Internet Use/New Technologies

17 February 2018

Instagram submits to Russia censor's demands BBC News

Instagram has blocked posts in Russia relating to corruption claims made by the country's most prominent opposition leader.

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15 February 2018

Web creator's big new internet project New Zealand Herald

Tim Berners-Lee is often credited as being the inventor of the World Wide Web — but these days he's hellbent on changing it.

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives New York Times

In Phoenix, cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones, apps can now recognize faces in photos and translate from one language to another.

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13 February 2018

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm BBC News

Iceland is facing an "exponential" rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said.

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09 February 2018

What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn New York Times

American adolescents watch much more pornography than their parents know — and it’s shaping their ideas about pleasure, power and intimacy. Can they be taught to see it more critically?

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08 February 2018

Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study The Guardian

Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing social network users, according to a new study from the University of Oxford.

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Google gave the world powerful AI tools, and the world made porn with them Quartz

In 2015, Google announced it would release its internal tool for developing artificial intelligence algorithms, TensorFlow, a move that would change the tone of how AI research and development would be conducted around the world. The means to build technology that could have an impact as profound as electricity, to borrow phrasing from Google’s CEO, would be open, accessible, and free to use. The barrier to entry was lowered from a Ph.D to a laptop.

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06 February 2018

Digital media can enhance family life, says LSE study The Guardian

Digital media activities are enhancing family life rather than destroying it as they increasingly play an important role in families, a study has found.

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Former Facebook and Google workers launch campaign to fight tech addiction The Guardian

Reformed techies have united to launch a campaign to put pressure on technology companies to make their products less addictive and manipulative.

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01 February 2018

Tackling the Internet's Central Villain: The Advertising Business New York Times

Pretend you are the lead detective on a hit new show, “CSI: Terrible Stuff on the Internet.” In the first episode, you set up one of those crazy walls plastered with headlines and headshots, looking for hidden connections between everything awful that’s been happening online recently.

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Facebook enables 'fake news' by reliance on digital advertising – report The Guardian

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out against the company’s current business practices, arguing that they directly enable electoral interference.

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Mark Zuckerberg is now bragging about people spending less time on Facebook — and he's got the number to show it Washington Post

It’s not every day that companies use their quarterly earnings reports to tout negative statistics.

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Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back: The social network is getting aggressive with people who don't log in often, working to keep up its engagement numbers. Bloomberg

It’s been about a year since Rishi Gorantala deleted the Facebook app from his phone, and the company has only gotten more aggressive in its emails to win him back. The social network started out by alerting him every few days about friends that had posted photos or made comments—each time inviting him to click a link and view the activity on Facebook. He rarely did.

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31 January 2018

Facebook bans all cryptocurrency ads BBC News

Facebook has said it will block any advertising promoting cryptocurrency products and services.

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Child development experts urge Facebook to pull Messenger Kids app The Guardian

More than 110 child-health advocates have called on Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to pull the firm’s Messenger Kids app aimed at under 13s, warning of the dangers of social media for children.

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Facebook reveals privacy principles for first time, helps users control access The Guardian

Facebook has published its privacy principles for the first time and will roll out educational videos to help users control who has access to their information.

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Facebook to promote local news in drive for 'trusted' content BBC News

Facebook says it is changing the way its news delivery service works by focusing on local news sources in its drive for "high quality" content.

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Google aims to get 'diverse perspectives' into search results Reuters

Alphabet Inc’s Google will put more of a premium on “diverse perspectives” in its search results, saying in a blog post on Tuesday that answers highlighted at the top of result pages would soon display multiple viewpoints on topics for the first time ever.

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29 January 2018

Google is using 46 billion data points to predict the medical outcomes of hospital patients Quartz

Some of Google’s top AI researchers are trying to predict your medical outcome as soon as you’re admitted to the hospital.

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The Follower Factory New York Times

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

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24 January 2018

What if a Healthier Facebook Is Just ... Instagram? New York Times

For the past several years, Facebook has been conducting what amounts to an A/B test on human society, using two different social media apps.

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Facebook admits social media sometimes harms democracy Washington Post

Facebook said Monday that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

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22 January 2018

Just one in four Britons trust news on social media, finds survey The Guardian

It has been credited with everything from democratising news to helping to overthrow dictators but it appears that the love affair with social media may be over.

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20 January 2018

Facebook will now ask users to rank news organizations they trust Washington Post

Facebook unveiled major changes Friday to the News Feed of its 2 billion users, announcing it will rank news organizations by credibility based on user feedback and diminish its role as an arbiter of the news people see.

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17 January 2018

YouTube Adds More Scrutiny to Top-Tier Videos New York Times

The decade-plus evolution of YouTube from repository of cat videos and pirated content to potential TV replacement hit a road bump last year when marketers discovered their advertisements were showing up next to extremist videos and other unsavory content.

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