During his nine-month travel through the New World, French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) analyzed not just prisons but also the fabric of American life. Impressed by an apparently vital a... »
Annus Horriblis may be the kindest way to describe how tech platforms have fared in 2017. Google, and to a lesser extent Facebook and Twitter, have – for want of a better description – taken a poun... »
Math Contest: How Many Years Before the Singularity Comes in 2050 It used to be the singularity was expected around 2045. At least according to Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book The Singularity Is Near. Wha... »
Alphabet Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt visited Stockholm recently to launch a study on automation and the future of jobs. (Or was it to take selfies with politicians?) At a seminar in the aptly named ... »
The contemporary threats to journalists extend to all reaches in media, and in some cases, threaten media freedom – reports Netopia from the ECPMF conference “Defending Journalists Under Threat” in Le... »
It’s one thing to have US President Trump call the Washington media core “bad people”, it’s another to have the president of a country lock up dissenting voices, and this is the challenge facing many ... »
Today, June 15th 2017 is the end of roaming in the European Digital Single Market. A big step for the European Union, but telecom operators are not thrilled to see a big source of revenue go away. No ... »
As tools are developed and platforms like Facebook tighten-up content verification, the battle between Elves and activists fighting trolls, spammers and fakers for reach and take-down has barely begun... »
In 1999, a 20-second MP3-file purporting to be from Coldplay was uploaded to Napster by a young man in Stanmore, North London. He entitled the file “Spies (Nikolai Levy Remix)”. He let a few people do... »
The creative and cultural industries have a huge impact on the European economy, and are “one of the strategic industries we have in Europe,” explained European Commission official Antti Peltomäki at ... »