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Tech pessimism founded on ‘real concerns’

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Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer believes the pessimism surrounding technology in the world today is “founded on real concerns of the negative impacts of technology.”

In an interview on Tuesday with the president of the Oxford Union, the Oxford University debating society, Schroepfer said that in some cases “we haven’t really always done the homework upfront” and thought about what a “bad actor” might do with a particular product before releasing it.

A Facebook spokesperson told CNBC on Wednesday that he was talking about the tech industry as a whole as opposed to Facebook specifically.

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5 tech trends every bank should be prepared for in 2021

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Banking on technology: 5 tech trends every bank should be prepared for in 2021

The year 2020 has carved a niche for itself in recent history in terms of the sheer disruption and unexpected chaos it brought on. But beyond its reputation as one of the darkest years of our time, 2020 also offered a few pleasant surprises.

Our increasing reliance on technology paid off, and it was one of the biggest allies in our fight to keep businesses going and productivity levels high. But, despite our best efforts, many businesses accumulated formidable losses and caved

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Minneapolis proposal to ban law enforcement use of facial recognition tech advances

Minneapolis could soon join a small but growing number of American cities that have banned most uses of facial recognition technology by its police and other municipal departments.

The proposal, which has been quietly discussed for months among a coalition of progressive groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, was signed off on without discussion by a City Council committee Thursday. The matter will next be taken up at a public comment session on Feb. 10 before going to the full council for a final vote on Feb. 12.

“If we have cameras all over the city tracking in real

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Consumer Technology Association CEO: COVID has sped up our use of tech, don’t let government derail innovation

The coronavirus pandemic has sped our embrace of technology – for work, school, health, entertainment, connecting with loved ones – and spurred innovation around the globe.

But tech companies are facing scrutiny and criticism by government. Attacks range from questioning technology’s benefit to society to accusations of monopolistic behavior.

Short-sighted legislative proposals include limits on acquisitions of smaller companies and bans on platforms selling their own products.


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Huawei, AI firms filed to patent tech that could identify Uighurs, report says

Surveillance cameras are mounted on a post at Tiananmen Square as snow falls in Beijing, China, on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

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GUANGZHOU, China — A new report reveals patent applications belonging to Huawei and a group of China-based artificial intelligence companies for systems that can detect people who are part of a Muslim minority group.

The ethnic Uighurs, who live mostly in China’s west, have been identified by the United Nations, United States, United Kingdom and others as a repressed group. Authorities allegedly use widespread surveillance technology to monitor the region’s Uighur population.

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