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Colleagues back Google expert ‘fired over email’

Google employees have rallied behind an Ethiopian-born AI expert who they allege was subjected to “racism, gaslighting, censorship” and “a retaliatory firing” by management. Ms Timnit was one of the authors of a 2018 paper which concluded that AI facial recognition has difficulty identifying dark-skinned women – because the original datasets are mostly based on white men.

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Ex-French president Giscard d’Estaing dies of Covid at 94

Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a leading advocate of European integration who led his country into a new modern era, has died of Covid-19, his family said. He was 94. Giscard, who had been in hospital several times in recent months for heart problems, died late Wednesday “surrounded by his family” at the family home in the Loire region.