Tag: tech

Is closing the gender gap in tech even possible? Not likely, no matter how much money ‘woke’ corporations spend | American Enterprise Institute

Many universities, organizations and “woke” corporations are increasingly committed to closing the gender gap in STEM and especially tech, and hundreds of millions, if not many billions of dollars have been spent on efforts to increase the female share of STEM degrees and jobs. For example, although they are illegal and violate Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination (and are therefore now being successfully challenged), hundreds of US universities spend millions of dollars every year offering single-sex, female-only STEM programs, summer camps, computer coding clubs, scholarships, awards, fellowships, initiatives, collectives, clubs, industry and networking events, and mentoring programs. Then there ... Read more

Ivanka Wins Over Tech Crowd Amid Boycott Threats and Complaints

News Mario Tama / Getty ImagesAdviser to the president and first daughter Ivanka Trump speaks during a keynote address at CES 2020 at The Venetian Las Vegas on Jan. 7, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Mario Tama / Getty Images) Ivanka Trump, President Trump’s adviser and oldest daughter, gave the keynote speech with confidence at a technology conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday despite backlash surrounding her appearance. According to The Washington Post, hundreds of people tweeted #boycottCES when it was announced that Trump would be speaking at CES. Twitter users and some industry professionals took issue with Trump’s invitation ... Read more

German court jails Russian for illegal military tech exports | News | DW

A court in the northern German city of Hamburg sentenced a Russian citizen to prison on Thursday for illegally exporting embargoed technology to Russia. Hamburg’s Hanseatic Higher Regional Court sentenced the man, identified as Vladimir D., to seven years in prison. Read more: Austrian army colonel charged with spying for Russia The man was accused of violating European Union sanctions by selling millions of euros worth of goods to “military recipients in Russia.” Prosecutors previously said in a statement that the goods were “particularly suited for use in the field of military missile-related technology.” Forged papers and fake recipients The suspect, whose age has ... Read more

Left and right should let tech markets work | American Enterprise Institute

One of Peggy Noonan’s predictions for 2020 is that the drumbeat to regulate Big Tech will grow: “The belief that big tech needs to be corralled — to be broken up or declared public utilities — will grow on the left and right. The big companies are too powerful and have too insinuating an effect on our lives. . . . [T]he issue isn’t going away, and wise lefties and creative conservatives may fully seize it.” via Twenty20 Setting aside whether “wise lefties” and “creative conservatives” are oxymorons, Noonan is correct: The left has been preparing for years to take ... Read more

Consumer tech giant TCL isn’t hiding its Chinese ties – Axios

For years, China’s TCL sold tons of TVs and phones in the U.S. under other brand labels, like Alcatel and RCA. These days, though, it’s looking to make its own moniker into a household name here. Why it matters: TCL’s move comes amid threats from Washington to push at least some Chinese tech out of the U.S. market. And it marks a bit of global brand unity that contrasts with efforts companies like TikTok have made to distance themselves from their China connections. Driving the news: In addition to the licensed gear, TCL already sells TVs in the U.S. under ... Read more

5 questions for Will Rinehart on Big Tech, rural broadband, and the AI race | American Enterprise Institute

Why do so many politicians and ideologues dislike Google, Facebook, and Amazon? Are they too monopolistic, and are they using our data ethically? Also, how can we make broadband more accessible for rural America, and what policies should we put in place in order to fully benefit from the rise of artificial intelligence? Will Rinehart and I recently discussed these questions. Will is the director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum, where he specializes in telecommunication, Internet, and data policy. He is also a Frédéric Bastiat Fellow at the Mercatus Center, and was previously a research ... Read more

Predictions for exciting, eerie, and emerging tech in 2020

With violent extremists using the internet to promote their propaganda, spread hate, and even livestream attacks and executions, the pressure is on tech companies to become more proactive in preventing terrorism by banning and removing terrorist content from their platforms. In August of this past year, the president and the FBI both called upon tech companies to step up their game. The next month, Facebook expanded their definition of terrorism and banned 200 white supremacist groups from the platform. In December, Facebook posted an update on its blog about its counterterrorism efforts, written by Facebook VP for Global Policy Management, ... Read more

Tech Developments – Defense Daily

Energy Department Takes Delivery of New Radiation Monitoring Aircraft JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. — The Department of Energy took delivery of three new radiation monitoring aircraft recently and put them on display here the week before Christmas at one of two home bases for the airborne leg of the agency’s counterterrorism office. The three new King Air 350ER airplanes provided by Textron Aviation [TXT] of Wichita, Kan., will replace three 1980s-vintage aircraft the agency’s semi-autonomous National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) used for decades to scan for traces of potentially harmful radiation. Textron’s contract, which included the procurement of aircraft and ... Read more

America’s competition problem that has nothing to do with Big Tech | American Enterprise Institute

The US economy is probably the most competitive in the world, at least compared to other large economies. But the US economy may be less competitive internally. As economist Thomas Philippon writes in The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets: “First, US markets have become less competitive: concentration is high in many industries, leaders are entrenched, and their profit rates are excessive. Second, this lack of competition has hurt US consumers and workers: it has led to higher prices, lower investment and lower productivity growth. Third, and contrary to common wisdom, the main explanation is political, not ... Read more

Counter Terrorism in the tech space is a growing concern for Facebook

With violent extremists using the internet to promote their propaganda, spread hate, and even livestream attacks and executions, the pressure is on tech companies to become more proactive in preventing terrorism by banning and removing terrorist content from their platforms. In August of this past year, the president and the FBI both called upon tech companies to step up their game. The next month, Facebook expanded their definition of terrorism and banned 200 white supremacist groups from the platform. In December, Facebook posted an update on its blog about its counterterrorism efforts, written by Facebook VP for Global Policy Management, ... Read more