Tech Monopolies (26)

Big tech companies like Google owning data and having no rivals or regulations to check them

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  • Citylab
  • 2019
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The 3 Pictures That Explain Everything About Smart Cities

Currently, the idea of “smart cities” are so theoretical and predicated on the idea of “technochauvinism” that they mostly exist in images which sell the ideas of ever-advancing technology and application of futuristic technologies to urban centers as a cash cow waiting to be milked.

  • Citylab
  • 2019
  • 5 min
  • Tech Crunch
  • 2020
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No Google-Fitbit merger without human rights remedies, says Amnesty to EU

During Google’s attempt to merge with the company Fitbit, the NGO Amnesty International has provided warnings to the competition regulators in the EU that such a move would be detrimental to privacy. Based on Google’s historical malpractice with user data, since its status as a tech monopoly allows it to mine data from several different avenues of a user’s life, adding wearable health-based tech to this equation puts the privacy and rights of users at risk. Calls for scrunity of “surveillance capitalism” employed by tech giants.

  • Tech Crunch
  • 2020
  • 7 min
  • Wall Street Journal
  • 2021
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Google Built the Pixel 6 Camera to Better Portray People With Darker Skin Tones. Does It?

Google’s new Pixel 6 smartphone claims to have “the world’s most inclusive camera” based on its purported ability to more accurately reflect darker skin tones in photographs, a form of digital justice notably absent from previous iterations of computational photography across the phones of various tech monopolies.

  • Wall Street Journal
  • 2021
  • 5 min
  • Inc
  • 2021
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Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook

On International Data Privacy Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook fired shots against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s model of mining user data through platform analytics and web mining to serve up targeted ads to users. By contrast, Cook painted Apple as a privacy oriented company who wants to make technology work for its users by not collecting their data and manipulating them psychologically through advertising.

  • Inc
  • 2021
  • 6 min
  • CBS News
  • 2021
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Facebook algorithm called into question after whistleblower testimony calls it dangerous

In light of the recent allegations of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen that the platform irresponsibly breeds division and mental health issues, AI Specialist Karen Hao explains how Facebook’s “algorithm(s)” serve or fail the people who use them. Specifically, the profit motive and a lack of exact and comprehensive knowledge of the algorithm system prevents groundbreaking change from being made.

  • CBS News
  • 2021
  • 7 min
  • The New York Times
  • 2021
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Facebook and all of its apps go down simultaneously.

On October 4th, 2021, Facebook’s servers experienced an outage which left its apps, including the commonly used Facebook, Instagram, and Whatsapp, out of commission for several hours. The problem is said to be caused by a incorrect configuring of Facebook’s servers, which ultimately led to a Domain Name System error in which the numerical IP addresses determined by the computer became inaccessible. The myriad effects of this outage spread across the globe as businesses were effected by the lack of access to these social networks. Additionally, certain other internet services linked to Facebook became inaccessible.

  • The New York Times
  • 2021
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