Internet Use/New Technologies

19 March 2019

Christchurch mosque shootings: New Zealand ISPs/Australian telcos block websites with footage of attack Reseller News

New Zealand internet service providers are working together to block any websites with footage of the Christchurch massacre.

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Social media addiction should be seen as a disease, British MPs say The Guardian

Social media addiction should be considered a disease, MPs have said, in a sign of the pressures facing technology companies and the growing concern over the impact social networks are having on users’ mental health.

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How social media's business model helped the New Zealand massacre go viral Washington Post

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday’s slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph — however appalling — of human ingenuity over computerized systems designed to block troubling images of violence and hate.

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17 March 2019

Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage BBC News

A gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. As he did so, he filmed the entire crime and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.

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16 March 2019

Facebook's Daylong Malfunction Is a Reminder of the Internet's Fragility New York Times

Facebook said on Thursday that it had repaired a technical error that led to long lapses in service at its various properties, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.

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A Mass Murder of, and for, the Internet New York Times

Before entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of one of the deadliest mass murders in the country’s history, a gunman paused to endorse a YouTube star in a video that appeared to capture the shooting.

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The New Zealand shooting shows how YouTube and Facebook spread hate and violent images - yet again Washington Post

Friday’s slaughter in two New Zealand mosques played out as a dystopian reality show delivered by some of America’s biggest technology companies. YouTube, Facebook, Reddit and Twitter all had roles in publicizing the violence and, by extension, the hate-filled ideology behind it.

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12 March 2019

How the Internet Travels Across Oceans New York Times

The internet consists of tiny bits of code that move around the world, traveling along wires as thin as a strand of hair strung across the ocean floor. The data zips from New York to Sydney, from Hong Kong to London, in the time it takes you to read this word.

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10 March 2019

How TikTok Is Rewriting the World: TikTok will change the way your social media works - even if you're avoiding it. New York Times

Hello, person who is, statistically speaking, a human adult aged approximately “millennial” to “boomer.” The analytics suggest a high likelihood that you’re aware there is an app named TikTok, and a similarly high likelihood that you’re not totally sure what it’s all about. Maybe you asked someone younger in your life, and they tried to explain and possibly failed. Or maybe you’ve heard that this new, extraordinarily popular video app is “a refreshing outlier in the social media universe” that’s “genuinely fun to use.” Maybe you even tried it, but bounced straight out, confused and sapped.

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01 March 2019

OneWeb wants to rebuild the Internet in space, connecting billions not on the Web. Can it succeed? Washington Post

... After years, Wyler’s dream to beam the Internet from space to remote corners of the world is finally here, he said. On Wednesday afternoon, the first six of his company’s satellites were launched from a remote launch site in French Guiana, a key step toward building out a constellation that could eventually reach nearly 2,000.

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27 February 2019

The Trauma Floor: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America The Verge

The panic attacks started after Chloe watched a man die. She spent the past three and a half weeks in training, trying to harden herself against the daily onslaught of disturbing posts: the hate speech, the violent attacks, the graphic pornography. In a few more days, she will become a full-time Facebook content moderator, or what the company she works for, a professional services vendor named Cognizant, opaquely calls a “process executive.”

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25 February 2019

It's time smart tech got serious GQ Magazine

First, it was all about the home – web-connected lights, kettles, locks and, yes, even salt shakers. But ‘things’ are about to change in this joined-up world... on an industrial scale

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18 February 2019

It’s almost impossible to function without the big five tech giants The Observer

‘Quitting smoking is easy,” said Mark Twain. “I’ve done it hundreds of times.” Much the same goes for smartphones. As increasing numbers of people begin to realise that they have a smartphone habit they begin to wonder if they should do something about the addiction. A few (a very few, in my experience) make the attempt, switching their phones off after work, say, and not rebooting them until the following morning. But almost invariably the dash for freedom fails and the chastened fugitive returns to the connected world.

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08 February 2019

Instagram bans 'graphic' self-harm images after Molly Russell's death The Guardian

Instagram has announced that it will ban all graphic self-harm images as part of a series of changes made in response to the death of British teenager Molly Russell.

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06 February 2019

5 reasons why autonomous cars aren't coming anytime soon Associated Press

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you’ll get an almost universal answer: Not anytime soon.

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03 February 2019

'It's been two quiet weeks': Tonga has internet restored after two weeks New Zealand Herald

Welcome back, Tonga! The Pacific Island nation's two-week spell of virtual cyber darkness has ended, with authorities announcing today that full internet services had been restored to the kingdom.

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02 February 2019

Russia's Playbook for Social Media Disinformation Has Gone Global New York Times

Twitter said on Thursday that countries including Bangladesh and Venezuela had been using social media to disseminate government talking points, while Facebook detailed a broad Iranian disinformation campaign that touched on everything from the conflict in Syria to conspiracy theories about the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Facebook and Twitter removed hundreds of accounts linked to Iran, Russia and Venezuela The Guardian

Facebook and Twitter both announced on Thursday they had taken down hundreds of accounts believed to have been part of coordinated influence operations from Iran, Russia and Venezuela.

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Philippines tops world internet usage index with an average 10 hours a day The Guardian

South-east Asia is one of the most internet-addicted regions on the planet, with the Philippines topping the global list with an average 10 hours and 2 minutes of screen time every day.

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31 January 2019

New research shows NZ's true thoughts about the Internet InternetNZ

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that 92% of New Zealanders are concerned about young children accessing inappropriate content on the Internet.

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29 January 2019

Study links high levels of screen time to slower child development The Guardian

A study has linked high levels of screen time with delayed development in children, reigniting the row over the extent to which parents should limit how long their offspring spend with electronic devices.

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New research explains how YouTube taps into kids' interests Ofcom

Children’s online time has settled at just over two hours per day, as a new study by Ofcom uncovers the reasons young people are drawn to video services such as Netflix and YouTube.

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Ofcom research highlights differing experiences of communications services Ofcom

There are distinct differences in how certain groups of people use and experience communications services, revealed in Ofcom’s latest Access and Inclusion research report published today.

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Halal Internet? Islamic Browser Promises Better Web Experience Bloomberg

A Malaysian startup is betting that there’s plenty of pent-up demand for a new browser that’s compliant with Islamic values, at a time of mounting concerns over privacy, bias and online abuse over the internet.

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27 January 2019

UK Health secretary tells social media firms to protect children after girl's death The Guardian

Social media companies are facing renewed demands from the government to protect children from harmful online content, amid growing concerns over suicide and self-harm among teenagers.

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