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Digital Currencies Pave Way for Deeply Negative Interest Rates
Investors have been ignoring progress toward government-issued electronic money, even as many countries are progressing rapidly toward their own online cash. They should ask two questions: Will the Federal Reserve issue a digital dollar? And will it eventually replace physical bank notes? I think the answer to both questions is y...
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In Hong Kong, Jimmy Lai’s Next Digital Says It Has Been Forced to Close
HONG KONG — Next Digital, a Hong Kong media company that has published vehement criticism of the Chinese government for decades, said on Sunday that it would take steps to shut down after an official crackdown had left it with no way to operate.In a statement, the company’s board of directors called for the liquidation of the company and said that ...
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The Digital Economy Runs on Open Source. Here’s How to Protect It.
Free and open source software (FOSS) is essential to much of the tech we use every day — from cars to phones to planes to the cloud. While traditionally, it was developed by an army of volunteer developers and given away for free, companies are increasingly taking a more active role in its development. But as companies buy up open source comp...
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It’s on Digital Platforms to Make the Internet a Better Place
For years, users of digital technology have had the sole responsibility to navigate misinformation, negativity, privacy risk, and digital abuse, to name a few. But maintaining digital well-being is a heavy weight to be put on an individual’s shoulders. What if we didn’t have to carry quite as much of the burden of maintaining our digital well...
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Australia considering new laws for Apple, Google, WeChat digital wallets
A smartphone with the Apple Pay logo is placed on a displayed Google Pay logo in this illustration taken on July 14, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationSYDNEY, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The Australian government is considering new laws that would tighten the regulation of digital payment services by tech giants such as Apple (AAPL.O) and Alphabet's Goog...
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White House launches US Digital Corps
Written by Dave Nyczepir Aug 30, 2021 | FEDSCOOP The White House launched a two-year fellowship Monday designed to place early-career software engineers, data scientists and other technologists at federal agencies. Dubbed the U.S. Digital Corps, participants will ...
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Report Raises Questions About ShotSpotter Technology | Latino Voices | Chicago News
According to a new report from the inspector general’s office, alerts by the gunshot detection system ShotSpotter “rarely” lead to evidence of a gun crime.  The multimillion-dollar technology uses microphones and sensors to identify the sound of gunshots and alert the Chicago Police Department to the location of the reported gun activity. But the a...
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Digital media companies disagree over future as SPAC market falters
Craig Barritt | Getty ImagesThe digital media industry has reached a strategic crossroads.Earlier this year, special purpose acquisition vehicles (SPACs) appeared to be the long-awaited savior of digital media companies. BuzzFeed, Vice, Bustle Digital Group and others with venture capital backing had a plan to pay back investors with publicly trade...
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