On Dec. 11, Congress grilled Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Google's practices regarding user privacy, election interference, and possible bias. The hearing underscores a growing uneasiness over the increasing influence of tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
In the 1990s, Silicon Valley promised a global virtual community that would level hierarchies and empower individuals. Instead, we wound up with a habit-forming outrage machine that spies on us. What went wrong?
Internal documents from 2011-2015 show Facebook selling user's data with little regard for privacy concerns. The social media giant says the information offers an incomplete picture, but lawmakers in the US and Britain are pushing for more regulation.
With ships releasing nearly 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year, shipping companies are looking for more environmentally-conscious options including the use of sails and alternative fuels.
Across the United States parents continue to wrestle with how to find a balance between letting kids develop interests and limiting a dependence on technology, a new survey shows. One idea gaining momentum: waiting until eighth grade to give a child a smartphone.
Before there was "net neutrality" there was "end-to-end principle," the idea of letting end consumers control the internet and its content rather than a central authority. Under the Trump administration, this engineering maxim has become a hot-button issue.
At one of the tech sector's largest global conferences, women leaders said more needed to be done to promote equality in an industry riddled with sexism. Last week, thousands of Google employees walked out to protest discriminatory practices in the workplace.
The social media giant is facing criticism after it's platform was used to spread hate speech in the central African country. As internet use spreads in the developing world, similar misinformation incidents are occurring in Myanmar and Sri Lanka.
During mass shootings and domestic incidents, a phone call to 911 could put someone in further danger. Advocates stress the importance of text-to-911 services, yet most emergency call centers don't have the infrastructure to support them.
Elon Musk has been lauded for his visionary approach in the field of space exploration but signs of internal strife – from manager firings, to a difficult work environment, to a slew of unfulfilled job postings – suggest the SpaceX CEO is trying to do too much too fast.
Two years ago, Facebook shrugged off assertions that the 2016 election was influenced by fictional news stories on its site. But as Congress pays more attention, the social media giant has begun to take these threats more seriously.