Internet Use/New Technologies

09 September 2018

As Germans Seek News, YouTube Delivers Far-Right Tirades New York Times

A researcher found the platform’s recommendation system had steered viewers to fringe and conspiracy videos on a neo-Nazi demonstration in Chemnitz.

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Marking 20(ish) years of Google Google

It’s September 1998. Aerosmith is wailing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” at the top of the Billboard Top 100. “TRL” debuts on MTV, just in time for the release of “Baby One More Time.” Buffy Summers is staking vampires in platform sandals. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are trying to out-bash each other for the home run record. “The Avengers” has just bombed at box offices. And sometime this month, Google is born.

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Browser Extensions: Are They Worth the Risk? Krebs On Security

Popular file-sharing site is warning users that cybercriminals hacked its browser extension for Google Chrome so that usernames and passwords submitted through the browser were copied and forwarded to a rogue server in Ukraine.

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How social-media platforms dispense justice: Their armies of content moderators are expanding The Economist

Every other Tuesday at Facebook, and every Friday at YouTube, executives convene to debate the latest problems with hate speech, misinformation and other disturbing content on their platforms, and decide what should be removed or left alone. In San Bruno, Susan Wojcicki, YouTube’s boss, personally oversees the exercise. In Menlo Park, lower-level execs run Facebook’s “Content Standards Forum”.

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06 September 2018

Google researchers say the tech industry has contributed to an 'attention crisis' Washington Post

Google released a new paper written by its own user experience researchers that delves into the reasons that we can't put down our phones, and starts to explore what companies can do about it. It also calls on the technology industry to reexamine the way it ties engagement to success — noting that capturing people's attention is not necessarily the best way to measure whether they're satisfied with a product.

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05 September 2018

Alex Jones Said Bans Would Strengthen Him. He Was Wrong. New York Times

After Silicon Valley internet giants mostly barred Alex Jones from their services last month, traffic to his Infowars website and app soared on the blaze of publicity — and the notorious conspiracy theorist declared victory.

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26 August 2018

Call for action to end children's 'battery-hen existence' in summer holidays The Observer

Urgent action is needed to stop children leading a “battery hen existence” during the summer holidays that is damaging their mental health, contributing to violence and ensuring they return to school in worse health than when they left, the children’s commissioner for England has warned.

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24 August 2018

Survey: Teens cutting back on mobile screen, social media time Marketing Land

According to a new survey from Pew Research Center, teens are cutting back on mobile phone and social media usage. Parents, not so much. The study finds that those between 13 and 17 are consciously trying to reduce their screen time.

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Google deletes accounts with ties to Iran on YouTube and other sites Washington Post

Google announced Thursday that it deleted 58 accounts with ties to Iran on its video platform YouTube and its other sites, the latest sign that foreign agents from around the world increasingly seek to spread disinformation on a broad array of popular websites.

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23 August 2018

Kids are glued to their screens - but parents are in no position to criticize The Guardian

Parents lament their teenagers’ noses being constantly buried in their phones, but they might want to take stock of their own screen habits, according to a new report.

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Digital wealth: How to have the final say about your online assets when you die Australian Financial Review

"Digital wealth" constitutes a far greater proportion of our estates than many realise, with our personal and business lives becoming increasingly digitalised and online.

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Europe Worries as Facebook Fights Manipulation New York Times

The picture was just like many of the other Facebook posts criticizing Britain’s decision to leave the European Union: a fake commemorative stamp showing a person preparing to shoot himself in the foot.

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22 August 2018

Study links Facebook use to violence against refugees in Germany The Hill

A new study by researchers at the University of Warwick is linking the use of Facebook to incidents of violence against refugees.

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Facebook pulls 652 fake accounts and pages meant to influence world politics The Guardian

Facebook has removed 652 fake accounts and pages with ties to Russia and Iran attempting to exert political influence in the US, UK, Middle East and Latin America.

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Facebook gives users trustworthiness score BBC News

Facebook has confirmed that it has started scoring some of its members on a trustworthiness scale.

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15 August 2018

Cubans cheer as internet goes nationwide for a day Reuters

Cuba’s government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island’s more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service.

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14 August 2018

So dropping a c-bomb isn't okay, but rape threats are? Stuff

I dream of a world where I can use the full c-word in a published sentence. Just now, I typed it out for size. It felt good. Real good.

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Inside Twitter's Struggle Over What Gets Banned New York Times

With his arms folded, Jack Dorsey paced back and forth in a conference room at Twitter’s headquarters on Friday afternoon.

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Facebook Banned Infowars. Now What? New York Times

Late on Sunday, after returning to his hotel room on a trip away from home, Mark Zuckerberg made a decision he had hoped to avoid.

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11 August 2018

Hate speech crackdown spreads to behind-the-scenes tech New York Times

The tech industry’s crackdown on content from right-wing users spread this week from social media platforms to behind-the-scenes companies that do not typically take on free speech issues, a sign of heightened aggressiveness ahead of a planned far-right gathering this weekend inspired by the riots in Charlottesville.

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09 August 2018

The Internet Trolls Have Won. Sorry, There's Not Much You Can Do. New York Times

This column is going to be a bit unusual. Typically, I write about a broad tech problem and offer some solutions. But this week, I’ve stumbled into a topic that many agree has no easy fix: online comments.

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08 August 2018

Internet use at record level but Britons are lax about web security The Guardian

Internet use inBritain has risen to record levels but there is a worrying lack of awareness around security, figures show.

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Bitcoin Speculators, Not Drug Dealers, Dominate Crypto Use Now Bloomberg

The ratio of legal to illegal activity in Bitcoin has flipped, according to Lilita Infante at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter New York Times

Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020.

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05 August 2018

Why artificial intelligence will have very human frailties Australian Financial Review

It's 2022 and Australia has its first artificial intelligence scandal. A freak storm has just hit Melbourne, and an algorithm designed to help emergency services deal with high volumes of requests for help has a stunning and unusual flaw – calls from men are shown to be getting attention faster than calls from women.

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