Internet Use/New Technologies

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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Instagram has a drug problem. Its algorithms make it worse. Washington Post

Instagram is known for its celebrity posts and photos of enviable vacations. But it has also become a sizable open marketplace for advertising illegal drugs. The company has pledged a crackdown in recent weeks, but it is struggling to keep pace with its own algorithms and systems, which serve up an array of personalized drug-related content aimed directly at people who show an interest in buying substances illicitly.

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24 September 2018

Average Briton spends 26 days a year watching on-demand TV The Guardian

UK adults spend an average of 12 hours a week watching on-demand TV, around eight times longer than they spend exercising, a survey has found.

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23 September 2018

E.U. justice commissioner quits Facebook, describing her experience as 'channel of dirt' Washington Post

The European Commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality shut down her Facebook account, describing her experience on the social network as a “channel of dirt.”

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Smart Policies for Harnessing AI OECD

The global reach of AI requires a global approach. The OECD is engaged in a wide-ranging discussion on AI with its member countries and beyond, representatives of business, the technical community, labour and civil society and other international organisations. A key outcome of these discussions is the creation of an OECD expert group on artificial intelligence.

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19 September 2018

Almost half of UK internet users 'harmed' online BBC News

Almost half of internet users in the UK have suffered "harm" online, suggests research.

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18 September 2018

Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable? The Guardian

For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting ‘perfect’ lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling?

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Sweden to End Twitter Experiment Letting Ordinary People Be Nation's Voice New York Times

It was a radical experiment in free speech, even for Sweden: Give ordinary and not-so-ordinary people the chance to be, more or less, the official voice of a nation. After seven years of Twitter posts on topics as varied as manga comics, ugly sweaters and the dangers of prescription drugs, Sweden is calling it quits.

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16 September 2018

Facebook's Crackdown on Misinformation Might Actually Be Working Slate

Facebook’s efforts to reduce misinformation in its news feed since the 2016 election have opened the company to all manner of criticism, including allegations of political bias from both left and right. But a new study from researchers at Stanford University, New York University, and Microsoft Research suggests they might actually be working—at least, to some extent.

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14 September 2018

Facebook ramps up effort to combat fake images, video Washington Post

Facebook said Thursday it would expand its efforts to scan photos and videos uploaded to the social network for evidence that they've been manipulated, as lawmakers sound new alarms that foreign adversaries might try to spread misinformation through fake visual content.

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09 September 2018

What's the biggest influence on the way we think? (Googling it won't help) The Observer

This is a month of anniversaries, of which two in particular stand out. One is that it’s 10 years since the seismic shock of the banking crisis – one of the consequences of which is the ongoing unravelling of the (neo)liberal democracy so beloved of western ruling elites. The other is that it’s 20 years since Google arrived on the scene.

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Twitter's Flawed Solution to Political Polarization New York Times

On social media, encountering opposing views can make people become even more wedded to their own.

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Joseph Stiglitz on artificial intelligence: 'We're going towards a more divided society' The Guardian

The technology could vastly improve lives, the economist says – but only if the tech titans that control it are properly regulated. ‘What we have now is totally inadequate’

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Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump's election, analysis shows Washington Post

Racist and anti-Semitic content has surged on shadowy social media platforms — spiking around President Trump’s Inauguration Day and the “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville — spreading hate speech and extremist views to mainstream audiences, according to an analysis published this week.

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