It is odd, perhaps, that Jean-Dominique Senard is not already a household name among global business leaders. But that is likely to change this year. On May 17, Senard, who is 66, retires from a role he has held for seven years, as chief executive of Compagnie Générale des Établissements Michelin. In January, he was elected chair of Renault; in March, he became board chair of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi alliance, the industry leader in auto sales (and a top producer of electronic vehicles). The alliance has been in visible turmoil since its former chair and CEO, Carlos Ghosn, was arrested in Japan in November 2018, on charges related to appropriation of funds. Senard’s new role reflects his accomplishments at Michelin, including a doubling of shareholder value during his tenure. This was an especially noteworthy feat for a 130-year-old premium tire company — the world’s second-largest by revenue, after Bridgestone — in a highly … [Read more...] about Rolling toward responsible capitalism
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Governments on at least four continents are stepping up their calls to regulate Facebook, YouTube and other social media companies after years of frustration with how tech companies have managed violent content on their services. With a wave of new and proposed laws in recent weeks, the governments — not including the United States — are making a sweeping challenge to the free-wheeling speech rules of the internet that have opened up politics to new voices but also allowed the flowering of violent extremist groups. Australia this month threatened prison time for tech workers in a law it passed to fight violent imagery online. The British government has proposed a new internet regulator that could fine senior managers if they don't meet a "duty of care" to users, while Europe has moved forward with proposals for stricter regulation of both terrorist content and copyrighted material. Singapore is considering a law that would penalize tech companies that publish falsehoods, … [Read more...] about Foreign governments are fed up with social media — and threatening prison for tech employees
By Washington Post PUBLISHED: March 24, 2019 at 12:30 am | UPDATED: March 24, 2019 at 7:39 am By Drew Harwell and Craig Timberg, (c) 2019, The Washington Post As most of the world condemned last week’s mass shooting in New Zealand, a contrary story line emerged on 8chan, the online message board where the alleged shooter had announced the attack and urged others to continue the slaughter. “who should i kill?” one anonymous poster wrote. “I have never been this happy,” wrote another. “I am ready. I want to fight.” To experts in online extremism, the performance echoed another brand of terrorism – that carried out by Islamic militants who have long used the Web to mobilize followers and incite violence. Their tone, tactics and propaganda were eerily similar. The biggest difference was their ambitions: a white-supremacist uprising, instead of a Muslim caliphate. As Facebook, YouTube and other tech companies raced to contain the sounds and … [Read more...] about 8chan looks like a terrorist recruiting site after the New Zealand shooting. Should the government treat it like one?
By Niharika Mandhana WSJ Wed., Feb. 20, 2019 U.S. pressure on Huawei Technologies Co. is echoing in the Philippines, where lawmakers are pushing back against a $400 million video surveillance project that would use gear supplied by the Chinese company. The “Safe Philippines” deal—signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the country in November—calls for the installation of 12,000 closed circuit television cameras in the capital, Manila, and in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown of Davao. It is intended to help police respond faster to crimes, gather evidence and identify suspects using facial-recognition technology. Congressional opponents in the Philippines worry the project could enable spying by Beijing, and they blocked its funding with a provision inserted into the country’s annual budget passed in early February. A resolution in the Senate calls for an inquiry into the potential national security risks. … [Read more...] about Huawei’s Surveillance Business Hits Snag in Philippines
By Dustin Volz WSJ Josh Chin WSJ Wed., Jan. 23, 2019 The chairman of embattled telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co. is pushing back against claims his company conducts espionage for the Chinese government, contending that Huawei is being unfairly targeted without any proof. “If they believe there’s a backdoor, they should offer evidence to prove it,” Liang Hua told reporters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week. But the U.S. says that Huawei’s very structure, with its close ties to the Chinese government and role as a supplier of key hardware in telecommunications, makes the company a potential tool for espionage and thus a security threat, according to current and former U.S. security officials. As a Chinese company, Huawei has no choice but to comply with demands of the Chinese government and its ruling Communist Party, these people say. What’s more, Huawei’s potential to conduct … [Read more...] about U.S. Believes It Doesn’t Need to Show ‘Proof’ Huawei Is a Spy Threat