaces metal detectors: Amid alarming rates of gun violence, Evolv Technology is deploying AI scanners to track guns in public places. But it has a lot of learning to do.

Social platforms struggle to contain violent footage, misinformation: Two recent mass murders have exposed longstanding cracks in harmful content policies.

Didi gets short shrift, again: Forced to delist from NYSE, the ride-hailing giant was made an example of by Beijing’s ruling. Now that China is loosening controls, Didi remains in delisting limbo.

Bipartisan anti-Google bill doesn’t bode well: The measure may not become law, but support for it could be a sign that tech regulation may eventually materialize.

Canada ramps up 5G security: Huawei and ZTE solutions are banned. Critics say the move comes a little too late as telecoms bear the burden of replacing without disruption by June 2024.

Mineral moon pies: Humans haven’t set foot on the moon in half a century, but plans are accelerating to return, this time for resource extraction. Geopolitical conflict could be a barrier.

McDonald’s chooses values over profit as it exits Russia: The fast-food chain’s decision to leave could force other retailers to follow suit.