technology-issues

Autonomous vehicle start-up Aurora names PGH as site of its corporate HQ

BY: - September 9, 2021

The majority of its 1,600 employees will work in Aurora’s facility in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the company said.

W.Pa lawmaker wants to fight deepfakes in Pa. politics. But will he hit a 1st Amendment wall?

BY: - August 6, 2021

'They create a distrust in government and in our institutions that is not easily or quickly restored,' Rep. Nick Pisciottano says

More than 30 states join lawsuit accusing Google of anti-competitive practices

BY: - July 8, 2021

Iowa is among 36 states suing Google over allegations the tech firm is operating a monopoly with its app store and Google Billing. In the Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Minnesota and South Dakota also are involved with the lawsuit, Utah v. Google. The states claim Google paid off competitors and used contracts to create a monopoly for its app store […]

How common is identity theft in Pa.? Here’s a look at the data | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 14, 2021

Some of the most stolen data includes social security numbers, bank account information, personal information such as birth date and home address and other identifying data. 

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Shhhh, they’re listening – inside the coming voice-profiling revolution | Opinion

BY: - April 29, 2021

Marketers will soon be able to use AI-assisted vocal analysis to gain insights into shoppers' inclinations – without people knowing what they're revealing or how that information is being interpreted.

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Pa.’s Shapiro joins states suing Google over alleged search manipulation | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 18, 2020

The action by nearly 40 states is the third anti-trust salvo fired at the Web giant.

This Philadelphia church dared to imagine a digital workaround to pews emptied by pandemic

BY: - May 5, 2020

Dare to Imagine Church, Inc. at 6610 Anderson St. had no troubles going digital during the pandemic because it was already digital.

COVID-19 in W.Pa.: Community rallies to raise $95K to buy tech for Clairton students

BY: - April 22, 2020

U.S. Steel, a family foundation and local donors kicked in the money to help buy Chromebooks for students in the struggling district.

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access, as Congress looks for solutions

BY: - April 13, 2020

Pennsylvania fell just outside the top 10 states, when it comes  to internet coverage, speed and price, according to a report by BroadbandNow Research.

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Craigslist at 25: A reminder that a more democratic version of the web can still thrive | Opinion.

BY: - March 2, 2020

By Jessa Lingel Fake news. Online surveillance. Phishing scams. Biased algorithms. It’s easy to be cynical about the internet, and harder to remember a time when being online felt less commercial and more democratic. But there was a period when websites didn’t rely on user data for profit margins, when people still viewed the internet […]

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AI algorithms intended to root out welfare fraud often end up punishing the poor instead | Analysis

BY: - February 16, 2020

States are increasingly turning to machine learning and algorithms to detect fraud in social programs, despite little evidence of actual fraud.

Here’s everything we know so far about Gov. Tom Wolf’s 6th budget

BY: - February 2, 2020

After a month of hints, Gov. Tom Wolf will finally lay out his 2020 budget on Tuesday in front of a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the middle of a busy news week. This year, it’s the same day as the State of the Union address, the day after the Iowa Caucus, […]