Internet Use/New Technologies

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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Facebook says it is taking down more material about ISIS, al-Qaeda Reuters

Facebook Inc said on Monday that it removed or put a warning label on 1.9 million pieces of extremist content related to ISIS or al-Qaeda in the first three months of the year, or about double the amount from the previous quarter.

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YouTube Says Computers Are Catching Problem Videos New York Times

The vast majority of videos removed from YouTube toward the end of last year for violating the site’s content guidelines had first been detected by machines instead of humans, the Google-owned company said on Monday.

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23 April 2018

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match New York Times

False rumors set Buddhist against Muslim in Sri Lanka, the most recent in a global spate of violence fanned by social media.

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17 April 2018

Why we should stop panicking about robots stealing our jobs The Observer

Ideology is what determines how you think when you don’t know you’re thinking. Neoliberalism is a prime example. Less well-known but equally insidious is technological determinism, which is a theory about how technology affects development. It comes in two flavours. One says that there is an inexorable internal logic in how technologies evolve. So, for example, when we got to the point where massive processing power and large quantities of data became easily available, machine-learning was an inevitable next step.

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Twitter handles are big business, even if the owner doesn't want to sell The Guardian

Everything has a price, even the top Twitter handles, and if somebody does not want to sell then they may be forced to relinquish their account.

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12 April 2018

How do emerging technologies affect the creative economy? McKinsey

Research suggests some ways artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, and blockchain are reshaping creative work.

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09 April 2018

Don't Fix Facebook. Replace It. by Tim Wu New York Times

After years of collecting way too much data, Facebook has finally been caught in the facilitation of one privacy debacle too many. When Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, testifies before Congress, which he plans to do this month, lawmakers will no doubt ask how Facebook might restore the public’s trust and whether it might accept some measure of regulation. Yet in the big picture, these are the wrong questions to be asking.

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What if we paid for Facebook - instead of letting it spy on us for free? Washington Post

Let’s play the Price is Right. What’s a Facebook membership worth? $7 per month? $5? $1?

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05 April 2018

Building a Connected City From the Ground Up New York Times

A developer of planned communities is joining with General Electric to build a smart city near Boston with driverless cars and heated sidewalks.

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03 April 2018

They Tried to Boycott Facebook, Apple and Google. They Failed. New York Times

... As the reach and influence of Silicon Valley’s tech giants have increased, so have the calls to boycott their products and services. The problem is that pulling off a boycott is not exactly easy: The tech companies’ products are so pervasive that they are difficult to avoid.

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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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