Newsroom's technology columnist Richard MacManus argues big tech firms such as Google and Facebook should audit their algorithms in the same way our Government has asked for audits of how its departments use artificial intelligence.
The Minister in charge of digital services believes big tech companies such as Google and Facebook are conducting “extraordinary experiments on our entire civilisation”.
Newsroom technology columnist Richard MacManus looks at how Google is using data provided by its users to build its artificial intelligence-driven tools. We're helping Google more than we realise. He wonders whether that's a good thing.
Columnist Rod Oram sifted through a fresh and local report on what Artificial Intelligence might mean for New Zealand. He found we're behind the curve and not ready either for the risks or the opportunities.
For the convenience of email subscribers, here's an extended version of my weekend column on the latest moves overseas to crack down on tax avoidance by global tech firms and what that means for New Zealand.
Prime Minister John Key has called on big digital multi-nationals such as Google and Facebook to pay their fair share of tax and he supported moves by the G20 to share information and pressure them into paying more tax.
Finance Minister Bill English has dismissed the idea of bringing in a turnover tax aimed at global digital companies doing business in New Zealand, claiming New Zealanders shopping online were having a bigger impact on the tax base.