Internet Use/New Technologies

07 January 2019

Blockchain Can Wrest the Internet From Corporations' Grasp Wired

Chris Dixon is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that invests in crypto and other technologies. Prior to being an investor, he founded the tech companies SiteAdvisor and Hunch.

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Paving the Way for Self-Driving Cars Harvard Law

A few years ago, when tech companies like Uber and Airbnb spread across the nation and beyond, they introduced rapid and irreversible changes in how people travel. As the firms’ simple apps rocketed their platforms to popularity, the local policymakers responsible for ensuring that corporations contribute to the public good were left far behind, playing catch-up.

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04 January 2019

Gaming worth more than video and music combined in UK BBC News

The video games sector now accounts for more than half of the UK's entire entertainment market, according to a new report.

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Depression in girls linked to higher use of social media The Guardian

Girls’ much-higher rate of depression than boys is closely linked to the greater time they spend on social media, and online bullying and poor sleep are the main culprits for their low mood, new research reveals.

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Devices That Will Invade Your Life in 2019 (and What's Overhyped) New York Times

Imagine a future where you are never truly alone. Even when your spouse is on a business trip or your children are away at summer camp, you will always have someone (or something) to talk to. In the morning, you could ask the microwave to heat up a bowl of oatmeal. In your car, you could tell your stereo to put on some ’90s music. And when you walk into the office, you could ask your smartphone, “What’s on my calendar today?”

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03 January 2019

Net's founding father Dr Larry Roberts dies aged 81 BBC News

American scientist Larry Roberts who helped design and build the forerunner of the internet has died aged 81.

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Women in Pakistan most vulnerable to harassment on Facebook, WhatsApp: report Dawn

Facebook and WhatsApp have the worst track record when it comes to cases of online harassment and misuse of data in Pakistan, according to a report released by the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) on Wednesday.

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In High-Tech Cities, No More Potholes, but What About Privacy? New York Times

An algorithm predicts where potholes will emerge so road crews can resurface streets before cracks appear. Dog houses outfitted with cameras and temperature controls provide people a place to leave pets while they’re on a date or at yoga. And on Main Street, if a driver parks too long, a sensor alerts the police and a ticket is issued.

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30 December 2018

Apple and Google can help power the switch to renewable energy Wired

In 2010, Apple fired up a truly giant data centre located in some open fields near the rural town of Maiden in North Carolina. Apple chose the site because land was inexpensive, the state provided tasty tax breaks and energy from nearby coal plants was cheap. But coal was key. As one of the world’s largest data centres, the iDataCenter required enough energy to power a small city. And the local utility, Duke Energy, had lots of excess capacity.

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19 December 2018

99.8% of New Zealanders set to access the Internet InternetNZ

InternetNZ applauds the Government's announcements of additional rural broadband and mobile coverage across New Zealand, taking coverage to 99.8% of the population over the next four years.

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14 December 2018

YouTube, under pressure for problem content, takes down 58 million videos in quarter Reuters

YouTube took down more than 58 million videos and 224 million comments during the third quarter based on violations of its policies, the unit of Alphabet Inc's Google said on Thursday in an effort to demonstrate progress in suppressing problem content.

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12 December 2018

UN Promotes Technological Developments for SDGs SDG Knowledge Hub

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution asking key UN bodies for updated findings on the impact of key technological changes vis-a-vis the 2030 Agenda, for discussion at the fourth annual UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI Forum). The UN also recently announced that over half the world is using the internet, held a high-level briefing on frontier technologies for sustainable development, and convened a forum on internet governance.

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11 December 2018

Is Screen Time Bad for Kids' Brains? New York Times

A generation ago, parents worried about the effects of TV; before that, it was radio. Now, the concern is “screen time,” a catchall term for the amount of time that children, especially preteens and teenagers, spend interacting with TVs, computers, smartphones, digital pads, and video games. This age group draws particular attention because screen immersion rises sharply during adolescence, and because brain development accelerates then, too, as neural networks are pruned and consolidated in the transition to adulthood.

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Two years after #Pizzagate showed the dangers of hateful conspiracies, they're still rampant on YouTube Washington Post

A year after YouTube’s chief executive promised to curb “problematic” videos, it continues to harbor and even recommend hateful, conspiratorial videos, allowing racists, anti-Semites and proponents of other extremist views to use the platform as an online library for spreading their ideas.

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Pew: 37% of technologists don't think AI will improve lives by 2030 Venture Beat

About 37 percent of technologists believe that most people won’t be better off in the next 10 years as a result of advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies. That’s according to a Pew Center Research survey of more than 979 developers, business executives, and policy leaders, the results of which were published today to coincide with a presentation at the Our People-Centered Digital Future conference in San Jose, California.

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09 December 2018

ITU releases 2018 global and regional ICT estimates: For the first time, more than half of the world's population is using the Internet International Telecommunication Union

​​​​​​​​​ITU, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), estimates that at the end of 2018, 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people, will be using the Internet.

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05 December 2018

Cisco Predicts More IP Traffic in the Next Five Years Than in the History of the Internet Cisco

The internet is made up of thousands of public and private networks around the world. And since it came to life in 1984, more than 4.7 zettabytes of IP traffic have flowed across it. That’s the same as all the movies ever made crossing global IP networks in less than a minute.

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04 December 2018

Applying artificial intelligence for social good McKinsey

AI is not a silver bullet, but it could help tackle some of the world’s most challenging social problems.

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30 November 2018

Elon Musk's SpaceX wins FCC approval to put 7,000 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit Washington Post

Federal regulators are allowing entrepreneur Elon Musk to use an expanded range of wireless airwaves for his plan to deliver cheap, high-speed Internet access — from space.

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28 November 2018

From Airbnb to city bikes, the 'sharing economy' has been seized by big money by Evgeny Morozov The Guardian

Of all the ideologies spawned by Silicon Valley, that of techno-populism – the making of empty promises on the basis of seismic digital disruption – is the strangest. Promising a world of immediate and painless personal empowerment, techno-populism is ambiguous enough to unite big tech firms, startups, cryptocurrency aficionados and even some political parties.

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Computing faces an energy crunch unless new technologies are found The Conversation

There’s little doubt the information technology revolution has improved our lives. But unless we find a new form of electronic technology that uses less energy, computing will become limited by an “energy crunch” within decades.

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26 November 2018

Populism and the internet - a toxic mix shaping the age of conspiracy theories The Observer

Conspiracy theories have generally had a bad press. They conjure up images of eccentrics in tinfoil hats who believe that aliens have landed and the government is hushing up the news. And maybe it’s statistically true that most conspiracy theories belong on the harmless fringe of the credibility spectrum.

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25 November 2018

How WhatsApp Leads Mobs to Murder in India New York Times

In India, false rumors about child kidnappers have gone viral on WhatsApp, prompting fearful mobs to kill two dozen innocent people since April.

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20 November 2018

Google-Temasek study sees $240 billion Southeast Asia internet economy by 2025 Reuters

Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, a joint study by Google and Temasek Holdings showed, a fifth more than previously estimated, as more consumers use their smartphones to go online.

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Facebook says it's better at detecting rule violations Associated Press

Facebook said it’s making progress on detecting hate speech, graphic violence and other violations of its rules, even before users see and report them.

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