Internet Use/New Technologies

22 September 2019

Internet access is a basic right: Kerala High Court Deccan Chronicle

The Kerala High Court ruled on Thursday that the right to access Internet using mobile phone is a fundamental right under the Constitution. Justice P.V. Asha, in a landmark judgment, also said it was part of the right to privacy and the right to education.

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18 September 2019

Facebook Expands Definition of Terrorist Organizations to Limit Extremism New York Times

Facebook unveiled a series of changes on Tuesday to limit hate speech and extremism on its site, as scrutiny is rising on how the social network may be radicalizing people.

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16 September 2019

TikTok's Beijing roots fuel censorship suspicion as it builds a huge U.S. audience Washington Post

A search for “#hongkong” on Twitter reveals a vast visual patchwork of the city’s unavoidable protests, including pro-China agitprop, sympathetic memes and imagery from the hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy marchers who have braved police crackdowns.

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14 September 2019

Google Says a Change in Its Algorithm Will Highlight 'Original Reporting' New York Times

After weeks of reporting, a journalist breaks a story. Moments after it goes online, another media organization posts an imitative article recycling the scoop that often grabs as much web traffic as the original.

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08 September 2019

Facebook, Microsoft Challenge Industry to Detect, Prevent 'Deepfakes' ThreatPost

Facebook, Microsoft and a number of universities have joined forces to sponsor a contest promoting research and development to combat deepfakes, or videos altered through artificial intelligence (AI) to mislead viewers.

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06 September 2019

Hackers Hit Twitter C.E.O. Jack Dorsey in a 'SIM Swap.' You're at Risk, Too New York Times

When hackers took over the Twitter account of Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, last week, they used an increasingly common and hard-to-stop technique that can give them complete access to a wide array of the most sensitive digital accounts, including social media, email and financial accounts.

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There are now 1.71 billion websites, but most of them are zombies Mashable

Considering that the World Wide Web, as we old-timers used to call it, started with about 10 websites back in 1992, it's fair to say the web has seen explosive growth.

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26 August 2019

YouTube Disables 210 Channels That Spread Disinformation About Hong Kong Protests New York Times

YouTube said on Thursday that its site was used to spread disinformation about the mass protests in Hong Kong, days after Twitter and Facebook cracked down on thousands of China-backed accounts that compared the demonstrators to terrorists and accused them of being at the whim of foreign interests.

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21 August 2019

Why Are There So Many Weird Tech Patents? Slate

Companies are constantly patenting strange things they have no intention of developing. Here’s why.

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20 August 2019

Twitter and Facebook take first actions against China for using fake accounts to sow discord in Hong Kong Washington Post

Twitter and Facebook said Monday they had taken action against China for using hundreds of fake accounts to sow political discord during the Hong Kong protests, marking the first time the social media giants had identified Beijing directly for spearheading such an operation.

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15 August 2019

Facebook's crackdown on dangerous content in groups could backfire, experts say The Guardian

Facebook is changing its rules on private groups amid growing criticism that some closed communities on the platform are uniting extremists and spreading fake news.

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Tumblr once sold for $1.1 billion. The owner of WordPress just bought the site for a fraction of that. Washington Post

Tumblr, the onetime darling of social media, sold for a whopping $1.1 billion in 2013. On Monday, in perhaps the latest mark of its decline, the site was reportedly bought for just $3 million.

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08 August 2019

Evolution of the internet: Celebrating 50 years since Arpanet Network World

Arpanet carried its first message on October 29, 1969, laying the foundation for today’s networked world. Fifty years later, more than 4 billion people have internet access, and the number of devices connected to IP networks is more than double the global population. Here’s a look at some key milestones in the history of the internet and projections for its future growth.

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05 August 2019

After White Terrorism Act in El Paso, Cloudflare Terminates 8chan's Hate

It wasn’t the first time a white terrorist had committed a massacre, nor the first time the terrorist had posted their intentions on 8chan, but Cloudflare has decided they’ve had enough and announced Monday they were terminating 8chan as a customer. As a result 8chan disappeared overnight Sunday with the New York Times reports the site went dark about 03:00 Eastern time after Cloudflare’s services were withdrawn around midnight and at the time of writing was still down.

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02 August 2019

A lawmaker wants to end 'social media addiction' by killing features that enable mindless scrolling Washington Post

The youngest senator in Congress, and one of its toughest crusaders against Big Tech, proposed a bill Tuesday meant to curb social media addiction by regulating the techniques that prolong engagement on the platforms.

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30 July 2019

Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses New York Times

The airy three-story rental house on the outskirts of Havana would seem to have all the luxury attributes a cosmopolitan tourist might want: elegant appliances, high-end artwork, a rooftop plunge pool and ocean views.

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26 July 2019

Instagram Is Great for Models. It's Also Good for Predators. New York Times

The photographer Marcus Hyde was a rising star: a favorite of Kim Kardashian West, responsible for a Fendi social media campaign, with a million Instagram followers. But this week, multiple women said he had used his growing profile on social media to engage in inappropriate behavior, including soliciting nude photographs from models in exchange for shooting them.

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25 July 2019

Young people in UK abandon TV news 'almost entirely' The Guardian

Young people in Britain have almost entirely abandoned television news broadcasts, according to Ofcom, while half of the country now gets its news from social media.

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18 July 2019

Instagram hides likes count in international test 'to remove pressure' BBC News

Instagram is hiding the number of likes on posts in several countries, including Australia and Japan, in order to "remove pressure" on users.

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The Internet Is Coming to the Rest of the Animal Kingdom: A new Doolittlesque initiative aims to promote Internet communication among smart animals IEEE

People surf it. Spiders crawl it. Gophers navigate it. Now, a leading group of cognitive biologists and computer scientists want to make the tools of the Internet accessible to the rest of the animal kingdom.

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16 July 2019

How we keep Search relevant and useful by Danny Sullivan Google blog

When you come to Google Search, our goal is to connect you with useful information as quickly as possible. That information can take many forms, and over the years the search results page has evolved to include not only a list of blue links to pages across the web, but also useful features to help you find what you’re looking for even faster. Some examples include featured snippets, which highlight results that are likely to contain what you’re looking for; Knowledge Panels, which can help you find key facts about an individual or other topic in the world; and predictive features like Autocomplete that help you navigate Search more quickly.

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12 July 2019

Why search is no longer all about Google BBC News

Once upon a time, Google was the beginning and end of life online.

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11 July 2019

Here's how we can use tech to boost climate action International Telecommunication Union

Today, we are facing not one but two deep transformations. The first one, driven by the emergence of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things, 5G and others, is transforming our economies and our lives at warp speed and scale.

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10 July 2019

Trump Can't Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules New York Times

The decision may have broader implications for how the First Amendment applies to officials’ accounts in the social-media era.

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Twitter bans religious insults calling groups rats or maggots BBC News

Twitter is updating its hate-speech rules to ban posts that liken religious groups to rats, viruses or maggots, among other dehumanising terms.

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