Articles about Amazon

New Thinking at the Federal Trade Commission Could Spell Trouble for Tech

In March, President Biden announced he would nominate Lina Khan for Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If confirmed, she would become the third Democrat on the five-person commission tasked with protecting consumers and preventing anticompetitive business practices. The nomination is the latest chapter of a meteoric rise for Khan, whose…

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As Jeff Bezos Steps Down, What Will Change at Amazon?

The undisputed king of e-commerce and plenty of other verticals – Amazon – will soon have a new CEO. Jeff Bezos sent ripples through financial media in early February, when he announced his transition to an executive chairman role. Andy Jassy, the CEO of Amazon Web Service’s cloud team, will take over…

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Concerns for Tech Companies in 2021

The new year represents a symbolic fresh start for many, but several concerns linger for technology companies around the globe. Some of the biggest names in tech are experiencing increased scrutiny, restrictions (or the threat of restrictions), and more apprehension about security than ever before. As a new presidential administration takes office…

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2020’s Biggest Tech Stories, and What to Watch Next Year

2020 was truly a year unlike any other. The global coronavirus pandemic and US presidential election dominated headlines, which were dramatized further by social upheaval and other flashpoints. Technology also shared in the spotlight, as consumers and businesses relied heavily on ‘digital everything’ to work, shop, and connect through the pandemic. In…

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Drone Surveillance of Protests Earning Bipartisan Scrutiny

George Floyd’s recent death while in police custody has generated a rash of protests around the world, raising questions about the nature of policing and the police’s role in society. The ensuing (and, at time of writing, ongoing) marches, demonstrations, and encounters between protesters and police have been endlessly covered, dissected, and…

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On Our Radar: The Algorithmic Accountability Act

A growing number of corporations are using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automate processes and crunch information with speed and efficiency far exceeding human capabilities. But for all its revolutionary properties, AI has not escaped criticism. The underlying algorithms that govern AI behavior have been accused of bias, including in high-profile cases involving…

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A Closer Look at the Antitrust Debate in the Technology Sector

The biggest and most influential technology companies – Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon – were once the darlings of Wall Street, the media, and consumers. But the tone has decisively shifted in recent months. Most news reporting focuses on data impropriety, privacy issues, and, increasingly, the pure size and scope of the…

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Ring, Law Enforcement, and Data Sharing Partnerships

Ring, the home security and smart home company best known for video doorbells and security cameras, has developed a series of data sharing partnerships with law enforcement around the United States. The relationships have raised concerns about privacy and potential civil liberties violations, as well as questions about the intersection of data,…

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Data’s Role in Big Tech’s Antitrust Fight

The era of minimal oversight for the biggest technology companies appears to be ending. The Justice Department and FTC will split oversight of Google and Amazon, and the Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to a long-simmering antitrust suit against Apple. Taken together, it is becoming clear that lawmakers are poised to take…

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