MUMININAN/ISTOCK Although researchers often have valid reasons to take text they have already published and reuse it in new papers, peers often frown on such recycling as “self-plagiarism.” But when Cary Moskovitz of Duke University, who studies the teaching of writing, went looking for guidance on self-plagiarism for his students, […]

Kathy Willens/AP Five antitrust laws proposed in the United States aim to aggressively rein in the market power of “big tech” companies and change the way they do business. The set of bills, introduced on June 11, targets the enormous economic power wielded by the likes of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and […]

Henry Perks / Unsplash The Federal Court has found Google misled some users about personal location data collected through Android devices for two years, from January 2017 to December 2018. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) says this decision is a “world first” in relation to Google’s location privacy settings. The […]

Lukas Coch/AAP The long-awaited mandatory code that will force Google and Facebook to pay Australian media companies for news content was finally unveiled yesterday. The Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2020 (news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code) will be introduced to parliament today, before being referred to a Senate […]

GETTY IMAGES Scientists have expressed support for a leading artificial-intelligence ethics researcher who says Google fired her. An open letter demanding transparency has now been signed by more than4,500 people, including DeepMind researchers and UK academics. Google denies Timnit Gebru’s account of events that led to her leaving the company. She […]

In 2019, US President Donald Trump declared “space is the new war-fighting domain”. This followed the creation of the US Space Force and a commitment to “American dominance” in outer space. Other space-faring nations, and those who fear the acceleration of an arms race in space, were greatly concerned. At the latest meeting of the United […]

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Googlefor unlawful monopolisation. The department says Google’s conduct harms competition and consumers, and reduces the ability of new innovative companies to develop and compete. It’s the most important monopolisation case in the US since 1998, when the DoJ brought proceedings […]