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Paddy Cosgrave liked big tech’s impact on society to the societal change brought by the invention of cars.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Paddy Cosgrave, the founder of Web Summit, which kicks off in Lisbon in 10 days, has suggested that a State “censoring agency” for social media could (...)

He Xiangdong, China’s ambassador to Ireland, and Irish Times journalist Colm Keena at the ambassador’s residence in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“Personally,” says the Chinese ambassador to Ireland, He Xiangdong, “I do not accept the word ‘camps’, because it will remind people of the camps at t(...)

Amazon said it only used ‘an extremely small sample’ of Alexa voice recordings to improve the customer experience. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images

How much do you trust big tech companies? If the answer is “very little”, there are few who could argue with that assessment. There’s an old saying t(...)

 US resident Donald Trump: accused of using ‘vindictive language’. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s smearing of a whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment storm could discourage the disclosure of serious wrongdoing in future, top (...)

 Permanent Record is the new book written by former Central Intelligence Agency employee and National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Photograph Tannen Maury/EPA

The US filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who in 2013 leaked secret documents about US telephone and internet su(...)

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro: “A scoundrel, to avoid a problem like this, he marries another scoundrel and adopts children in Brazil.” Photograph: Evaristo Sa

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has threatened a US journalist with jail for publishing damaging leaks about the country’s historic Car Wash anti-(...)

Counsel for Facebook, the US federal government and tech industry groups warned the court that invalidating the main legal instrument used for Facebook’s EU-US data transmissions would have huge knock-on effects for European businesses and citizens.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has asked Europe’s highest court to invalidate Facebook’s main transatlantic data transmission channel, c(...)

Max Schrems, Austrian  privacy activist. Photograph: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Six years after Max Schrems launched his privacy battle against Facebook, the Austrian campaigner returns this morning to Europe’s highest court for a(...)

Is this the NSA whose mass snooping was exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden? Photograph: Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images

It is not every day that I hear from a huge American surveillance outfit like the National Security Agency, the one whose mass snooping was exposed by(...)

An exhibit on the assassination of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. Photograph: Justin T Gellerson/New York Times

A few blocks south of the National Mall in Washington, DC, a sparkling new building has become the latest addition to the city’s museum scene. The In(...)

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