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Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent Facebook has revealed the rules that will govern its "supreme court" - a new 40-person independent board that will make the final decision on controversial questions about the social network's content.Users unhappy with the way their content has been treated on the platform will be able to take their case to the board after they have "exhausted" Facebook's internal appeals process. It is not clear when the oversight board will start work. Once it has, Facebook said it would implement its decision promptly, unless doing so could violate the law. Image: Mark Zuckerberg says the board will be completely independent - even of him It a...
Ebola vaccine: Why is a new jab so controversial?

Ebola vaccine: Why is a new jab so controversial?

Health
A debate is raging over proposals that a second vaccine be introduced to fight Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo, currently in the grip of its worst outbreak. The DR Congo Health Minister, Dr Oly Ilunga, who resigned after being stripped of management of the country's Ebola response, said the current vaccine is the only one that has been proven to be effective, and an opposition MP said the new vaccine is untested, and fears people in the country will be used as guinea pigs.Leading health experts say the second vaccine is safe and could be an important tool in holding back the spread of the virus.So what are the concerns, and are they justified?Tried and tested?It has been tested on 6,000 people and "has shown outstanding saf...
Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Article 13: Memes exempt as EU backs controversial copyright law

Technology
Copyright laws which critics say could change the internet have been voted in by the European Parliament.The new rules, including the controversial Article 13, will hold tech firms responsible for material posted without copyright permission.Sharing memes and GIFs will still be allowed under the new laws.Many musicians and creators say the legislation will compensate artists fairly - but others argue that they will destroy user-generated content.Copyright is the legal right that allows an artist to protect how their original work is used.Tech companies have argued that artists are already paid fairly under the current system. Google said it would "harm Europe's creative and digital industries". What is the controversial Article 1...
Controversial changes to copyright laws approved by the EU

Controversial changes to copyright laws approved by the EU

Technology
By Lucia Binding, news reporter EU lawmakers have approved controversial changes to copyright legislation that some critics say could alter the nature of the internet.The Copyright Directive was approved by 348 MEPs, while 274 voted against and 36 abstained. The move is designed to make tech giants more responsible for paying creatives, musicians and news outlets more fairly for their work online.EU member states have two years to implement the reforms - though it is not clear how the changes would affect the UK amid Brexit uncertainty.Musicians Paul McCartney and Debbie Harry have been among the most vocal supports of the law reforms, alongside a number of groups including the European Alliance of News Agencies which argue that it provides an opportunity...
The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

The controversial tech used to predict problems before they happen

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent At least 53 councils are using computer models to detect problems before they happen, according to new research by Cardiff University and Sky News, which shows the scale of the controversial technology in UK public services.So-called predictive algorithms are being used by councils for everything from traffic management to benefits sanctions. The real figures could be much higher, as not every local authority responded fully to freedom of information requests.Almost a third of the UK's 45 police forces are also using predictive algorithms.:: Analysis - Hidden revolution is taking place :: Add to Apple podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker. Image: More than 50 lo...