‘Perfection of Dictatorship’: Fears of China’s Technology Dominate the Democratic Debate

By: Grady McGregor As partisan battles rage in Washington, the notion that the U.S. needs to combat China—and its technological prowess—seems a uniquely unifying idea.                                                                                                                   At the democratic debate on Thursday night, the winnowed field of seven democratic candidates hardened their tone on China. While previous debates have fielded questions on Trump’s trade war with China, Thursday’s discussion appeared to accept as a given the idea that the U.S. needs to move beyond the trade war and confront China on its human rights issues and growing technological clout. This was put most succinctly a few minutes into the debate, when moderator Judy Woodruff asked former Mayor of South Bend, Ind. Pete Buttigieg if he would consider, as president, boycotting the upcoming China’s 2022 Winter Olympics

Most Powerful Women In Tech In 2019: Beyond CEOs,Women Dominate The C-Suite

By: Biz Carson From CEOs like YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki to CFOs like Microsoft’s Amy Hood, women in tech are finding power across the c-Suite. This year’s Forbes Power Women list features 20 stars from across the tech sector whose power continues to grow whether they are the top boss or a COO of some of the world’s biggest companies. The top three women on this year’s list are chief executives whom have grown their companies to new heights. The top woman in tech, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty (No. 9 overall), has staked much of her company’s future on the October 2018 $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, which closed in July 2019. Susan Wojcicki (No. 12), whose sister 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki (No. 91) also made the list, had a tougher year as

Investors find a spot for $65 million in Passport’s parking management tech

By: Jonathan Shieber The big new round of funding for Passport’s  ticketing and parking management tech proves that software can even disrupt something as mundane and seemingly low-tech as the parking lot. The startup, which just raised $65 million in new financing from investors, is a permitting, parking and ticketing management service for cities, office parks and campuses. The capital commitment more than doubles the North Carolina-based startup’s funding to $125 million and is actually the second big investment round of the year for a parking tech company. SpotHero, the Chicago-based marketplace for parking, raised $50 million earlier in the year, and other services related to auto care and servicing in parking lots or on-demand have raised tens of millions of dollars as well. To

Pelosi pushes to keep tech’s legal shield out of trade agreement with Mexico and Canada

By: Lauren Feiner House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is pushing to keep a key legal shield for tech companies out of a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Thursday. The effort could throw a wrench into progress Congress seemed to be making on the pact and would be a blow to tech companies who already fear losing the legal protection within the U.S. Just last week, Pelosi said House Democrats were “within range” of reaching a pact they can support for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, which would replace NAFTA. To read more:

Technology ‘should not be an add-on when developing an ICS’

By: Andrea Downey Technology should be considered from the outset and not as an “add-on” when developing an integrated care system, a Nuffield Trust researcher has said. Sarah Scobie, deputy director of research at the trust, said technology on its own is not a solution to integrated care problems but “underpins” the success of many health systems. “There is good evidence that when it comes to developing integrated care systems, technology needs to be considered from the outset and not as an add on,” she told Digital Health News. “A recent NAO report showed that the systems not taking technology infrastructure requirements into consideration made it difficult to deliver some of the plans.” She advised integrated care system (ICS) leaders to focus on getting basic

As facial recognition tech races ahead of regulation, Chinese residents grow nervous about data privacy

By: Celia Chen   Analysts say China lends itself to early adoption of facial recognition technology due to its large population and the existence of massive, centralised identity databases. Photo: Bloomberg It took 20 minutes of arguing before the hotel in downtown Shenzhen finally allowed Wang Qiyu to check in without taking a scan of his face. Wang, a software developer who returned to China two years ago after getting his doctorate in the US, said he felt harassed by the hotel. “Airport, train stations, stores and hotels – almost every organisation asks for facial data,” the 31-year-old told the South China Morning Post. “But no one tells me why they collect the data and how they protect it.” He is not alone: Chinese

Exclusive: Facebook, Apple, and Google Among 50 Tech Companies Working to Save America’s Largest Guest Worker Program

By: Nicole Goodkind As the Supreme Court weighs the fate of the DACA program, 50 large tech companies, along with 11 professional and advocacy groups, have turned their concern towards another looming court case that threatens to end the largest guest work program in the United States, Optional Practical Training (OPT).  An amicus brief filed today by FWD.us, an advocacy group founded by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, reads as a who's who of Silicon Valley. Tech giants like Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Airbnb, Bloomberg, Intel, Microsoft, Tesla, Twitter, Uber, and Zillow have all signed on in support of the program, which allows international students in the United States on F-1 visas to remain in the country and work in fields akin to their degree for one year or

Tech investment into Europe is surging — but it’s more than just a hedge for the US-China trade war

By: Sam Shead European tech start-ups have seen a huge surge in the amount of capital coming from investors in the U.S. and Asia this year, but it’s not because funds in these regions are simply “hedging” their bets amid the US-China trade war. So far this year, over 20% of European start-up funding rounds have included a U.S. or Asian investor, up from 10% in 2015, venture capital firm Atomico claimed in its annual State of European Tech report this week. The U.S.-China trade war makes Europe look like a relatively safe middle-ground, but that’s not why North American and Asian investors are choosing to back European start-ups, according to Tom Wehmeier, partner and head of research at Atomico. To read more:

Public fears about artificial intelligence are ‘not the fault of A.I.’ itself, tech exec says

By: Huileng Tan Consumer worries relating to AI include concerns about personal privacy and how the systems may get out of control , said Song Zhang, managing director for China at global software consultancy, ThoughtWorks.Zhang was speaking during a panel discussion discussing the “Future of AI” at CNBC’s East Tech West conference in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China. The technology industry and policymakers need to address public concerns about artificial intelligence (AI) which are “not the fault of AI” itself, a tech executive said Tuesday. “It is the fault of developers, so we need to solve this problem,” said Song Zhang, managing director for China at global software consultancy, ThoughtWorks. Consumer worries relating to AI include concerns about personal privacy and how the systems