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South Africa to back Morocco 2026 World Cup bid ahead of June vote

Danny Jordaan has pledged his support for Morocco’s bid. South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco “unqualified support” in its drive to host the 2026 World Cup in a contest against a combined North American bid. On Monday, the South African federation said Jordaan had assured a visiting Morocco bid delegation that he would “personally lobby” African officials ahead of the scheduled vote in Moscow on June 13. Up to 207 FIFA member federations will vote at their congress on the eve of the World Cup in Russia. Morocco is up against a United States-Canada-Mexico bid to stage the continent’s second World Cup. South Africa hosted the tournament in 2010, beating Morocco and Egypt in a vote. That South African bid is being ...

UK report urges action to combat AI bias

The need for diverse development teams and truly representational data-sets to avoid biases being baked into AI algorithms is one of the core recommendations in a lengthy Lords committee report looking into the economic, ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence, and published today by the upper House of the UK parliament. “The main ways to address these kinds of biases are to ensure that developers are drawn from diverse gender, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, and are aware of, and adhere to, ethical codes of conduct,” the committee writes, chiming with plenty of extant commentary around algorithmic accountability. “It is essential that ethics take centre stage in AI’s development and use,” adds committee chairman, Lord Clement-Jones, in a statement. “The UK has a ...

Is America’s national security Facebook and Google’s problem?

Jamie Metzl Contributor Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security at the Atlantic Council. More posts by this contributor Homo Sapiens 2.0? We need a species-wide conversation about the future of human genetic enhancement Eleonore Pauwels Contributor Eleonore Pauwels is Director of the Anticipatory Intelligence Lab at the Wilson Center, an international science policy expert specializing in the governance and democratization of converging technologies, and a former official of the European Commission’s Directorate on Science, Economy and Society. Outrage that Facebook made the private data of over 87 million of its U.S. users available to the Trump campaign has stoked fears of big US-based technology companies are tracking our every move and misusing our personal ...

What did VCs study in college?

Although some colleges may offer a major program in business or entrepreneurship, there isn’t exactly a major in venture capital or angel investment. Crunchbase News has already examined where professional VCs and angel investors went to college (yes, there’s some truth to the Harvard and Stanford stereotypes) and when having an MBA matters in the world of entrepreneurial finance. But we haven’t yet looked at one facet of startup investors’ educational backgrounds: what they studied in college. So that’s what we’re going to dive into today. To accomplish this, we’re going to use the educational histories from nearly 5,000 VC American and Canadian investment partners (e.g. folks who are employed by and invest on behalf of a venture capital firm) and nearly 8,500 angel investors in Crunchbas...

Italy announce friendly vs. United States in November

Dom Dwyer joins Taylor Twellman in the Heineken Boot Room to talk about becoming a U.S. citizen and the possibility of playing in a World Cup in his 30s. The United States will face Italy in a friendly in November in a matchup of teams that surprisingly failed to qualify for the World Cup. The Italian football federation announced on Friday the game has been set for Nov. 20, with the site still to be determined. It is likely to be in Europe as Italy are scheduled to host Portugal in the UEFA Nations League three days earlier. U.S. Soccer does not announce friendlies before all the paperwork is completed. Italy has won eight of the 12 games the countries have played in the past, including the Olympics from 1936-52 and an unofficial match in 1975. The Americans got their only win in the last...

CONMEBOL endorses North American joint bid to host 2026 World Cup

Dom Dwyer joins Taylor Twellman in the Heineken Boot Room to talk about becoming a U.S. citizen and the possibility of playing in a World Cup in his 30s. South American confederation CONMEBOL endorsed the United Bid of the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup, giving the proposal a significant boost on Friday. The endorsements of CONMEBOL’s 10 members, combined with recently announced support from Saudi Arabia, have given the United Bid a needed dose of good news in their battle to win the hosting rights over a rival bid from Morocco. Together with a bloc of votes from Central America (UNCAF), the North American bid now has 17 of the 104 votes needed to win the hosting rights, which will be determined at a vote of the FIFA Congress on June 13 in Moscow. “...

Amazon isn’t to blame the Postal Service’s woes, but it will need to innovate to survive

At the heart of our current President’s criticism is a claim that Amazon is making a mint and leaving a *failing* U.S. Postal Service holding the bag. It’s not a new critique from the Twitterer-in-Chief, but it is one that’s worth unpacking given the crippling effect technologies have had on the USPS — where email is even more reliable than a carrier undeterred by “snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night.“ Is it failing? “Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer?” This infantile question was posed by President Trump on Twitter in December 2017. While it’s not clear what exactly prompted Trump’s criticism,  the tweet...

Patterns, Predictability, and the Rise of Donald Trump 

Tom Goodwin Contributor More posts by this contributor Andrew Yang is running for President to save America from the robots The battle for consumers gets physical (instead of virtual) Adriana Stan Contributor Adriana Stan is the public relations director of W magazine and a writer on media, culture and technology. She is also the co-founder of the Interesting People in Interesting Times event series and podcast. More posts by this contributor Andrew Yang is running for President to save America from the robots The future is the trust economy Think you’ve heard that song before? Were there more Jennifer’s or Jessica’s in your class at school? And what does this have to do with the rise of Donald Trump? In the latest episode of the Interesting People in Interesting Times podcast, Derek Thomp...

How Facebook Can Better Fight Fake News: Make Money Off the People Who Promote It

Amber Case Contributor More posts by this contributor Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late Facebook and other platforms are still struggling to combat the spread of misleading or deceptive “news” items promoted on social networks. Recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica and Facebook’s slow corporate response have drawn attention away from this ongoing, equally serious problem: spend enough time on Facebook, and you are still sure to see dubious, sponsored headlines scrolling across your screen, especially during major news days when influence networks from inside and outside the United States rally to amplify their reach. And Facebook’s earlier announced plan to combat this crisis through simple user surveys does not inspire confidence. As is often the case, the underlying...

Another chapter on Facebook’s privacy woes is being written in Latin America

Felicitas Carrique Contributor Felicitas Carrique is an Argentinian reporter focused on media, technology, and innovation. The abuse of Facebook’s platform for political purposes is a problem that doesn’t stop at the U.S border. Governments around the world are continuing to wrestle with the implications of Cambridge Analytica’s acquisition of Facebook user data from the heart of Europe to the capitals of Latin America’s most populous nations.  In South America, several chapters are still being written into the public record of Facebook’s privacy privations. Some Latin American democracies are also beginning to investigate whether the data harvesting techniques associated with Cambridge Analytica (CA) were used in their electoral processes. Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and South America: ...

Baidu’s streaming video service iQiyi falls 13.6% in Nasdaq debut

The streaming video service iQiyi, a business owned by China’s online search giant Baidu, dropped 13.6% in its first day of trading on the Nasdaq — closing at $15.55, or down $2.45 from its opening price of $18. The company still managed to pull off one of the largest public offerings by a Chinese tech company in the past two years raising $2.25 billion — the only Chinese technology company to make a larger splash in U.S. markets is Alibaba — the commercial technology juggernaut which raised $21.5 billion in its public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. “It’s a special day and an exciting day for iQiyi, and I will say it’s also an exciting day for the Chinese internet,” said Baidu chief executive Robin Li of the iQiyi public offering.”Eight years ago, when we got started, we ...

FIFA: Gianni Infantino won’t meddle in 2026 World Cup bidding contest

FIFA president Gianni Infantino outlines the tasks facing newly-elected president of U.S. soccer Carlos Cordeiro. After Morocco questioned Gianni Infantino’s impartiality, FIFA maintained on Wednesday that its president won’t meddle in the 2026 World Cup bidding contest and reminded the North African nation to abide by the rules. The prospect of Infantino privately backing the North American campaign was discussed on Tuesday by Morocco bid chairman Moulay Hafid Elalamy. Bids can be blocked from the FIFA Congress vote on June 13 if they are scored lowly by a task force, which is packed with people appointed to jobs by Infantino. Up to 207 of the 211 member federations will vote, with the four bidding members excluded. “As a reminder, the FIFA president will not take part i...