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Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit (centre right) at the  official opening ceremony of the 2019 Web Summit  in Lisbon. Photograph: EPA/MIGUEL A. LOPES

There is a madness to Web Summit that is difficult to convey to the uninitiated. It’s like a cacophonous 19th century carnival, but in 21st century cl(...)

 Microsoft president Brad Smith speaks of the promise and danger of the digital age at Web Summit in Lisbon, Photograph: Antonio Cotrim/EPA

Ireland was taken to task in front of an audience of more than 10,000 people at Web Summit on Wednesday morning by Microsoft president Brad Smith, who(...)

Rick Osterloh, senior vice-president of devices and services at Google, discusses the new Google Pixel Buds ear pods during a Google launch event  in New York City. Photograph: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In the news last week: Google smart devices chief Rick Osterloh says he would disclose smart speakers before guests enter his home. Speaking to the BB(...)

The tech conference scene is back in fully swing with several happening shortly, including SaaStock, Start-up Week Dublin, ConverCon and Web Summit. (...)

It’s Oliver now: A sign on the window of a London outlet informs passersby that Jamie’s Italian has gone into administration. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Image of the week: Jamie’s administration Casual dining chains have had a noticeably prolific hold over the restaurant sector in the UK over the past(...)

An image provided by Amazon shows on the company’s website how its Rekognition software works with chief executive Jeff Bezos. Facial recognition software is coming under increasing scrutiny from civil liberties groups and lawmakers.

Facial recognition software is coming under increasing scrutiny from civil liberties groups and lawmakers. Now Amazon, one of the most visible purveyo(...)

A factory worker using HoloLens2. Microsoft Workers 4 Good say that intent to harm is an unacceptable use of HoloLens technology

With the arrival of HoloLens 2, some Microsoft employees have raised concerns about how these mixed-reality headsets will be put to use, specifically (...)

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella has defended the controversial contracts. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Last week a group of unhappy Microsoft employees sent an open letter to the company’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, and its president and chief lega(...)

Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wylie speaks on the centre stage of the annual Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Tech companies are colonising society and Facebook in particular is our generation’s East India Company, one of the world’s best known whistleblowers (...)

Tim Berners-Lee called on governments, companies and individuals to back a new “Contract for the Web” that would have “clear and tough responsibilities for those who have the power to make it better.”

Online users are seeing their rights and freedoms threatened by big tech, according to the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee. With half (...)

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