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Do not ban TikTok. Put it on And then apply the same restrictions to American Internet powers.
That is, New York Times technology columnist Kevin Rose, wrote in his latest column about TikTok, an app owned by an Internet giant based in Beijing. Some US officials worry that the app could spy on China’s government or spread propaganda.
I also talked with Kevin about his proposed fix to Tiktok – and American Internet companies, about being much more open and less data-hogging, and how to sniff legitimate concerns about video apps from less legitimate people.
Shira: Let’s start with TikTok. What are the appropriate concerns about this?
Kevin: Because TikTok is owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance, it may be obliged to give the data that the Chinese government collects on people who watch the video and follow its censorship laws.
And let’s be real, Tiktok has done things in the past that contribute to a sense of skepticism – temporarily removing a viral video that criticized, for example, the Chinese government’s treatment of Uygar Muslims.
Well, if Tiktok is potentially dangerous because it is sugar, then there is no solution to ban it or Sell it to non-chinese ownersThe
An American-owned Tiktok can still legally sell user data to a third-party data broker, who could then sell it to the Chinese government.
You really need a federal privacy law that applies to all Internet platforms operating in the United States, whether they are Chinese or American. If a major concern is data security, this is a useful moment for TickTock and other companies to implement more regulations on how they are collecting and using information about us.
Tikotok also plays an important role in American technology. It is Facebook’s only real competitor, and it’s a shame to lose the creative culture on the app.
Yes to More data regulation! what else?
Another thing that makes Tiktok powerful – and potentially dangerous – is that the video we are served is based on opaque algorithms that we cannot see or observe. The US government may demand greater transparency as a condition of allowing Tiktok to continue operating.
Ideally, this should also apply to Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. These algorithms shape our culture, politics, and personal beliefs, and we basically know how they work.
Why does the United States not already have national laws about algorithm transparency and data privacy?
Great question! Many of our elected officials are – how to put it politely – undereducated About technology. Tech companies have also lobbied against these issues when they have arisen.
Why all this talk about Tickcock now? Did change
Ok, we have been receiving technology hardware from China for years with few complaints from regulators. I think that’s what the Trump administration wants to look tough in China.
Is TikTok not useful for American Internet powers? On an anti congress the hearing This week, I bet Facebook will refer to Ticketcock Evidence of healthy competition. And Facebook can say, Look there – Horror!
Yes, this is a great foil. And Facebook’s new TikTok contestant is about to launch Instagram reels, which makes it all the more interesting.
Tip of the week
Stupid gadget i wish to own
Brian x. Chain, A personal technology writer for The Times, wants all of us to consider alternatives to cloud computing services like iCloud and Dropbox.
Let me tell you why the odd-sounding NAS is worth considering
It stands for network-attached storage – your home essentially has terrible jargon for a mini computer data center. Setting up one is not easy, but it gives us a more private, possibly less expensive way to save and access your digital files, photos and videos from anywhere.
A NAS is a device that contains one or more hard drives that you plug into your home Internet service. It builds something like a personal cloud service – similar to Google Drive or Dropbox, but you don’t have to pay membership fees to those companies. And because all the data is stored on your own device, no company can see the information you have saved.
I have a Technology NAS with a pair of one-terabyte hard drives that I use instead of Apple’s iCloud to backup the data on my Mac. When my smartphone and tablet start running out of storage space, I take large video files and photos to NAS and delete the files from my device.
If I have lost you so far, I get it. NAS servers are designed for people with above-average levels of technical proficiency. And they are not cheap to install. A decent NAS server, including a hard drive, will cost upwards of $ 500.
But it is worth considering whether it is your interest and time to study. Read TechRadar’s guide on choosing NAS then check out the tutorial from Synology on using NAS to back up your Windows or Mac computer. For example, you can also research other things you might want to do with a personal cloud, such as movie streaming or creating a virtual private network to protect your information while using the hotel’s unsecured Wi-Fi connection.
Installing a NAS can be difficult and frustrating, but the potential payoff is huge.
Before we leave …
It is difficult to be above the ground in the nation’s capital: Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos wanted to make a splash in Washington as a politician dealing with big policy topics such as climate change, and as the steward of The Washington Post. But Bezos has been dragged into muted political realities, including testifying this weekend at a congressional hearing examining the power of big tech companies, my colleagues David McCabe and Karen Weise. (In Tuesday’s newspaper, I’ll chat with Karen about Bezos.)
The information war Facebook is undergoing fact-checking: My colleague Anton Troyanovsky digs into a small group Facebook has hired to slow down Russian propaganda and other online misinformation in Ukraine. Critics point out that the fact checkers’ actions turn into political activism, showing that unbiased fact checkers can be tough in a country at war.
Creative uses of TikTok Carrie: The Los Angeles Times writes about middle-aged Latino dads who play Tiktok videos on how to play with their children that sometimes explode the cultural stereotypes of the hypermasculin Latino father.
This 20-year-old college student created a stunning TicTalk video that shows him using special effects to transform into a superhero he created himself. And he is getting attention for it from Hollywood.
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