Internet Use/New Technologies

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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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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