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Adam Smith

Tech correspondent

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Adam Smith is the technology correspondent for the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in London covering the intersection of technology and power. Before joining the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2022, Adam was a technology reporter for The Independent.

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From social media videos and photos to commercial data, activists, researchers and journalists are increasingly turning to open-source intelligence to document conflict and gather evidence of possible war crimes.

The OSINT sector has boomed in recent years with the development of tools aiding data analysis, and is now crowded by online sleuths - who often work together as they try to verify information

January 26, 2024

Will AI and job automation fundamentally change work as we know it? That is one question Italian-Swedish filmmaker Erik Gandini raises in his latest film, 'After Work'.

His film showcases a mosaic of work experiences - from a gardener cutting a labyrinth in Italy to a bored government office worker in Kuwait - and ponders how they might be upended by philosophy, politics, and technology.

January 24, 2024

A police probe into a sex assault carried out in the metaverse has raised questions about the impact of virtual crimes on real people and how to safeguard cyberspace.

January 24, 2024

As artificial intelligence advances at breakneck pace, the world's biggest tech companies face growing pressure to address the environmental and climate impacts of AI - which requires large amounts of electricity and water to run.

Tech giants such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft have pledged to tackle the climate crisis, yet green experts say the sector is not doing enough to mitigate the rising consumption of resources.

January 02, 2024

From job automation to how we consume news, artificial intelligence has upended our daily lives in 2023.

New companies have risen to prominence, businesses have rolled out AI features in popular consumer products, and lawmakers across the world have attempted to regulate such tools.

November 22, 2023

Right-wing libertarian Javier Milei won Argentina's landmark election on Sunday as he tapped into voter anger with the political mainstream - including rival Sergio Massa's dominant Peronist party, with both sides turning to AI during the fractious election campaign.

In the final weeks of campaigning, Milei published a fabricated image depicting Massa as an old-fashioned communist in military garb, while Massa's team distributed AI-generated images portraying Milei and his team as enraged zombies and pirates.

November 17, 2023

Web Summit Lisbon, one of the world's largest technology conferences, began mired in controversy.

Summit CEO and founder Paddy Cosgrave resigned last month after comments he made on the Israel-Hamas conflict prompted major technology companies and investors to withdraw plans to attend.

November 16, 2023

Something was wrong with the video of the Iron Beam, Israel's latest laser air defence system, but many among the millions who watched it and shared it on social media did not realise.

The film appeared to show dozens of Hamas rockets darting up into the night sky, followed by the mid-air flash of explosions as Israel's new, but not-yet deployed, laser weapon struck them down.

November 15, 2023

From job displacement to regulation, artificial intelligence (AI) is the main focus of Web Summit in Lisbon, one of the world's largest tech conferences, dominating the conversation on and off the stage.

Academics, policymakers, entrepreneurs and other experts from around the world debated how it is impacting the labour market and creators, and how governments can best regulate the technology.

November 14, 2023

Nepal on Monday said it would ban the popular social media app TikTok with immediate effect, as it was disrupting "social harmony" and goodwill in the country.

More than 1,600 TikTok-related cyber crime cases have been registered in the last four years in the Himalayan nation, according to local media reports, even as opposition members criticised the ban for lacking "effectiveness, maturity and responsibility".