Global Digital News

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

New York City Has a Bold Plan to Fight Homelessness with Data

Homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels seen since the Great Depression in the 1930s. This time around, the city is hoping to …

New York City

Artificial intelligence: Implications for China

The country is becoming a hub for global AI development. Five priorities can help China harness AI for productivity growth and prepare for the …

Intelligence

Oracle is building a 'transformational' startup inside the company

Oracle doesn't want to be accused of missing the boat when it comes to the next wave of tech.<p>It is launching two new Solution Engineering Centers where it plans to build out all kinds of cutting new technology, such as "artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and many other exciting …

Oracle

Royal Society: We must take action on AI machine learning to safeguard our futures

The Royal Society is calling for governments, academia and industry to work together urgently to ensure that machine learning develops into a …

Machine Learning

This MIT professor says there is still one huge challenge with self-driving cars

MIT associate professor Iyad Rahwan has asked 3 million people to consider the “Trolley problem” when it comes to self-driving cars.<p>The Trolley …

New password guidelines say everything we thought about passwords is wrong

When I recently discovered a draft of new guidelines for password management from NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology), I was amazed about the number of very progressive changes they proposed.<p>Although NIST’s rules are not mandatory for nongovernmental organizations, they …

Security

Steve Ballmer’s new project: find out how the government spends your money

Nonpartisan USAFacts provides a comprehensive database on government spending and revenue<p>Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has launched a new project aimed at providing a comprehensive database of government revenue and spending. The website, called USAFacts, brings together a wide range of …

Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand

The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a whole new way of understanding the …

Machine Learning

Rise of the robots: What advances mean for workers

<b>It's about the size and shape of a photocopier.</b><p>Emitting a gentle whirring noise, it travels across the warehouse floor while two arms raise or lower themselves on scissor lifts, ready for the next task.<p>Each arm has a camera on its knuckle. The left one eases a cardboard box forward on the shelf, …

Robots

Germany publishes Data Protection Guide for Open Data

As indicated in a recent EDP report on barriers in working with Open Data, legal aspects sometimes prevent data holders from opening up their data. …

The Inventor of the World Wide Web Says Computers Will Someday Run Companies Without Humans

Tim Berners-Lee, architect of the Internet, thinks artificial intelligence will someday control the economy.<p>Artificial intelligence is probably coming for our jobs. But will it stop there?<p>Tim Berners-Lee doesn't think so. The British computer scientist, inventor of the World Wide Web and the web …

Artificial Intelligence

Computers, Artificial Intelligence Show Bias and Prejudice, Too

Cyberspace isn't any fairer than the workplace, researchers reported Thursday. They found that artificial intelligence programs like search engines or software translators are every bit as prejudiced as real, live human beings.<p>It may not be the fault of the programmers, the team at Princeton …

Artificial Intelligence

22 year old tech prodigy claims that he has cracked the most important part of self-driving cars

Austin Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. His ambitions …

How computing will change amid challenges to Moore’s Law

We are in the midst of a true inflection point in computing, and the very way we interface with technology daily is changing.<p>The rapid inclusion of embedded sensors and internet connectivity is turning most of the appliances we use into “smart devices” that can respond to our voice commands, while …

This Robot Works 500% Faster Than Humans, and It Puts Thousands of Jobs at Risk

Brick by Brick<p>Meet SAM — short for Semi-Automated Mason — created by the New York based Construction Robotics. SAM is capable of laying 3,000 bricks …

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee slams UK and US net plans

<b>The web's creator has attacked any UK plans to weaken encryption and promised to battle any moves by the Trump administration to weaken net neutrality.</b><p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee was speaking to the BBC following the news that he has been given the Turing Award.<p>It is sometimes known as the Nobel Prize of …

Internet

Beyond Tech: Policymaking in a Digital Age

“We need to be about the business of perfecting an imperfect law.”<p>- Michael Abrams, president and CEO of the Ohio Hospital Association, when asked …

London attack reignites encryption debate, as U.K. govt. says ‘there should be no place for terrorists to hide’

As London reels in the aftermath of yet another horrific terrorist attack, the U.K. government has reignited the debate on the use of encryption in mobile messaging services.<p>The attack in Westminster last Thursday left four people dead and many more injured, and reports have since surfaced that the …

Privacy

Trump to create White House office for ‘American Innovation’ to be headed by Kushner

President Trump is set to unveil on Monday a new White House agency called the “Office of American Innovation,” headed by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, which will hold extensive powers to overhaul federal procedures and potentially privatize certain government responsibilities by culling ideas …

A professor built an AI teaching assistant for his courses — and it could shape the future of education

Giacomo Gambineri<p>Ashok Goel needed help.<p>In his regular courses at Georgia Tech, the computer science professor had at most a few dozen students. But his online class had 400 students  —  students based all over the world; students who viewed his class videos at different times; students with …

Artificial Intelligence

ASIC chief warns of dangers with AI, automation

The chief of corporate regulator ASIC has warned of the security and privacy risks associated with "blind trust" of new financial and regulatory …

WikiLeaks won't share CIA exploits unless companies meet terms

WikiLeaks offered to work with tech companies to patch the CIA's leaked security exploits, but there has been a whole lot of silence ever since. Why? That depends on who you ask. <i>Motherboard</i> sources claim that WikiLeaks "made demands" of the companies before it would hand over necessary details of …

Security

A New Way to Spot Malicious Apps

Malware is a constant threat for Android users downloading apps from the Google Play store. There are 2.7 million apps for people to choose from, and …

Google Play

Meet 'Professor X,' the AI genius who left his lab at Princeton to beat Uber, Google, and Intel at their own game

In the spring of 2016, Dr. Jianxiong Xiao — affectionately known among students and staff as "Professor X" — said goodbye to his plum professorship at Princeton and his post as the founding director of the school's Computer Vision and Robotics Labs.<p>By the fall of that same year, Xiao, known as …

Artificial Intelligence

Google DeepMind and healthcare in an age of algorithms

The most striking feature of the DeepMind-Royal Free arrangement is the conviction with which the parties have pursued a narrative that it is not …

Can Privacy Shield survive another Executive Order from Trump?

As US President Donald Trump prepares to sign off on another immigrant travel ban today, in the process he might deliver another blow to the …

Denmark’s vision for digital government

Digital identity systems are crucial for modern governments. Across the world, officials are building secure ways for citizens to identify themselves …

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)

DESI 2017<p>Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands have the most advanced digital economies in the EU followed by Luxembourg, Belgium, the UK and …