social media
Children’s Commissioner Thinks Social Media Companies Can See Inside Black Holes

What kind of mixed-up word are we living in when we can create driverless cars, make AI that can whoop humans' butts in video games, and peer into the abyss of a black hole, but can't roll out a reliable age verification tool to use on websites, says the Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield. As far as I was aware, we only just got our first actual glimpse at a black hole last month which looked like the eye of Sauron was suffering from a bit of hay fever. But we can see inside them now apparently. What a world we live in. Read More >>

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MPs Demand Regulation of Facebook

A cross-party committee looking into the spread of "disinformation and fake news" on omnipresent blue social network Facebook is asking for the site to be regulated, if something like that is indeed even the slightest bit possible. Read More >>

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MPs Call For Social Media To Be Regulated

A committee of MPs has been looking into the upsides and downsides of social media for kids and teens, and the unsurprising conclusion is that it needs much more oversight. Read More >>

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Facebook Could Face Up to £1.25 Billion Fine for Latest Hack Under the GDPR

Facebook’s stunning disclosure of a massive hack on Friday in which attackers gained access tokens to at least 50 million accounts – bypassing all security measures and potentially giving them full control of both profiles and linked apps – has already stirred threats of a $1.63 billion dollar fine in the European Union, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read More >>

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The End of All That’s Good and Pure About the Internet

We regret to inform you that the internet is on red alert once again. Today, the EU’s Legislative Committee are voting on sweeping measures that will upend the web in every way that we know it. Memes, news, Wikipedia, art, privacy, and the creative side of fandom are all at risk of being destroyed or kneecapped. And it looks like the boneheaded proposal has a good chance of passing. Read More >>

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Experts Sign Open Letter Slamming Europe’s Proposal to Recognise Robots as Legal Persons

Over 150 experts in AI, robotics, commerce, law, and ethics from 14 countries have signed an open letter denouncing the European Parliament’s proposal to grant personhood status to intelligent machines. The EU says the measure will make it easier to figure out who’s liable when robots screw up or go rogue, but critics say it’s too early to consider robots as persons—and that the law will let manufacturers off the liability hook. Read More >>

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Web Inventor Wants Regulation of the Social Networks

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who first proposed the www bit of the internet that so glues us together now, is once again calling for Something To Be Done about the massive power wielded by the likes of Google and Facebook, even going so far as to suggest legal regulation to reduce their grasp on our eyes. Read More >>

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YouTube Doesn’t Think it Should be Regulated in the Same Way as TV

Following the Logan Paul video controversy earlier this month, there have been calls for YouTube to be regulated in the same way that more traditional TV channels need to be. However, YouTube has refused to accept that, on the basis that it's 'different', thanks to being an open platform that distributes content rather than having any kind of editorial input. Read More >>

cryptocurrency
What Are ICOs and Why Are They Getting Banned in China? 

Over the weekend, China banned initial coin offerings (ICO) and briefly paused the seemingly unstoppable price increase of bitcoin. But the cryptocurrency has already bounced back. With the likes of Paris Hilton, Kim Dotcom, and John McAfee all jumping into the ICO world in one way or another, it seems worth asking what the hell this whole thing is about. Read More >>

drones
UK Government Says All Drones Will Now Need to Be Registered

The government of the UK said on Saturday all drones larger than 250 grams will need to be registered with the Department of Transport following a report by aviation authorities drones as small as 400 grams could damage helicopter windshields. Drone owners will also be required to pass a “safety awareness test” demonstrating they understand UK rules on safety and privacy. Read More >>

science
Do We Need an International Body to Regulate Genetic Engineering?

Imagine a scenario, perhaps a few years from now, in which Canada decides to release thousands of mosquitoes genetically modified to fight the spread of a devastating mosquito-borne illness. While Canada has deemed these lab-made mosquitoes ethical, legal and safe for both humans and the environment, the US has not. Months later, by accident and circumstance, the engineered skeeters show up across the border. The laws of one land, suddenly, have become the rule of another. Read More >>

health
Health Authorities Call Bullshit on Whole Body Cryotherapy

A growing number of businesses are offering whole body cryotherapy, telling customers it can treat everything from asthma and Alzheimer’s right through to insomnia and arthritis. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finally speaking out on the practice, saying there’s no evidence to back the many purported benefits — and that it’s actually quite dangerous. Read More >>

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IATA Says Drones Pose a “Growing Threat” to Passenger Planes

The boss of the trade body that represents the aviation authority is getting seriously worried about the threat of drones interfering with passenger planes, saying the novelty gifts of the super-rich and flight hobbyists are frequently seen buzzing airports and giving pilots cause for concern. Read More >>

space
The Guy Who Thinks He Owns the Moon is So Screwed

Yesterday, we learned that the United States is gearing up to start licensing business on the moon. And while this can mean any number of things for the aerospace community at-large, for Dennis M. Hope of Gardnerville, Nevada, it means one thing and one thing alone: Dennis is screwed. Read More >>

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Hollywood is Now Allowed to Use Commercial Drones to Shoot Movies

The US Federal Aviation Administration just granted its approval for six film and TV production companies to use drones on set. This is just the second time the agency's approved the use of commercial UAVs, it's no surprise Hollywood was first in line. Read More >>