Posts Tagged ‘Google’

YouTube has deleted under one percent of flagged hate videos

Monday, May 20th, 2019

YouTube has removed less than one percent of the 15 million hate videos flagged to it, figures given to MPs have revealed. Statistics provided to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee show that only 25,000 of nearly 15 million videos that were flagged as hateful or abusive between July and December last year have been Read more

After the Google walkout, is #Me Too about to get more militant?

Monday, November 5th, 2018

It started in Tokyo. On Thursday, Google employees around the world stopped work at 11am local time, as part of a planned protest against the tech giant’s handling of sexual harassment complaints. The protests happened in waves, with workers walking out of their offices, carrying signs and chanting, as the clock struck 11 in Singapore, Read more

Technology giants halt Ireland’s abortion referendum ads

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Technology giants Google and Facebook have suspended all advertising about Ireland’s abortion referendum. At present voters are being asked to decide whether to repeal Ireland’s constitutional ban on most abortions. Google says protecting “election integrity” is behind their decision. Advertisements on Google-owned companies AdWords and YouTube are included in the ban. Facebook says its decision Read more

Slavery, profits and technology titans

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Global “titans of technology” are forcing workers into a form of slavery, says Britain’s trade union leader Frances O’Grady. Speaking to a two-day summit of Catholic and labour movement leaders at the Vatican last Friday, O’Grady said the world needs a new figure like Cardinal Manning. (Manning was influential in setting the modern-day Catholic Church Read more

‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus’ — heroes are the popes!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

The best reason for readers to go out and purchase Douglas Rushkoff’s new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus, is that the heroes at the end of the book turn out to be… the popes! The “new operating system” Rushkoff recommends turns out to be a variation on the fundamental vision of distributism – Read more

Are you there God? It’s us Googling

Friday, October 9th, 2015

It is not clear whether the quirks of search actually shape people’s beliefs. But it’s worth remembering that posing a question to a search engine is not the same as posing a question to any other kind of source. The competition for authority online is governed by a very different set of rules than in previous Read more

Google first call for upset youth: survey

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Google now beats talking to friends for young Kiwis with emotional or health problems, a survey has found. The Colmar Brunton national survey of 403 people aged 16 to 24 found that 64 per cent of young people said Google or other websites were the most common places their peers would go to “access information Read more

From sci-fi to fact and its moral implications

Friday, February 28th, 2014

3D-printed organs – quick explanation: this essentially entails filling an old inkjet printer with human tissue, which then gets ‘printed’, layer by layer, to form a 3D object. Last year, we implanted the first bioengineered blood vessel, and it won’t be long before we’ll be able to print a liver for anyone who needs one. Because Read more

Free speech in the age of YouTube

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Companies are usually accountable to no one but their shareholders. Internet companies are a different breed. Because they traffic in speech — rather than, say, corn syrup or warplanes — they make decisions every day about what kind of expression is allowed where. And occasionally they come under pressure to explain how they decide, on Read more

Google criticised for advocating same-sex relationships

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Google’s push for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in countries like Poland has drawn the ire of critics, who suggest the company should address basic human rights violations elsewhere. “I am afraid that Google can’t distinguish between discrimination, tolerance and promotion,” Fr. Maciej Zieba, the director of Krakow’s Tertio Millennio Institute, told Catholic News Read more