Internet Use/New Technologies

05 April 2020

In the Middle of COVID-19: Can We All Agree Now That Internet Access is a Necessity? Center for Democracy and Technology

As government leaders, policymakers, and technology companies continue to navigate the global coronavirus pandemic, CDT is actively monitoring the latest responses and working to ensure they are grounded in civil rights and liberties. Our policy teams aim to help leaders craft solutions that balance the unique needs of the moment, while still respecting and upholding individual human rights.

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01 April 2020

Asia home to half of the world's internet users Future Five

Asia accounts for almost half of all internet users in the world, and more people are turning to the internet as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to force many countries into lockdown.

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Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens Won. New York Times

We’ve tried all sorts of things to stop us from staring at our devices. Digital detoxes. Abstinence. Now? Bring on the Zoom cocktail hour.

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27 March 2020

Surging Traffic Is Slowing Down Our Internet New York Times

With people going online more in the pandemic, internet traffic has exploded. That’s taking a toll on our download speeds and video quality.

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26 March 2020

The Dos and Don'ts of Online Video Meetings New York Times

From setting a clear agenda to testing your tech setup, here’s how to make video calls more tolerable for you and your colleagues.

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Facebook Is 'Just Trying to Keep the Lights On' as Traffic Soars in Pandemic New York Times

The social network is straining to deal with skyrocketing usage as its 45,000 employees work from home for the first time.

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18 March 2020

So We're Working From Home. Can the Internet Handle It? New York Times

With millions of people working and learning from home during the pandemic, internet networks are set to be strained to the hilt.

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The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online New York Times

We’ve always hoped that our digital tools would create connections, not conflict. We have a chance to make it happen.

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14 March 2020

IBM wants to make computers fluent in human CNN

IBM is commercializing a new technology that makes it easier for computers to understand human communication.

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12 March 2020

Facebook, Instagram overuse linked to loneliness, contributing to global epidemic ABC News

While social media has given us easy access to connect online with anyone in the world instantly, replacing face-to-face contact with virtual relationships could be making us more lonely.

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02 March 2020

How health officials and social media are teaming up to fight the coronavirus 'infodemic' CNN

As health officials in a growing number of countries fight to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, they're also working to stem a secondary issue that the World Health Organization is calling an "infodemic."

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27 February 2020

Big Tech's honeymoon with the world's second-largest internet market is ending CNN

In the 2010s, India's internet exploded. More than half a billion Indians came online in the 10 years to September 2019, according to the latest government data, and the country now has twice as many internet users as the entire population of the United States.

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13 February 2020

WhatsApp Hits 2 Billion Users, Defends Encryption Features Bloomberg

WhatsApp now has 2 billion users -- 500 million more than it just two years ago.

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10 February 2020

Thwarting Sanctions and Fueling Theft New York Times

The North has evaded America’s “maximum pressure” campaign with a 300 percent increase in internet use that has opened up new opportunities for cybercrime.

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06 February 2020

Half of UK 10-year-olds own a smartphone BBC

Fifty per cent of the UK's 10-year-olds owned a smartphone in 2019, according to a report by media regulator Ofcom.

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07 January 2020

Bitcoin's threat to the global financial system is probably at an end The Conversation

2020 could well be the year that the cryptocurrency dream dies. This is not to say that cryptocurrencies will die altogether – far from it. But to all the financial romantics who have cheered the rise of bitcoin and other digital currencies over the past decade, there is a reckoning coming. Like it or not, the vision of a world in which these currencies liberate money from the clutches of central banks and other corporate giants is fading rapidly.

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19 December 2019

Twitter and Facebook Want to Shift Power to Users. Or Do They? New York Times

A decentralized internet was hailed as a way to dethrone Twitter and Facebook. But to the tech giants, the idea could unload some of their burdens.

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14 December 2019

Should surfing the web count as a human right? The view from South Africa. Christian Science Monitor

Should internet access be seen as a human right? To answer that question, activist Onica Makwakwa likes to begin with a story.

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09 December 2019

Fake 'Likes' Remain Just a Few Dollars Away, Researchers Say New York Times

Despite Big Tech’s attempts to combat manipulation, companies that sell clicks, likes and followers on social media are easy to find.

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27 November 2019

Pointless emails: they're not just irritating - they have a massive carbon footprint The Guardian

More than 64m unnecessary emails are sent in Britain every day. Along with clogging up our inboxes they are also damaging the environment

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24 November 2019

Opinion: Blocking the Disabled on the Web Means Blocking Innovation Wired

Without the inspiration and innovation of two disabled individuals, the digital world likely wouldn’t be what it is today. Yet that same world so summarily excludes disabled individuals today that we’re eliminating the very people we will need to solve the web’s future problems.

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22 November 2019

White nationalists are openly operating on Facebook. The company won't act The Guardian

Guardian analysis finds VDare and Red Ice TV among several outlets that are still on the platform despite Facebook’s promised ban

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21 November 2019

When Things Go Wrong for Blind Users on Facebook, They Go Really Wrong Slate

Last December, Tasha Chemel agreed to participate in a Facebook study. A professional academic coach at a college, Chemel had been blogging about Facebook’s problems with accessibility for blind people like her and complained directly to the company. She was used to not hearing back. But this time a Facebook envoy had humbly reached out, admitting “that Facebook is not as accessible as it should be, and the frustration with accessibility gaps you and others share with us is understandable.”

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20 November 2019

The Richard Dimbleby Lecture: Sir Tim Berners-Lee: The World Wide Web - A Mid-Course Correction BBC

Jonathan Dimbleby introduces this year's lecture from London's Design Museum, with engineer and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee talking about his aspirations for the future of the world wide web, which he invented in 1989.

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17 November 2019

Firefox's fight for the future of the web The Observer

Why do you choose the browser you use? Maybe you think it loads pages more quickly. Maybe it’s made by the same firm as your device and you think it’s more compatible in some way. You prefer the graphics, perhaps, or it just happened to be pre-installed on your machine. Maybe you’re not even aware that there’s a choice.

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