How Facebook can be more responsible when it goes local

News: Facebook’s approach to not invest in content moderation in Indian languages should be taken seriously and further scrutinized. Recently, in the backdrop of the leaks by whistleblower Francis Haugen, Facebook admitted that it has hate speech classifiers in only four Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, and Tamil out of India’s 22 scheduled languages. Moreover, its scale… Continue reading How Facebook can be more responsible when it goes local

How do we protect children in the Digital Age?

Synopsis: Protecting children has become far harder in the digital era. Introduction Recently, a whistle-blower of Facebook, Frances Haugen, accused Facebook of hurting children and harming democracy by promoting social divisions. She tried to reveal the technical depths of the problem that the young consumers of the Facebook face. For instance, she tried to explain… Continue reading How do we protect children in the Digital Age?

Should we be worried about how technology is changing the human condition?

Synopsis: Fears about algorithms designed for addiction, advances in AI are grounded in recent revelations about corporate greed and government surveillance. Why expecting the social media corporates to self-regulate themselves is an absurd idea? Inaction of social media corporates: Social media corporates are well aware of the moral uncertainty towards the consequences of their products… Continue reading Should we be worried about how technology is changing the human condition?

Taxing multinationals

Synopsis: Global agreement on taxing multinational corporations and way forward for India Introduction After several years of negotiations, 136 countries, representing over 90 per cent of global output, finalised the agreement last week to tax multinational corporations. Since almost all members of the OECD’s framework on base erosion and profit shifting have agreed, tax avoidance… Continue reading Taxing multinationals

Taxing big tech where it earn profits

Synopsis: India signed a deal to enforce GMCT in India, but it has to alter its taxation system to bring respective reforms. Introduction India with another 135 countries agreed to enforce a pact to impose a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%, and an equitable system of taxing profits of big companies in markets where they… Continue reading Taxing big tech where it earn profits

Need Smart Govts For Checking Big Tech

Synopsis: This article is based on ideas from a book on how governments can check the power of big techs. Introduction The book System Error: Where Big Tech Went Wrong and How We Can Reboot, has been written by Stanford University professors Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami, and Jeremy M Weinstein. This book talks about the… Continue reading Need Smart Govts For Checking Big Tech

Making them pay: About the regulation of Big techs

Synopsis: A law to regulate app store operators is key to check Big Tech’s monopolising nature. Introduction Recently, South Korea made an amendment to its Telecommunications Business Act. The Act aims to prevent app store operators, such as Google and Apple, from forcing app developers to use their in-store payment systems. It will also check… Continue reading Making them pay: About the regulation of Big techs