Facebook, Uber and Big Tech’s bad week

Mark Zuckerberg has been under fire over the use of Facebook data, the EU is readying new taxes for tech giants, and Uber has halted its self-driving cars after a pedestrian was killed. Here’s the best of our comment and analysis this week

From a data scandal to legal reform, Facebook, Google, Apple and Uber face threats

The social network has great power, but takes little responsibility

Blockchain and similar technologies can help to keep digital identities safe

The idea that automation improves safety by compensating for human error is false

Reining in big digital players will deprive populists of a powerful weapon

Its chief made the most of a social media titan’s flaws and a university’s research

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Consumers need incentives to assert control over what is theirs

Cambridge Analytica’s éminence grise is really just an adman bigging up his firm

The mysterious company has embroiled Facebook in a scandal over data misuse

Debate needed on benefits of autonomous vehicles if public backlash is to be avoided

US company’s response is a classic example of how to deal with calls for more regulation

Social media surveys helped to target thousands of individuals in swing states

Financially, the data scandal looks no more than a distraction

Regulatory scrutiny of Facebook is ramping up around the world

A wondrous informational resource is turning into a cyber cesspit