Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell appears in the following:

Can Computer Programs Be Racist And Sexist?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

When people write computer programs, their biases can creep into code. Computer experts say it's important to talk about the problem because if humans don't fix it, computers won't do so themselves.


Can Computers Be Racist? The Human-Like Bias Of Algorithms

Monday, March 14, 2016

As algorithms play a growing role in determining content, critics say the results are often filled with biases. Women see ads for lower paying jobs and African-Americans for cheaper neighborhoods.


In Apple Security Case, Obama Calls To Strike A Balance

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The president's appearance at SXSW's technology conference comes as the Justice Department tries to force Apple to help it unlock an iPhone. Many in the tech world oppose the government's position.


At Calif. Campuses, A Test For Free Speech, Privacy And Cybersecurity

Friday, March 11, 2016

The University of California president, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, secretly ordered data monitoring across the system after hackers broke into the UCLA medical center.


In Fighting FBI, Apple Says Free Speech Rights Mean No Forced Coding

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Justice Department wants Apple to write special software to help it break into the iPhone used by one the San Bernardino terrorists.

In its filing opposing a federal judge's order to help the government, Apple says it would be a violation of its First Amendment rights to ...


Apple's First Amendment Argument

Friday, February 26, 2016

Is software code speech? Apple says that it is, in its motion to vacate a federal judge's order requiring the company to help the FBI break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists.


Apple's CEO Takes A Stand โ€” And A Risk

Friday, February 26, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook put himself and his company front and center in a national debate on digital privacy, when he decided Apple would not comply with a federal court order to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. The Department of Justice has ...


How Tim Cook's Stand Over Digital Privacy Could Define Apple's Future

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The CEO's absolute stand on privacy in the face of a court order may be the defining moment of his leadership at Apple. Is his move motivated by principle, the bottom line or a combination of the two?


FBI Director James Comey Urges Apple To End iPhone Standoff In Open Letter

Monday, February 22, 2016

In an open letter regarding the standoff with Apple, FBI Director James Comey said the tension between privacy and security should not be resolved by "corporations that sell stuff for a living."


Can A 1789 Law Apply To An iPhone?

Friday, February 19, 2016

The All Writs Act of 1789 was cited by a federal magistrate in ordering Apple to unlock an iPhone.


Experts Ponder Old Laws' Usefulness In The Age Of Smartphones

Friday, February 19, 2016

Apple's clash with the federal government over unlocking the phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has exposed how inadequate much of U.S. law is in the face of fast-evolving technologies.


Apple To Fight Court Order To Break Into San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Apple says it will oppose a federal court order to assist the Justice Department in unlocking an iPhone used by one of two attackers who killed 14 office workers in San Bernardino, Calif.


Twitter Users Blast Reported Plan To Change Display Of Tweets

Monday, February 08, 2016

Many Twitter users responded angrily after a published report said the company is planning to change how tweets are displayed. The BuzzFeed article said Twitter will switch this week ...


Yahoo Laying Off Staff And Considering Selling Itself

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Yahoo, the Internet pioneer, continues to lose money. Tuesday in its fourth-quarter report, the company said it had a loss of $4.4 billion.

It's also laying off about 15 percent of its workforce and closing offices in five locations. Yahoo says it will explore "strategic alternatives" for its struggling Internet ...


A Site Where Traditional Artisans Can Sell Their Works To The World

Monday, February 01, 2016

Novica, a website that bills itself as the Etsy of the developing world, features more than 18,000 artisans from remote areas to whom the company has paid out more than $66.5 million.


Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Announces High Level Departures

Monday, January 25, 2016

There's been a shakeup in the executive ranks at Twitter. CEO Jack Dorsey is overhauling key parts of the company as he seeks to address financial problems that have left investors in a sour mood.


Can A $9 Computer Spark A New Wave Of Tinkering And Innovation?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

It fits in your hand, can connect to Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth. The $9 CHIP promises to be a teaching tool that's also fun to play with. It's just one of several low-cost computers hitting the market.


David Bowie, The Internet Visionary

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

David Bowie's death has a lot of communities mourning. Though his greatest success was in music, he was admired as a trailblazer in fashion, film, gender politics and, as it turns out, technology. Here are just a few of his early forays into digital media.

In 1996, he ...


Is Oculus Rift's $600 Price Too High For Virtual Reality To Succeed?

Saturday, January 09, 2016

When I met up with Palmer Luckey this week at CES, the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, the founder of virtual reality company Oculus VR had some explaining to do. Oculus had just announced the price of its highly anticipated consumer model of the virtual ...


At CES, New Robots Deliver More Coos Than Utility

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Robots may be in our future, but the future isn't quite here.