Questions of technology

The US, the EU and the UK see efforts to regulate the digital giants’ use of our data and address concerns over the ethics of AI, while a herd of tech unicorns heads to the markets. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis.

After fake news scandals, suicides and the Christchurch massacre, internet groups face a profound change in mood

In an era of data harvesting big web platforms are the new Saudi Aramco or ExxonMobil

Lyft, Uber and Airbnb impress in almost every respect — but they do not make money

Tech companies are searching for fixes to problems they do not fully understand

Laws on ‘truth’ can offer autocrats a route to online censorship

Start-ups rightly fear rules aimed at making tech giants take responsibility for harmful content

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