(Google) Unionizing: A resurging trend?

In a previous post, I wrote about ATEAC (Google’s external advisory board for AI projects) and the mysterious circumstances behind it being dismantled. In somewhat related (and unprecedented) news, two employees at Google just announced Alphabet Workers Union (AWU)— their attempt at holding the company more ethically accountable. In an Op-Ed via the New York Times, this union was formallyContinue reading “(Google) Unionizing: A resurging trend?”

The race to trace: How Big Tech raced to develop Coronavirus tracing apps

For years policymakers and privacy watchdogs have feared the power Big Tech wields with its vast collection of user data. Yet, these tech giants were given the go-ahead to spearhead the contact tracing apps that many government predominantly use to identify and notify all those who come in contact with a carrier. At a timeContinue reading “The race to trace: How Big Tech raced to develop Coronavirus tracing apps”

Cambridge Analytica: Political hijacking

When news broke that a firm was able to illegally harvest, analyse and use our own data against us, we were horrified. We couldn’t believe that a scheme like this could run for so long undetected. It wasn’t just terrifying but infuriating. The bodies to which we had entrusted power i.e Big Tech had failed us. It was becoming increasingly apparent that these tech gods couldn’t handle such a responsibility. This was the tipping point. People finally had enough. The whole Cambridge Analytica data scandal pointed to a larger issue – corporate accountability.

TikTok: A ticking time bomb?

One of the most popular apps of 2019, TikTok ruled the download charts in both the Android and Apple markets. Having more than 1.5 billion downloads and approximately half a billion monthly active users,TikTok definitely has access to a trove of user and with it: their data. A problem however, is that their key demographic is minors and with this arises the deeply sensitive question of how the data collected from these minors can be maliciously utilized.

Google Quantum Supremacy

When early reports had surfaced that Google had achieved quantum supremacy, it was met with skepticism. Even to those that were well-versed in quantum computing, this came as a surprise. To others, like me, the significance of this feat went over my head but let me assure you that this accomplishment is very important for the days to come.

AI Ethics : A Google conspiracy theory?

With more development and implementation of AI many pundits and experts have been very vocal of its potential and have called for a standstill in development or at least some regulations. These calls of action have even penetrated the heavy armour that Big Tech hides behind. Imagine letting just a single company toying with such powerful technology

Stadia Gaming: Console killer

On March 19, 2019 Google announced their first gaming product and it took the Esports community by storm. Their product was first to make good on the promise of cloud gaming and much like most other Google products, it made lofty claims. This gripped the attention of the gaming community and put Google under the spotlight. It became patient zero for a case study on cloud gaming.