Politics

Platform News: Bitcoin and the rise of cryptocurrencies

White House weighs broader oversight of cryptocurrency market

The White House is considering a wide ranging oversight of the cryptocurrency market to combat the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a spokeswoman has said.

Platform Industry News: YouTube video streaming from Google

YouTube blocks all anti-vaccine content

YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content, moving beyond its ban on false information about the COVID vaccines to include content that contains misinformation about other approve...

Platform News: Facebook the smartphone app in-front of monitors

Facebook whistleblower to testify at US Senate hearing next week, lawmakers say

Two US senators have said a Facebook Inc whistleblower will testify at a Senate hearing next week about what one of them called the social media company’s “toxic effect...

EU and US

EU says US trade, tech council to boost its clout, set rules for 21st century

The US-EU Trade and Technology Council will give the declining EU more clout and set standards and rules for the 21st century, the EU’s trade and digital chiefs said, undersc...

Platform News: Social media Twitter button

Twitter reinstates accounts of India’s Rahul Gandhi, other opposition leaders

Twitter unblocked the accounts of India’s main opposition party Congress, its leader Rahul Gandhi and other party officials on Saturday, days after suspending the accounts ov...

Platform News: China

US and allies accuse China of global hacking spree

The US, UK and and various allies have accused China of a global cyberespionage campaign, mustering an unusually broad coalition of countries to publicly call out Beijing for hacki...

Platform news: TikTok app based in China, US politics

Pressure: US removes TikTok and WeChat from prohibited transactions list

The US Commerce Department announced it was rescinding a list of prohibited transactions with TikTok and WeChat that were issued in September as the Trump administration sought to ...

Platform News: Bitcoin and the rise of cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin tumbles below $50,000, other cryptos sink over Biden tax plans

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies posted sharp losses on Friday, on concern that President Biden plans to raise capital gains taxes will curb investments in digital assets.

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

US House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech crackdown

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee formally approved a report accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms, Representative David Cicilline’...

Platform News: Tech Titans including Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple

US senator wants to ban ‘Big Tech’ from buying anything ever again

GOP Senator Josh Hawley, who has been a staunch critic of Big Tech over the past few years has introduced a bill that would ban all mergers and acquisitions by any company with a m...

Platform News: Amazon building

Amazon’s social media team bares its teeth in Washington

Amazon.com’s social media team bared its teeth this week to go after two big critics in Congress, namely Democrat Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Platform News: Google search engine

Google engineers resign over firing of AI ethics researcher

An engineering director and a software developer have quit Google over the dismissal of artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru, a sign of the ongoing conflicts at the sear...

Activism

What happens next when societal changes hit the workplace?

Today, the second most popular e-learning course on LinkedIn, which is the largest and most heavily trafficked English-language business-oriented website in the world is ‘Unc...

Tractors and Twitter

Tractors to Twitter: India’s protesting farmers battle on highway, online

In a standoff between farmers in India’s northern breadbasket and the government, the farmers have a 21st-century ally: a handful of fans scattered around the world running a...

Facebook

Solomon Islands prepares to ban Facebook after government criticism on platform

The Solomon Islands is likely to ban the use of Facebook for an indeterminate period after inflammatory critique of the authorities was aired on the social media stage, the Solomon...

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