Disrupting terrorist social media activity

In June 2017, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). The aim of this industry-led initiative is to disrupt the terrorist exploitation of its services. Recently, GIFCT members hailed the achievements of its first year of operations. But, while this…

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Biased algorithms

A while back we looked into why a Google image search for "unprofessional hair" gave distinctively different results to a search for "professional hair". Despite others, who looked into the same exercise, putting the blame solely on Google's search algorithm for being "racist", a deeper look into the search results…

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Microsoft acquires Github for $7,5 billion

In an unexpected announcement, Microsoft has said that it will be acquiring Github for $7,5 billion. Microsoft stock. Subject to various conditions it is expected that the acquisition deal is expected to be concluded by the end of 2018. The acquisition value of $7,5 billion will be issued…

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Bill Gates tells Nigeria's government to forget about oil

Speaking at Nigeria's National Economic Council (NEC) meeting which was discussing human capital development, Bill Gates adviced Nigeria's government to diversify from the oil sector. Gates said this at the meeting held on 22 March 2018 at President Muhammadu Buhari's presidential villa in Abuja. Also present when Gates was giving…

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Facebook wants to combat revenge porn with your nude photos

Facebook is piloting an initiative to fight revenge porn which involves Facebook users sending the social network their nude photos. Facebook is initially partnering with 4 countries for the global pilot. The aim of the project, according to Facebook, is to help prevent intimate images of Facebook users being posted…

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