Tag: Technology and innovation

The Return on Information Technology

By Emmanuel Dhyne, Senior Economist, National Bank of Belgium, Jozef Konings, University of Liverpool Management School, University of Leuven and CEPR Research Fellow, Jeroen Van den bosch, PhD Candidate in Economics, University of Leuven, and Stijn Vanormelingen, Assistant Professor of Economics, KU Leuven. Originally published at VoxEU. Although information technology […]

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Kiss What Is Left of Your Medical Data Privacy Goodbye

Matt Stoller warned back in 2012 that insurers would increasingly induce, then force, customers to agree to surveillance. But a Wall Street Journal story tonight describes how insurers and medical providers, meaning your doctor’s employers, are actively cooperating, so as among other things, to help Big Pharma peddle more drugs […]

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Wolf Richter: Nasdaq, “Tech,” & IPOs Are in for Gut-Wrencher

By Wolf Richter, a San Francisco based executive, entrepreneur, start up specialist, and author, with extensive international work experience. Originally published at Wolf Street Nasdaq down 24% already. Renaissance IPO ETF down 31%. But Uber and other unicorns are planning record IPOs in 2019, à la dotcom-crash-debut in 2000. The […]

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Ethics and Artificial Intelligence

Yves here. Some design and regulatory proposals to mitigate the risks of the deployment of artificial intelligence. By Valerie Frissen, a professor in ICT and Social change at Erasmus School of Philosophy, Gerhard Lakemeyer, Professor of Computer Science and head of the knowledge-based systems group, Department of Computer Science 5, […]

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How Immoral Are Laissez Faire Ideologues? Ask About Drones.

Yves here. The Politico European newsletter today confirms that drones are a flight safety risk that hasn’t been addressed in any systematic way: UNLEASH THE EAGLES THIS CHRISTMAS: Here is some transport policy news that everyone traveling around Europe over the holiday should care about. Drone disruption is an increasing problem, […]

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“Alexa, Launch Our Nukes!” Artificial Intelligence and the Future of War

Yves here. By virtue of synchronicity, reader Wukchumni recommended the Cold War classic The Bedford Incident and highlighted this segment: By Michael T. Klare, the five-college professor emeritus of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College and a senior visiting fellow at the Arms Control Association. His most recent […]

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Debate: The ‘Gilets Jaunes’ Movement Is Not a Facebook Revolution

By Jen Schradie, Assistant Professor, Observatoire sociologique du changement, Axa Research Fund Fellow, Sciences Po – USPC. Originally published at The Conversation In less than a month, France’s gilets jaunes (yellow vests) have gone from being a celebrated example of Facebook’s ability to power a spontaneous revolution to a cautionary […]

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Is the Internet to Blame for the Rise of Authoritarianism?

By Juan Ortiz Freuler (@juanof9), an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Originally published at openDemocracy All illustrations by ApexInfinityGames & @Juanof9 (CC-BY). Over the last few years, the potentially damaging impact of the internet, and particularly social media, on democracy has increasingly come to dominate […]

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Huawei CFO, Daughter of Founder and Possible Heir Apparent, Arrested in Canada on a US Extradition Request on Charges of Transfer of US Technology to Iran

The arrest of of Huawei CFO Wanzhou Meng on December 1 in Vancouver on a US extradition request is a major geopolitical and news event. Reuters reports Meng was intercepted while changing flights. So much for Xi and Trump trying to a reset so as to prevent the imposition of […]

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Our New York Magazine Article: “Uber Is Headed for a Crash”

We thought New York Magazine readers might enjoy seeing Hubert Horan’s hard-hitting assessment of Uber’s dubious economics and less-than-rosy financial prospects.  I liked the photo that the editors chose for the story. If you are so disposed, please comment at New York Magazine as well as here. Thanks! By steamrolling […]

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U.S. Treasury Sanctions Bitcoin Wallets For First Time

By Michael Kern, a newswriter and editor at Safehaven.com, Oilprice.com, and a writer at Crypto Insider. Originally published at CryptoInsider Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) targeted two bitcoin addresses, announcing that the wallets associated Iranian citizens Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan had been added […]

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Another Blow to the Biometric ID Fairy: Researchers Show ‘Master’ Fingerprints Can Bypass Smartphone ID Sensors

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Motherboard ran a piece last week that suggests the biometric identification fairy’s days may be numbered – at least in her ability to protect smartphones, Researchers Created […]

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Gaius Publius: Amazon Rips Off 238 Cities, States and Provinces, Then Builds in NYC and DC

By Gaius Publius, a professional writer living on the West Coast of the United States and frequent contributor to DownWithTyranny, digby, Truthout, and Naked Capitalism. Follow him on Twitter @Gaius_Publius, Tumblr and Facebook. GP article archive  here. Originally published at DownWithTyranny Andrew Cuomo’s priorities (source) The world’s leading monopolists, Jeff […]

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Uber Releases Ugly 3Q 2018 Results: Losses Widen to $1.1 Billion, Growth Slows

From Hubert Horan: 3q P&Ls released tonight. Losses and margins got worse. Gross revenue growth continues to slow down, showing their inability to fix the fundamental weakness in the core car service business. Expenditures on the marginal business (food delivery, scooters) that are key to the longer term growth narrative […]

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Cryptocurrencies: Financial (In)stability and (Un)fairness

By Jon Danielsson, Director of the ESRC funded Systemic Risk Centre, London School of Economics. Originally published at VoxEU Cryptocurrencies are controversial.  Advocates see them as a better form of money that imparts freedom, useful economic functions, fabulous riches and hedges against bad government policies. The sceptics worry about investor protection […]

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Marshall Auerback: Apple Has an Early Case of GE’s Disease

By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst. Produced by the Independent Media Institute The boom witnessed in the U.S. equity market over the past few years has begun to echo the latter stages of the high tech bubble of the early 2000s, right down to the investor interest ultimately gravitating toward […]

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How UK (and US) Surveillance Creates Havoc for Personal Data Movement Post Brexit

By J. Scott Marcus, a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, and an independent consultant dealing with policy and regulatory policy regarding electronic communications. Originally published at Bruegel The UK government would like to keep EU-UK data transfers largely the same following the country’s separation from the EU. But talks have yet […]

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