Oxford University halts donations and grants from Huawei

SOPA Images via Getty Images Huawei has faced increasing resistance from the US government and other countries, and now Oxford University has joined the growing number of groups distancing themselves from the company. The university, for now, will no longer accept research grants or donations from Huawei, The Guardian reports, with the ban stemming from […]

The U.S. Government Was Supposed to Tell Us How Hot 2018 Was Today, But, the Shutdown

People cooling off in Madrid Rio park in Madrid during an August heat wave.Photo: AP If you’re wondering exactly how warm it was in 2018, you may have to wait for the U.S. government to start functioning again. Every year around this time, NASA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) release their annual checkup […]

Google shows its bleak vision of search under new EU copyright laws

Google Google hasn’t been shy about decrying the consequences of the EU’s proposed Copyright Directive. Now, however, it’s using stark visuals to illustrate its point. The company recently told Search Engine Land that it was experimenting with a version of its search engine to gauge the “impact” the Directive would have on both users and […]

ACLU sues US government over social media surveillance of immigrants

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images The ACLU has sued the federal government, naming the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, US Customs and Border Protection, US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department as defendants. The civil rights organization is seeking information regarding the government’s practice of monitoring immigrants’ […]

Shareholders ask Amazon to halt sales of facial recognition tech

NICOLAS ASFOURI via Getty Images A group of Amazon shareholders has filed a resolution requesting the company stop selling its facial recognition technology to government agencies until a review can determine whether it has the potential to violate civil rights. Organized by the non-profit Open MIC and filed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of […]