Internet Use/New Technologies

18 June 2018

Fears mount over WhatsApp's role in spreading fake news The Observer

Abijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were driving back from a visit to a waterfall in the Indian province of Assam earlier this month when they stopped in a village to ask for directions. The two men were pulled out of their car and beaten to death by a mob who accused them of stealing children.

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Rise of the machines: has technology evolved beyond our control? The Observer

The voice-activated gadget in the corner of your bedroom suddenly laughs maniacally, and sends a recording of your pillow talk to a colleague. The clip of Peppa Pig your toddler is watching on YouTube unexpectedly descends into bloodletting and death. The social network you use to keep in touch with old school friends turns out to be influencing elections and fomenting coups.

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11 June 2018

How Facebook, Instagram and Netflix could be helping to reduce youth crime ABC News

A decline in youth crime in New South Wales could be down to the popularity of social media and video streaming services, according to research from the Australian National University.

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07 June 2018

U.S. says internet use rises as more low income people go online Reuters

Internet use by Americans increased in 2017, fueled by a rise among people with lower incomes, a government report viewed on Wednesday by Reuters found.

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Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy' The Guardian

Almost every day, Kenneth Scalir takes a trip to the library or a cafe near his home in Sherman Oaks, California, to spend about an hour on his favourite site: Myspace.

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04 June 2018

Teens are abandoning Facebook in dramatic numbers, study finds The Guardian

Teenagers have abandoned Facebook in favour of other social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram, according to a study from the Pew Research Center.

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01 June 2018

Twitter blocking users who were underage when they signed up The Guardian

In an effort to comply with GDPR, Twitter is blocking users who were underage when they signed up for the service – even if they’re now well over 18.

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Social media use taxed in Uganda to tackle 'gossip' The Guardian

Users of Whatsapp, Facebook, Skype and other social media in Uganda will have to pay a daily tax from July, according to a new law that rights activists have criticised as a bid to stifle free speech.

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31 May 2018

Google plan for data-driven 'smart city' sparks privacy, democracy concerns ABC News

In the Canadian city of Toronto, city officials are negotiating a project that will give a section of the city's waterfront to the US tech giant Google.

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28 May 2018

Technology is driving us to distraction: Sunday essay The Observer

How often are you diverted from a task by the seductive lure of your mobile phone? And does it matter? In a landmark book, James Williams argues we’re losing the power to concentrate

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23 May 2018

$100,000 of grants given to Internet research in NZ InternetNZ

The Internet research grant recipients for 2017/18 have now been confirmed. InternetNZ is excited to support the seven successful applicants in their research.

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20 May 2018

Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate New York Times

Security is tight at this brick building on the western edge of Berlin. Inside, a sign warns: “Everybody without a badge is a potential spy!”

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Fake Facebook accounts and online lies multiply in hours after Santa Fe school shooting Washington Post

In the first hours after the Texas school shooting that left at least 10 dead Friday, online hoaxers moved quickly to spread a viral lie, creating fake Facebook accounts with the suspected shooter's name and a doctored photo showing him wearing a "Hillary 2016" hat.

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16 May 2018

Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex and hate speech posts Washington Post

Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018, pledging more transparency while shielding its chief executive from new public questioning about the company’s business practices.

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Twitter banishes 'trolls' to the shadows BBC News

Twitter says it is taking action against "trolls" that "distort and detract from the public conversation", by making their tweets less visible.

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08 May 2018

Social media copies gambling methods 'to create psychological cravings' The Guardian

Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn.

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04 May 2018

Ex-U.N. chief Annan tells Facebook to move faster on hate speech Reuters

Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan told Facebook Inc on Thursday that it should consider establishing a special team to respond more quickly to threats of sectarian violence in countries such as Myanmar that are at high risk.

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Twitter tells 330 million users to change their passwords BBC News

Twitter has warned its 330 million users to change their passwords after a glitch exposed some in plain text on its internal network.

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02 May 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Has a Message: Facebook Will Keep Building New York Times

Mark Zuckerberg has faced scandal after scandal in recent months. On Tuesday, he indicated he was ready to move on and continue Facebook’s march of taking over people’s online lives.

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01 May 2018

Music downloads can gauge consumer vibe – Bank of England: Chief economist says 'taste in books, TV and radio may also offer a window on the soul' The Guardian

Central bankers seeking to understand what’s really happening in the economy might want to forget about market research surveys and get hip to the number of Taylor Swift downloads instead, the chief economist at the Bank of England has suggested.

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29 April 2018

Facebook's global monopoly poses a deadly threat in developing nations The Guardian

The most significant moment in the US Senate’s interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg came when Senator Lindsey Graham asked the Facebook boss: “Who’s your biggest competitor?” It was one of the few moments in his five-hour testimony when Zuckerberg seemed genuinely discombobulated. The video of the exchange is worth watching. First, he smirks. Then he waffles about Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft “overlapping” with Facebook in various ways. It’s doesn’t look like he believes what he’s saying.

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26 April 2018

British adults using Facebook less to communicate with friends The Guardian

British adults are becoming less reliant on Facebook for communicating with friends, according to research conducted by the UK media regulator, which suggests people are starting to turn to other social media apps.

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Bots in the Twittersphere Pew Research Center

An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings

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The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World Pew Research Center

A plurality of experts say digital life will continue to expand people’s boundaries and opportunities in the coming decade and that the world to come will produce more help than harm in people’s lives. Still, nearly a third think that digital life will be mostly harmful to people’s health, mental fitness and happiness. Most say there are solutions

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25 April 2018

How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google New York Times

In Europe and the United States, the conventional wisdom is that regulation is needed to force Silicon Valley’s digital giants to respect people’s online privacy.

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