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US civic groups urge Amazon tax pledge: 'We expect you to pay your fair share'

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 17, 2017 7647

As US cities throw billions in tax breaks and build war rooms to strategize on how best to lure Amazon to their city, civic leaders on Tuesday called on the tech giant to pay its fair share.

Related: If tech firms push the law to the limit, is that such a bad thing? | Alex Hern

Bitcoin's price bubble will burst under government pressure | Kenneth Rogoff

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 09, 2017 6618

The cryptocurrency is up 1,600% in two years – but state efforts to remove its near-anonymity will undermine its popularity

Is the cryptocurrency bitcoin the biggest bubble in the world today, or a great investment bet on the cutting edge of new-age financial technology? My best guess is that in the long run, the technology will thrive, but that the price of bitcoin will collapse.

If you haven’t been following the bitcoin story, its price is up 600% over the past 12 months, and

Amazon to create 1,200 jobs with new Bolton warehouse

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 13, 2017 6133

Warehouse will be third in north-west and will be next-generation facility with staff working alongside robots

Amazon is to create a further 1,200 new jobs with a warehouse in Bolton as it continues its rapid UK expansion.

The warehouse, which will be the third to open in the north-west, will be one of a new generation of Amazon facilities that will see staff work alongside robots.

UK spy agencies may be circumventing data-sharing law, tribunal told

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 17, 2017 6035

Challenge brought by Privacy International alleges MI5 and MI6 data-sharing regimes and legal oversight system are illegal

MI5 and MI6 may be circumventing legal safeguards when they share bulk datasets with foreign intelligence services and commercial partners, a court has been told.

Most of the bulk personal datasets relate to UK citizens who are not of “legitimate intelligence interest”, the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) has heard.

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Personal details of almost 700,000 Britons hacked in cyber-attack

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 10, 2017 5735

US credit monitoring firm Equifax says far higher number of British customers were affected than previously thought

Equifax has admitted that almost 700,000 UK consumers have had their personal details accessed following a cyber-attack, a figure far higher than previously thought.

The information held by the American credit monitoring firm included partial credit card details, phone numbers and driving licence serial numbers.

Related: Equifax hack: two executives to leave company after breach

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Twitter further tightens abuse rules in attempt to prove it cares

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 18, 2017 5704

Company updates rules on hate speech, revenge porn and violent groups to counter perceptions social network is not doing enough to protect users

Twitter is introducing new rules around hate symbols, sexual advances and violent groups, in an effort to counter perceptions that the social network is not doing enough to protect those who feel silenced on the site.

The company was planning to announce the new rules later on this week, but they leaked in an email to Wired magazine, which published the changes on Tuesday.

Franklin Foer: 'Big tech has been rattled. The conversation has changed'

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 19, 2017 5348

When the author Franklin Foer first raised concerns about Silicon Valley’s power players, ‘people looked at me funny’. Now his work appears prophetic

The admission by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg was alarming.

“Things happened on our platform in this election that should not have happened,” she said in an onstage

The Guardian view on internet security: complexity is vulnerable | Editorial

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 19, 2017 5022

A huge weakness in wifi security erodes online privacy. But the real challenge is designing with human shortcomings in mind

This week’s security scandal is the discovery that every household with wifi in this country has a network that isn’t really private. For 13 years a weakness has lurked in the supposedly secure way in which wireless networks carry our information. Although the WPA2 security scheme was supposed to be mathematically proven to be uncrackable, it turns out that the mechanism by which it can compensate for weak signals

Catherine Deneuve questions anti-harassment campaign in wake of Weinstein scandal

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 20, 2017 4990

While expressing sympathy for victims of harassment, the actor has expressed doubts about the usefulness of social media outpourings and hashtag activism

Catherine Deneuve has become a rare dissenting voice in the sexual harassment scandal that has convulsed the film industry in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

Arguably France’s most celebrated screen performer, with nearly 60 years of acting behind her, Deneuve questioned the point of the internet campaign against harassment, which in France is coalescing around the Twitter hashtag

Social media bots threaten democracy. But we are not helpless | Samuel Woolley and Marina Gorbis

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 16, 2017 4887

Close Current Edition: US edition All sections What term do you want to search? Search with google Social media bots threaten democracy. But we are not helpless Ever-more sophisticated Facebook and Twitter bots can sway political opinions. We have the technology to counter this – we need the will to use it ‘It appears that in 2016, bots were deliberately unleashed on social media to sway voter opinion by spreading fake news and deceiving trending algorithms.’ Photograph: PhotoAlto/Alamy Social media bots threaten democracy.

Amazon and eBay profiting from online VAT fraud, says watchdog

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 18, 2017 4472

Parliamentary report criticises ‘too cautious’ HMRC and says loss to public purse likely to far exceed £1.5bn estimate

Amazon and eBay are profiting from online VAT fraud while HM Revenue and Customs is failing to use its powers to launch a crackdown, according to parliament’s spending watchdog.

Related: Amazon and eBay sellers' VAT fraud rife despite crackdown

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Liberation day: the artists fighting the power of the market – and the internet

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 17, 2017 4243

Hito Steyerl is at war with the commodification of art and the corrupting power of the market. What’s she fighting them with? Manure. Meet the new wave of artists asking us to reconsider everything from the web to war

Why make art when buyers treat works as an alternative currency, hiding them away like bullion bars in storage facilities? Can anything be done about questionable corporations and oppressive regimes using contemporary art to generate a spot of positive PR for themselves? And what links can be made between fuzzy surveillance images and abstract art?

Hito Steyerl’s new book,

Why Facebook is in a hole over data mining | John Naughton

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 07, 2017 4210

It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s business model that allows Facebook to be is manipulated by political activists – no wonder he’s in denial about it

One of my favourite books is The Education of Henry Adams (published in 1918). It’s an extended meditation, written in old age by a scion of one of Boston’s elite families, on how the world had changed in his lifetime, and how his formal education had not prepared him for the events through which he had lived.

Australian police sting brings down paedophile forum on dark web

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 07, 2017 3646

Exclusive: Undercover operation by Queensland’s Taskforce Argos secretly ran child abuse site for almost a year

Australian police secretly operated one of the dark web’s largest child abuse sites for almost a year, posing as its founder in an undercover operation that has triggered arrests and rescues across the globe.

The sting has brought down a vast child exploitation forum, Childs Play, which acted as an underground meeting place for thousands of paedophiles.

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Google and Facebook to be asked to pay to help UK tackle cyberbullying

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 10, 2017 3562

Government’s internet safety green paper includes voluntary levy on social media firms and web giants and social media code of practice

Internet companies such as Google and Facebook are to be asked to pay for measures to combat and raise awareness about online bullying and other web dangers, under a government internet safety strategy outlined on Wednesday.

The proposed voluntary levy on social media firms and other leading web players is among a series of measures in an

One man’s online politics is another man’s poison | John Naughton

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 14, 2017 3317

We may end up with Kremlin-sponsored ads but the democratising effect of new technology opens the door to all voices

The Financial Times columnist Edward Luce had an interesting article in Thursday’s paper about the demonisation of Silicon Valley. “In the space of a few months,” Luce observes, “the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder, and Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet, the owner of Google, have gone from heroes to pariahs.”

All of which is true. The only problem is that outside the Washington Beltway – DC’s version of the M25 – few people seem terribly excited about the supposed evils of Facebook, Google and co.