Internet Use/New Technologies

11 December 2018

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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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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