Internet Use/New Technologies

16 March 2018

Bali switches off internet services for 24 hours for New Year 'quiet reflection' The Guardian

Internet services on Bali will go dark this Saturday, with providers switching off mobile services for 24 hours to mark the Indonesian island’s annual day of silence.

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15 March 2018

Prepare now for the 'roaring 2020s' and beyond CIO

Driverless taxis, disappearance of smartphones, humans living in Mars, and a cure for Alzheimer’s. These are among the key technologies Rowan Trollope, senior vice president, IoT and applications at Cisco, says businesses need to prepare for through 2050.

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11 March 2018

False news 70 percent more likely to spread on Twitter - study Reuters

False news stories spread much more quickly and widely on Twitter than truthful ones, an imbalance driven more by people than automated “bot” accounts, researchers said on Thursday.

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How Lies Spread Online New York Times

The spread of misinformation on social media is an alarming phenomenon that scientists have yet to fully understand. While the data show that false claims are increasing online, most studies have analyzed only small samples or the spread of individual fake stories.

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07 March 2018

Is Bitcoin a Waste of Electricity, or Something Worse? New York Times

A manufacturing start-up recently announced plans to move into a shuttered aluminum factory in upstate New York, taking advantage of abundant cheap electricity from the St. Lawrence River.

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YouTube Cracks Down on Far-Right Videos as Conspiracy Theories Spread New York Times

YouTube this week cracked down on the videos of some prominent far-right actors and conspiracy theorists, continuing an effort that has become more visible since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., last month caused a torrent of misinformation to be featured prominently on the site.

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02 March 2018

Home entertainment spending overtakes print sales for first time in UK The Guardian

The soaring popularity of services like Netflix, Amazon and Spotify has pushed the amount consumers spend on home entertainment products past the amount spent on books, magazines and newspapers for the first time.

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01 March 2018

Bill Gates: cryptocurrencies have 'caused deaths in a fairly direct way' The Guardian

Bill Gates, the philanthropist and former chief executive of Microsoft, is concerned by the crytocurrency craze, saying that the anonymity offered by the new technology has “caused deaths in a fairly direct way”.

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28 February 2018

We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack - and found a conspiracy in the making Washington Post

Forty-seven minutes after news broke of a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the posters on the anonymous chat board 8chan had devised a plan to bend the public narrative to their own designs: “Start looking for [Jewish] numerology and crisis actors.”

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26 February 2018

Trump Blames Video Games for Mass Shootings. Researchers Disagree. New York Times

President Trump said Thursday that violent video games and movies may play a role in school shootings, a claim that has been made — and rejected — many times since the increase in such attacks in the past two decades.

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22 February 2018

How a survivor of the Florida school shooting became the victim of an online conspiracy New York Times

David Hogg, 17, went from Florida high school student to mass shooting survivor to telegenic advocate for gun-control laws in a few days. And just as quickly, online conspiracy theorists began spinning viral lies attacking the teenager’s credibility.

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Gartner Top Strategic Predictions for 2018 and Beyond Gartner

In houses of the future, the coffeemaker will know the ideal brewing temperature based on an image of the package uploaded by your smartphone, the washing machine will scan and read garment labels, and the air-conditioning unit will be capable of monitoring its own maintenance schedule and self-reporting any issues. The interesting part is all of these features were the result of an inexpensive technology added in before designers were even certain of specific uses.

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On Social Media, Lax Enforcement Lets Impostor Accounts Thrive New York Times

When Hilary Mason, a data scientist and entrepreneur, discovered that dozens of automated “bot” accounts had sprung up to impersonate her on Twitter, she immediately set out to stop them.

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20 February 2018

Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That's a Good Thing, Right? New York Times

As advertising has become more intrusive in recent years, hundreds of millions of web users have installed ad-blocking software to ward off full-page pop-ups, blaring video pitches that start automatically and large ads with unstoppable countdown clocks that obscure the content you actually want to see.

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19 February 2018

The next billion users are the future of the internet Google blog

In the late 1990s, I moved from Delhi to Stanford for a master’s degree in computer science. Getting off the plane in San Francisco, I was ecstatic about the amazing computing power, lightning-fast internet and easy access to knowledge available at an American university. Back home, most people across Asia could only get online at an internet café or over dial-up modems, and internet speeds weren’t great. Computing power was still a luxury.

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17 February 2018

'Parents killed it': why Facebook is losing its teenage users The Guardian

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook he was a 19-year-old living in a dorm in his second year at university. Fast-forward 14 years and it is the young people he was so successful in luring to Facebook to propel it to become the world’s biggest social networking site that are now his biggest problem.

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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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