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Google Employees Resign Over Artificial Intelligence Contract With Department of Defense

May 17, 2018 - 2:00pm

Google is famous as a fun-loving, freewheeling workplace, and outsiders might struggle to see why anyone would want to give up all the perks of having a job there. One group of employees has a very good reason, though: After calling on the company to drop a Department of Defense contract and getting no response, they're choosing to resign in protest.
Their laudable decision brings up a larger crisis of conscience for the largely unregulated, "disruptive" Silicon Valley.

Facebook Is Profiting From Illegal Wildlife Traffickers

April 16, 2018 - 2:00pm

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While Mark Zuckerberg was testifying before Congress about Facebook providing user information to Cambridge Analytica, additional disturbing news about his company was making headlines.
Facebook has been making a profit by selling ads on pages that are operated by illegal wildlife traffickers. The pages sell the body parts of endangered animals, according to a complaint filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

When They Couldn't Afford Internet Service, They Built Their Own

April 15, 2018 - 2:00pm

Dwight Roston is drilling on the roof of a home in Detroit's Islandview neighborhood on the city's east side. Roston is part of a team that is setting up a wireless internet connection. The home is just one of 150 designated households in the city to receive free internet service by the end of the year.

"Facebook Doesn't Sell Your Data. It Sells You": Zeynep Tufekci on How the Company's Profit Really Works

April 11, 2018 - 2:00pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced off with lawmakers in a marathon 5-hour hearing Tuesday about how the voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of more than 87 million Facebook users, without their permission, in efforts to sway voters to support President Donald Trump. We speak with Zeynep Tufekci, associate professor of information and library science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.