Global Digital News

By GDF | A curation of articles and research on digital society issues edited by the Global Digital Foundation

AI hype has peaked so what’s next?

2017 has been the year of AI, reaching a fever pitch of VC and corporate investment. But, as with any hot technology, AI is outgrowing this phase of experimentation and hype. According to research firm Gartner, we’re past the “peak of inflated expectations.”<p>Next up is a necessary recalibration of …

Artificial Intelligence

Report: Here are the 5 most 'tech ready' cities in the world

On Wednesday, PwC released a report that ranked global cities on how well they are positioned to adopt new technologies. Here are the results.<p>If …

Artificial intelligence will create new kinds of work

WHEN the first printed books with illustrations started to appear in the 1470s in the German city of Augsburg, wood engravers rose up in protest. …

Artificial Intelligence

The Attack on Global Privacy Leaves Few Places To Turn

Digital privacy has had a very bad summer. As China and Russia move to block virtual private network services, well over a billion people face losing …

Privacy

China’s digital economy: A leading global force

China is already more digitized than many observers appreciate and has the potential to set the world’s digital frontier in coming decades.<p><b>China has</b> …

Innovation

Sweden sinks into political chaos after classified data breach

by Niclas Rolander, Anna Molin and Hanna Hoikkala<p>Scandinavia's biggest economy has been hit by a political crisis that threatens to topple the Social …

Swedish ministers resign amid data security breach scandal

Two senior Swedish ministers resigned on Thursday as the country’s government tried to limit the political fallout from a security breach that may …

European News

Open Data — The Promises, the Disillusion and the Panacea | Part 3. The Panacea

<i>Audrey Lobo-Pulo</i><p><i>The decentralization of digital technology and our capacity both to generate and collect vast amounts of data have profoundly changed</i> …

Open Data – The Promises, the Disillusion and the Panacea | Part 3. The Panacea

Open Data — The Promises, the Disillusion and the Panacea | Part 2. The Disillusion

<i>Audrey Lobo-Pulo</i><p><i>The decentralization of digital technology and our capacity both to generate and collect vast amounts of data have profoundly changed</i> …

8 Ways Machine Learning Is Improving Companies’ Work Processes

Today’s leading organizations are using machine learning–based tools to automate decision processes, and they’re starting to experiment with more-advanced uses of artificial intelligence (AI) for digital transformation. Corporate investment in artificial intelligence is predicted to triple in 2017, …

Machine Learning

How AI Will Affect Your Life

Originally published on<b>pionic</b> <b>⋅</b> Follow us on <b>Flipboard</b><p>If Apple’s latest Worldwide Developers’ Conference reminds me of one thing, then to watch the …

Artificial Intelligence

AI and bots: The buzz about powerful customer loyalty is real (VB Live)

<b>Integrating AI and marketing can help build profitable long-term relationships, but security, privacy, and data integration can be roadblocks. Join our free VB Live event to learn how to join marketing insight with AI to significantly boost customer loyalty.</b><p><b>Register here for free.</b><p>“A lot of what …

Customer Service

Does Your Company Know What to Do with All Its Data?

There are many ways to put data to work, and companies, and especially their leaders, are advised to explore as many of them as they can. Each presents distinct opportunities for profit and competitive advantage, from product improvements to new revenue streams to possible industry game changers. …

Harvard Business Review

Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse

There’s nothing new about worrying that superintelligent machines may endanger humanity, but the idea has lately become hard to avoid.<p>A spurt of …

Artificial Intelligence

Encryption is a Digital Right…and Creates Responsibilities

<i>December 21, 2016</i><p><i>Tim Conway, Director Asia-Pacific, Global Digital Foundation</i><p>Privacy and security have been central to communications since …

OPEN DATA — THE PROMISES, THE DISILLUSION AND THE PANACEA | PART 1. THE PROMISES

<i>Audrey Lobo-Pulo</i><p><i>The decentralization of digital technology and our capacity both to generate and collect vast amounts of data have profoundly changed</i> …

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: An Introduction for Policymakers

<i>Paul MacDonnell, Executive Director, Global Digital Foundation</i><p>MYTH<p>For most people, machines that can think and act on their own have, until now, been …

It’s not about the oil. It’s about who rules in the digital world. Consumers.

<i>Paul MacDonnell</i><p>THE IDEA THAT INTERNET PLATFORM BUSINESSES ARE ANTI-COMPETITIVE IS THE OPPOSITE OF THE TRUTH<p>The disruptive impact of digital platforms …

Communicate

Better Technology Means Ad-Blocking Should Disappear

<i>Paul MacDonnell</i><p>SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE REUTERS INSTITUTE 2016 DIGITAL NEWS REPORT (II)<p>The Reuters Institute Digital News Report for 2016 is not happy …

Dalai Lama picks Jeremy Corbyn as Successor

<i>Paul MacDonnell</i><p>SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE REUTERS INSTITUTE 2016 DIGITAL NEWS REPORT (I)<p>Where consumers get their news is changing. Over half of the …

Why a Digital Consumer Hub?

<i>Paul MacDonnell</i><p>The debate about digital technology and its impact is between optimists and pessimists. Optimists believe that technology’s …

Use of mobile and internet services grows in Europe — but not much competition in mobile

<i>Paul MacDonnell</i><p>On April 11 ETNO, which represents European telcos, published the results of a European consumer survey commissioned from IPSOS.<p>The …

Mobile

Companies use AI to Find Human Employees to Work with Artificial Intelligence

Lately, it seems that more and more jobs that used to be performed by humans are being taken over by one form or another of artificial intelligence, …

The challenge to big tech in the AI war

Last week, we profiled the heavyweights whose gigantic data troves and colossal spending make them the players to beat in the war to dominate the …

Artificial Intelligence

How A New Generation Of Machines Will 'See' Like Humans

Much has been written and discussed about the merging of the physical, digital and biological worlds with machines. Artificial intelligence has become a catch-all description for replicating something inherently human and embedding it in man-made systems that can perhaps function better, if not at …

World Economic Forum

Can machine learning secure your competitive advantage?

Business dynamics are evolving with every passing second. There is no doubt that the competition in today’s business world is much more intense than it was a decade ago. Companies are fighting to hold on to any advantages.<p>Digitalization and the introduction of machine learning into day-to-day …

Big Data

President Trump wants a ‘sweeping transformation’ of government tech, he says at a White House meeting with execs

The leaders of Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft, who met with Trump on Monday, have a few asks of their own.<p>President Donald Trump on Monday called for a “sweeping transformation of the federal government’s technology,” beginning his push to update the dated inner workings of Washington that …

Department of Veterans Affairs

2018 BMW 640i Gran Touring: What is this car even?!

BMW