How the cookie crumbles

by Rashmee

Posted on March 12, 2021


/ LANGUAGE Google recently declared that it will “not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse the web” once third-party cookies are phased out. What does that really mean, in plain language? I found Vox’s explanation most interesting. Click here to read the whole thing. Some of the highlights in the piece are … Continue reading “How the cookie crumbles”

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It’s not clear Europe can really take on ‘Gafa’ and ‘Bat’

by Rashmee

Posted on August 29, 2019


  Brussels is finally trying to become something more than a lifestyle and values superpower. According to the Financial Times, the European Union is considering plans to launch a €100bn sovereign wealth fund to finance European industrial champions. The idea is that they compete with the four US tech giants known as the “Gafa” (Google, … Continue reading “It’s not clear Europe can really take on ‘Gafa’ and ‘Bat’”

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Was 2017 the year we didn’t Google the obvious? Like how to become a racist?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 4, 2018


Google tells us that the world’s quest for information (as manifest in its search questions) were basic and profound. How does one become a firefighter? Run for office? Be a good parent? And on and on and on. I tell you what’s pretty striking about that list of questions. No one seems to have asked … Continue reading “Was 2017 the year we didn’t Google the obvious? Like how to become a racist?”

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Did you know Iran has the very best brains on artificial intelligence? Google it

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2017


On November 1, Google basically questioned the intelligence of anyone who wants to ban artificial intelligence experts from Iran and elsewhere from entering the United States. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, was the keynote speaker at a day-long Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit organised by the Center … Continue reading “Did you know Iran has the very best brains on artificial intelligence? Google it”

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In the battle against fake news, we can learn from the war on drugs

by Rashmee

Posted on October 18, 2017 / The National


There are reports that Google, Facebook and Twitter are working overtime to stamp out the scourge of  fake news . Unfortunately, these reports may turn out to be as flawed as the content they are supposedly trying to banish. This is not to cast doubt on the sincerity of the tech giants’ intentions. But can they realistically … Continue reading “In the battle against fake news, we can learn from the war on drugs”

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Not rotten to the core: Apple Inc and the Double Irish

by Rashmee

Posted on May 22, 2013


As the European Union (EU) discusses tax evasion today (evasion is illegal, avoidance is not), it may be worth noting that some of the best-known tax avoidance schemes in the world are named after EU member countries – the Double Irish and the Dutch Sandwich. This is something that Apple – the world’s favourite info-tech … Continue reading “Not rotten to the core: Apple Inc and the Double Irish”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK