Internet Use/New Technologies

16 November 2018

Prince William criticises social media firms BBC News

The Duke of Cambridge has accused social media firms of not being proactive enough about dealing with fake news, privacy issues and cyber-bullying.

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08 November 2018

Children's screen time has little effect on sleep, says study BBC News

The amount of time children spend on devices has little effect on how long they sleep, a study from Oxford University suggests.

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04 November 2018

Days after synagogue massacre, online hate is thriving Associated Press

A website popular with racists that was used by the man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was shut down within hours of the slaughter, but it hardly mattered: Anti-Semites and racists who hang out in such havens just moved to other online forums.

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Social media's misinformation battle: No winners, so far Associated Press

Facebook and other social platforms have been fighting online misinformation and hate speech for two years. With the U.S. midterm elections just a few days away, there are signs that they’re making some headway, although they’re still a very long way from winning the war.

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How Facebook and Twitter are rushing to stop voter suppression online for the midterm elections Washington Post

Facebook and Twitter aren’t just trying to drive people to the polls — they’re racing to fight back bad actors who seek to deter their users from voting.

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31 October 2018

The Internet Will Be the Death of Us: It casts rogue grievances as legitimate obsessions and gives prejudices the shimmer of ideals. New York Times

Nora Ephron once wrote a brilliant essay about the trajectory of her and many other people’s infatuations with email, from the thrill of discovering this speedy new way of keeping in touch to the hell of not being able to turn it off.

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Facebook loses a million European users in three months The Independent

Facebook has lost a million daily and monthly active users in the last three months, the company's latest financial results have revealed.

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Facebook's Vision for the Future: Less News Feed, More Stories New York Times

When Facebook told Wall Street in July that its business would slow down, it had few answers for how it planned to change that trajectory. On Tuesday, the social network came back with some responses.

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30 October 2018

AP Explains: Gab, where Pittsburgh shooting suspect ranted Associated Press

A social media service believed to be used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect to post hateful rants advertises itself as a haven for free speech.

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On Social Media, No Answers for Hate New York Times

On Monday, a search on Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, produced a torrent of anti-Semitic images and videos uploaded in the wake of Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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29 October 2018

Social media 'aids oppressors', says Saudi rights campaigner The Observer

One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent exiled activists has quit Twitter and Facebook, saying that the social media giants have become tools for oppressive governments and trolls to harass and silence campaigners.

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25 October 2018

'Twisted' fibre optic light breakthrough could make internet 100 times faster The Guardian

A new development in fibre optics could make internet speeds up to 100 times faster – by detecting light that has been twisted into a spiral.

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The Problem With Fixing WhatsApp? Human Nature Might Get in the Way New York Times

Should the world worry about WhatsApp? Has it become a virulent new force in global misinformation and political trickery?

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21 October 2018

Five Digital Inclusion Trends in the United States NTIA

This week, NTIA recognizes International Digital Inclusion Week. Digital inclusion is more than a social program giving people access to computing and information technology; it is now an economic imperative in every community. The availability of robust Internet access is integral to a community’s ability to thrive socially and economically. Better connected towns, cities and states attract technology-based investment, encourage more innovation, streamline supply chains, and broaden opportunities for individuals and businesses. Local leaders at all levels find that broadband planning and investments reap benefits across the economy in education, healthcare, agriculture, transportation, tourism, and daily quality of life.

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19 October 2018

Facebook has a fake news 'war room' - but is it really working? The Guardian

Facebook is promoting a new “war room” as a part of its solution to election interference, unveiling a team of specialists working to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda.Facebook is promoting a new “war room” as a part of its solution to election interference, unveiling a team of specialists working to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda.

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18 October 2018

The promise and challenge of the age of artificial intelligence McKinsey

AI promises considerable economic benefits, even as it disrupts the world of work. These three priorities will help achieve good outcomes.

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17 October 2018

Facebook's former security chief warns of tech's 'negative impacts' - and has a plan to help solve them Washington Post

For two years, Alex Stamos was the Facebook executive tasked with defending the company’s systems against Russian interference and other critical threats.

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12 October 2018

Facebook says it purged more than 800 spam accounts, pages Washington Post

Facebook said it has purged more than 800 U.S. pages and accounts for spamming users with politically-tinged garbage links and clickbait just weeks ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.

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09 October 2018

Cyberchondria and cyberhoarding: is internet fuelling new conditions? The Guardian

The internet could be fuelling a rise in new conditions such as cyberchondria and cyberhoarding, experts have warned.

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Google shutting down after users' data is exposed BBC News

Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google , after user data was left exposed.

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02 October 2018

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee works to liberate personal data BBC News

Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has created a technology he says will give people more control over their data.

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28 September 2018

Limiting children's screen time linked to better cognition BBC News

Limiting children's recreational screen use has been linked with improved cognition.

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26 September 2018

Google at 20: how two 'obnoxious' students changed the internet The Guardian

It is two decades since Larry Page and Sergey Brin moved their fledgling startup out of their dorms. With threats to its power growing, how long can the company dominate?

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Google overhauls search to show more pictures, videos and context Washington Post

Google has unveiled a host of updates to its search product, designed to make visual information more useful as pictures and video become more central to the Internet experience.

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How Instagram Rose Into a Cultural Powerhouse New York Times

When Justin Bieber posted on Instagram for the first time in July 2011, he did not enthrall his army of fans with a shirtless selfie or a meticulously planned photo shoot.

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