Internet Use/New Technologies

26 May 2019

Facebook plans to launch 'GlobalCoin' cryptocurrency in 2020 The Guardian

Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries.

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Twitter Co-Founder Says More Diverse Team Might've Spotted Abuse Bloomberg

Twitter co-founder Ev Williams said Wednesday that the social network might have been quicker to recognize and address the potential for abuse and harassment on its platform if the company’s leadership had been more diverse.

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Facebook: Another three billion fake profiles culled BBC News

Facebook has published its latest "enforcement report", which details how many posts and accounts it took action on between October 2018 and March 2019.

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23 May 2019

Siri and Alexa Fuel Sexism, U.N. Finds New York Times

Why do most virtual assistants that are powered by artificial intelligence — like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa system — by default have female names, female voices and often a submissive or even flirtatious style?

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22 May 2019

Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe' The Guardian

A web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.

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07 May 2019

Children's social media use has 'trivial' effect on happiness - study The Guardian

Time spent on social media has only a “trivial” impact on life satisfaction among adolescents, say researchers.

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05 May 2019

In some countries, many use the internet without realizing it Pew Research Center

What is the internet? And who is an internet user? The questions may seem straightforward, but more than a decade of research in the United States and abroad suggests that some people who use the internet may not be aware that they’re doing so. Results from recent Pew Research Center surveys in the U.S. and 11 emerging economies show that confusion about what the internet is stems from two different – but related – sources.

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03 May 2019

Britons less trusting of social media than other major nations The Guardian

Britons trust social media platforms less than any other major nation and favour stronger regulation of Silicon Valley’s technology companies, according to a survey of 23 countries.

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Facebook Bars Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan and Others From Its Services New York Times

After years of wavering about how to handle the extreme voices populating its platform, Facebook on Thursday evicted seven of its most controversial users — many of whom are conservatives — immediately inflaming the debate about the power and accountability of large technology companies.

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02 May 2019

5 Questions for 'The Father of the Internet': Vinton G. Cerf University of Virginia

The “father of the internet” is coming to the University of Virginia on Wednesday. ... We spoke with Cerf before the event to learn more about how he sees the future of the internet and what he is focused on now, decades after he helped create it.

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27 April 2019

Sizing Up U.S. Twitter Users Pew Research Center

U.S. adult Twitter users are younger and more likely to be Democrats than the general public. Most users rarely tweet, but the most prolific 10% create 80% of tweets from adult U.S. users

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24 April 2019

After the Bust, Are Bitcoins More Like Tulip Mania New York Times

When you talk to tech industry insiders about where Bitcoin is heading, two vastly different comparisons are inevitable: the tulip bulb and the internet.

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22 April 2019

Sri Lanka's social media blackout reflects sense that online dangers outweigh benefits The Guardian

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to block all social media sites in the wake of Sunday’s deadly attacks is emblematic of just how much US-based technology companies’ failure to rein in misinformation, extremism and incitement to violence has come to outweigh the claimed benefits of social media.

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21 April 2019

Cybercrime for dummies: cracking internet passwords is as easy as 123456 The Observer

Cybercriminals are using increasingly devious scams to con internet users into revealing precious online information. Yet millions of people have saved fraudsters the bother of deploying trickery and temptation by picking bizarrely simple passwords that feature on a new hotlist of online security howlers.

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08 April 2019

Does Anyone Collect Old Emails? New York Times

We used to hold on to letters, tickets and playbills to remind us of the past. But those things are rapidly disappearing.

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Poll: Americans give social media a clear thumbs-down: A sizable majority say social media does more to divide the country than unite it, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. NBC News

The American public holds negative views of social-media giants like Facebook and Twitter, with sizable majorities saying these sites do more to divide the country than unite it and spread falsehoods rather than news, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

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05 April 2019

Amazon plans to launch over 3,000 satellites to offer broadband internet Reuters Inc on Thursday confirmed its plan to build a network of over 3,000 satellites through “Project Kuiper” to provide high speed internet.

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04 April 2019

TikTok is popular, but Chinese apps still have a lot to learn about global markets The Conversation

If Twitter is the revolutionary version of blogging, TikTok might be the revolutionary version of YouTube. Both Twitter and TikTok encourage their users to post shorter, more fragmented content than their precursors.

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30 March 2019

The Growing Threat of Online-Bred Right-Wing Extremism Der Spiegel

The gunman who killed 50 people in Christchurch, New Zealand is being celebrated by right-wing extremists around the world, including in Germany. It is a sign of how the internet has forged a new kind of terrorist threat, and an increasingly emboldened network of radicals.

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Cuba, Google move to improve island's connectivity Associated Press

Cuba and Google signed a deal Thursday moving the island one step closer to having a state-of-the-art connection to the modern internet.

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28 March 2019

Protecting Your Internet Accounts Keeps Getting Easier. Here's How to Do It. New York Times

When Facebook revealed last week that it had stored millions of people’s account passwords in an insecure format, it underlined the importance of a security setting that many of us neglect to use: two-factor authentication.

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24 March 2019

As the Web Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary, What Should Its Future Be? The IEEE's Institute

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the most influential technology of our time. Its evolution and impact have been phenomenal, and its growth continues unabated. Within a mere 30 years, the Web has irrevocably revolutionized the world and our lives, ushering in the Information Age. It has become indispensable, and it has impacted almost every aspect of our activities and almost all industries. But no one anticipated it.

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Devin Nunes sued an obscure Twitter account. Now 'Devin Nunes' Cow' has more followers than the congressman. Washington Post

A fake cow that is the target of a lawsuit by a congressman is having its moment. The Twitter account “Devin Nunes’ cow,” which professes to be “hanging out on the dairy in Iowa looking for the lil’ treasonous cowpoke,” has more than 550,000 followers as of Thursday morning, a dramatic increase from the 1,000 or so before Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the cow account (@DevinCow), Twitter, and two other users of defamation.

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22 March 2019

Facebook says it left 'hundreds of millions' of users' passwords stored in plain text Washington Post

Facebook on Thursday said that it had left “hundreds of millions” of users’ passwords exposed in plain text, potentially visible to the company’s employees, marking another major privacy and security headache for a tech giant already under fire for mishandling people’s personal information.

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20 March 2019

Fewer than 200 people watched the New Zealand massacre live. A hateful group helped it reach millions Washington Post

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after a user first reported it as troubling, 29 minutes after the stream began.

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