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Free Speech – American Style

by Kieron O’Harakmoh@soton.ac.uk 25th Jan, 2021The dust is settling on the chaotic aftermath of the American election, and debate is opening up about free speech: in particular, was Twitter right to deny President Trump, as he then was, access, and was the tech world...

Robot vacuum cleaners can spy on private conversations

Asst Prof Jun Han (left) and doctoral student Mr Sriram Sami (right) from NUS Computing with a robot vacuum cleaner, a monitor showing recovered sound waves, and common household items made from materials that can reflect sound. When your robot vacuum cleaner does its...

“Data are” or “data is”? A pedant writes

by Kieron O’Hara It is one of the divisive questions of our times. Is the word ‘data’ singular or plural? Some say “this data is …”, “the data doesn’t tell us …”; others “these data are …”, “the data don’t tell us …”. The singular use, often heard in computer science...

Recent perspectives on VC

As video conferencing (VC) has become the new normal, businesses, government services and academia are starting to confront what it means if VC (Zoom, Skype, FaceTime et al) become the default method (and in some cases currenty the only method) to allow "live"...

IBM to pull out of Facial Recognition

This article originally appeared in Computing on 9th June 2020 IBM is quitting the controversial facial recognition software market over concerns that the technology could be used to promote racial injustice and discrimination. In a letter to the members of the US...

ICANN rejects sale of .org registry to for-profit investor group

  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A body overseeing web addresses said it has vetoed a $1.1 billion deal to sell control of domain names ending in .org to a private investment firm after an outcry from internet pioneers and officials including California’s attorney general....

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