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With Tonya Riley A man wearing gloves to use his cell phone sits alone on a row of seats on the subway, amid fears of the global growth of coronavirus cases, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. (REUTERS/Jillian Kitchener) Ctrl + N The U.S. government should not harness Americans’ location data in an attempt to limit the spread …

At a time when many tech companies are pouring money into facial-recognition research, Microsoft is selling off its investments into the technology. The company has announced it is divesting its shares in AnyVision, an Israeli facial-recognition company alleged to be contributing to mass surveillance in the West Bank. A recent audit found that AnyVision’s technology …

Naomi and her husband Doug Hassebroek enjoy a happy hour from their home on March 20 using Zoom to connect digitally at the end of their first Friday working from home in Brooklyn. (Caitlin Ochs/Reuters) Ctrl + N Most of The Washington Post staff has been working from home and practicing social distancing for more …

OAKLAND, Calif. — While the rest of the economy is tanking from the crippling impact of the coronavirus, business at the biggest technology companies is holding steady — even thriving. Amazon said it was hiring 100,000 warehouse workers to meet surging demand. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said traffic for video calling and messaging had …

The company said it would reduce the bit rate of all its video streams for 30 days. “We estimate that this will reduce Netflix traffic on European networks by around 25% while also ensuring a good quality service for our members,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. The announcement followed appeals from EU officials …

The controversial measure is raising constitutional privacy questions and criticism while the country deals with its own security during a public health crisis, and as Israel struggles to form its new government. The tracking tool was pushed through as an emergency regulation without approval or oversight from Israel’s parliament, the Knesset. It will be used …

Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who requested anonymity because the project is in its early stages. Analyzing trends in smartphone owners’ whereabouts …

Technology’s growing impact on policymaking is no secret – least of all in New York, where tech companies like Uber and Airbnb jockey for favorable regulations, and behemoths like Google and Amazon increasingly gobble up real estate.  But the field of government technology often flies under the radar. “Gov tech” – the behind-the-scenes collaboration of tech and …

The Washington Postis tapping into the minds of more than 100 leaders across tech, government and consumer advocacy with its invite-only Technology 202 Network. Members hail from companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, AT&T, Verizon, Uber, Microsoft, Cloudflare, Slack and TikTok, among others. Perspectives captured from the Technology 202 Network through regular surveys will be gathered …

Exciting news: We just launched The Technology 202 Network, an invite-only panel of more than 100 technology experts who will vote in regular surveys on the most pressing issues in the field. Their responses will be featured in the newsletter — starting today! You’ll see familiar names on our interactive masthead, including AOL co-founder Steve …