big tech

Big Tech Lobbying Gutted a Bill That Would Ban Recording You Without Consent

The Illinois Keep Internet Devices Safe Act would have empowered average people to sue big companies for recording them without consent, but industry association lobbying defanged it.
Rob Dozier

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Security researchers have found a new kind of government malware that was hiding in plain sight within apps on Android’s Play Store. And they appear to have uncovered a case of lawful intercept gone wrong.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Riccardo Coluccini

EU Ignores the Public, Passes Internet-Wrecking Copyright Proposal

Upload filters and link taxes may be well intentioned, but critics say they’re going to seriously screw up the open internet.
Karl Bode

Streaming and Cloud Computing Endanger Modding and Game Preservation

Services like Google's Stadia seem convenient, but they could completely change the past and future of video games.
Rich Whitehouse

Google Stadia's Grand Vision for Gaming Clashes With America's Shitty Internet

Slow speeds, usage caps, and overage fees could mar the long-awaited arrival of game streams.
Karl Bode
content moderation

Internal Google Email Says Moderating Christchurch Manifesto ‘Particularly Challenging’

Google saw an issue with moderating the Christchurch terrorist’s so-called manifesto in part because of its length, telling moderators to mark potential copies or sections as “Terrorist Content” if they were unsure.
Joseph Cox

Consumer Groups Want to Tax Facebook to Save Journalism

A proposal would tax targeted ads in a bid to bring some money back to those that actually make the news.
Karl Bode
big tech

If We're Going to Break Up Big Tech, We Shouldn’t Forget Big Telecom

Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed breaking up tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon on Friday—but big telecom is in dire need of the same treatment.
Karl Bode
When Spies Come Home

PayPal Processes Payments for ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners

The booming industry of spyware to spy on romantic partners doesn’t exist in a vacuum: Companies need financial and tech giants to process their payments and advertise their wares.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Facial Recognition Software Regularly Misgenders Trans People

Human computer interfaces are almost never built with transgender people in mind, and continue to reinforce existing biases.
Matthew Gault
Black History Month

Take These Google Earth Tours Through American Black History

"The Journey of Us" project is a collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, and Google.
Rob Dozier
terms of service

Most Online ‘Terms of Service’ Are Incomprehensible to Adults, Study Finds

Reading the terms and conditions of online consumer contracts requires, on average, more than 14 years of education.
Dustin Patar