Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan

Lucas Nolan is an Irish conservative journalist, regularly writing on topics such as freedom of speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan_

Seattle Residents Can Cast Vote Via Smartphone in Local Election

Voters in the King Conservation District, which includes 1.2 million people in the Greater Seattle area, will soon be able to vote via smartphone in a first for U.S. elections. One professor specializing in election technology called the entire concept of voting via smartphone “a very stupid idea.”

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 04: Visitors try out the Honor 7 smartphone at the Huawei stand at the 2015 IFA consumer electronics and appliances trade fair on September 4, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. The 2015 IFA will be open to the public from September 4-9. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

President Trump on Elon Musk: ‘One of Our Great Geniuses’

In an interview with CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Donald Trump praised Tesla CEO Elon Musk stating that he is “one of our very smart people, and we want to cherish those people.”

Elon Musk grins

Schools Are Treating Students for Separation Anxiety from Their Phones

According to a recent report, K-12 schools around the country are having to treat students for separation anxiety after implementing policies that require students to hand over their smartphones. One school’s solution was to buy locking pouches for smartphones, which

schoolkids using smartphones

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Global Tax System Needs to Be Overhauled

Tim Cook, the CEO of tech giant Apple, has stated that a global overhaul of tax regulations is needed. Cook supports a current initiative by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development to pursue global reforms on where multinational firms should be taxed.

The Associated Press

NYT: Facial Recognition Startup Threatens ‘Privacy as We Know It’

The New York Times published an investigation recently into a little-known startup that helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images using facial recognition, and the privacy issues that are raised by the company and its massive database of photos.

Biometrics / Facial Recognition technology / Big Brother

Amazon Promises 1 Million New Jobs in India by 2025

E-commerce giant Amazon has attempted to address the Indian government’s issues with the company’s plans to set up shop in the country by promising to create 1 million new jobs in India by 2025.

Jeff Bezos India speech

Feds Will Review Tesla ‘Sudden Unintended Acceleration’ Complaints

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced plans to review a petition requesting that the administration investigate 500,000 Tesla vehicles over reports of sudden unintended acceleration, in which vehicles suddenly accelerate without human control — complainants often report their foot wasn’t even on the gas pedal when incidents occur.

Elon Musk back on Twitter after break

Bose Will Close All Retail Stores in America

Audio giant Bose is reportedly closing all of its retail stores in America and Canada, along with Europe, Japan, and Australia in a move towards an entirely digital sales plan. The company will keep about half of its global locations open, concentrating on China, India, and several other asian markets.

Bose store in a mall

Report: Massive Porn Site Breach Exposes Personal Information of Cam Models

A recent report from the cybersecurity team at vpnMentor has revealed that a porn site has suffered a massive data breach, exposing the personal data of 4,000 adult cam models — including scans of passports and driver’s licenses, and model releases disclosing addresses, phone numbers, and other private information.

panties on a webcam

Lyft Forms ‘Safety Advisory Council’ in Response to Sexual Assault of Passengers

Ride-sharing company Lyft is reportedly putting together a council of experts to advise the company on various safety initiatives for passengers. The “Safety Advisory Council” is being formed in response to many problems between drivers and passengers, including the rape and sexual assault of women — 14 rape victims have sued Lyft claiming their drivers sexually assaulted them.

Early this year, Lyft expanded to a hundred more US cities, bringing the total to about 300

Apple: We’ve Given Pensacola Terror Investigators All Data We Can Access

Tech giant Apple has denied claims that it has not provided assistance to federal investigators looking into the terror attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida, last month. Attorney General William Barr has called on Apple to help unlock the terrorist’s two iPhones.

The Associated Press

Facebook Bug Undermines Greta Thunberg’s Dad Claiming She’s Not Scripted

A recent bad code update on Facebook allowed anyone to see which accounts posted Facebook Pages, including those of celebrities and politicians. Among the pages exposed by the bug was teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, whose posts are often authored by her father Svante Thunberg or Adarsh Prathap, an Indian climate change activist. 

greta-and-svante-thunberg

Mark Hamill Deletes Facebook Account over Refusal to Censor Political Ads

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill has deleted his Facebook account over the social media site’s refusal to fact check political ads on its platform. According to Hamill, Mark Zuckerberg “values profit more than truthfulness” as demonstrated by his decision not to censor political ads. Facebook says its policy is based on the “principle that people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public.”

Mark Hamill in Star Wars

Alphabet’s Legal Chief Retires Under Cloud of Abuse Allegations

Alphabet, the parent company of tech giant Google, has lost its Chief Legal Officer David Drummond, who is reportedly retiring from the company according to a recent filing. Drummond allegedly fathered a child with a subordinate and subsequently emotionally abused her, according to a blog post by the woman published in 2019.

Google Legal Chief David Drummond advises Eric Schmidt

Elon Musk’s Las Vegas Tunnel Project Has Turned Into a 1-Mile Tesla Track

Urban Design blog Curbed published an article recently which takes issue with Elon Musk’s Boring Company tunnel, which was unveiled at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show. According to the article, what was once touted as an underground transportation system has turned into a “mechanism for giving one-minute test rides in Teslas.”

Elon Musk Boring Company

Big Tech Remains Divided on Plans for Political Ads

A recent report outlines how social media services and search engines such as Facebook and Google handle political advertising on their platforms. The Masters of the Universe remain divided on how they believe political ads should be presented.

The Associated Press