Internet Use/New Technologies

22 November 2017

Can A.I. Be Taught to Explain Itself? New York Times

As machine learning becomes more powerful, the field’s researchers increasingly find themselves unable to account for what their algorithms know — or how they know it.

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21 November 2017

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing' The Guardian

Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s optimism about the future of the web is starting to wane in the face of a “nasty storm” of issues including the rollback of net neutrality protections, the proliferation of fake news, propaganda and the web’s increasing polarisation.

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20 November 2017

What is online violence and abuse against women? Amnesty

Never heard of ‘doxxing’? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here are six things you should know about online violence and abuse.

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Amnesty reveals alarming impact of online abuse against women Amnesty

New research by Amnesty International has revealed the alarming impact that abuse and harassment on social media are having on women, with women around the world reporting stress, anxiety, or panic attacks as a result of these harmful online experiences.

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Economic opportunities of emerging technologies identified at ITU global statistics symposium International Telecommunication Union

The economic opportunities of innovative information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence and smart data for smart sustainable cities were recognized this week in Hammamet, Tunisia at the 15th edition of the ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS‐17) — the main international forum for telecommunication and information society measurements worldwide. Symposium participants included key ICT stakeholders from around the globe representing governments, telecommunication regulatory authorities, national statistics offices, private companies and research institutions.

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14 November 2017

Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News Bloomberg

The World Wide Web is 28 years old. But these days it often appears to have the growing pains of a teenager. There’s the scourge of fake news, growing pockets of censorship around the world, the fiery debate over net neutrality and more.

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One Facebook 'like' is all it takes to target adverts, academics find The Guardian

Online ad campaigns created by academics in Britain and the US have targeted millions of people based on psychological traits perceived from a single “like” on Facebook – demonstrating, they say, the effect of “mass psychological persuasion”.

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13 November 2017

Alibaba's Singles Day Sales Hit New Record of $25.3 Billion New York Times

Singles Day — the frenzied annual celebration of consumption and commerce that is China’s much larger version of Black Friday — began as a protest of sorts against Valentine’s Day, propelled by college students in the 1990s.

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12 November 2017

Keep up with technology or be left behind InternetNZ

New Zealand will not only be small and distant from the rest of the world but also years behind if regulations do not keep up with technological change.

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11 November 2017

Twitter halts 'broken' verified-profile system BBC News

Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as "broken", following complaints over the type of accounts being verified.

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Facebook’s first president, on Facebook: 'God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains' Washington Post

“God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains,” Sean Parker said in the interview published Thursday.

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09 November 2017

Pew Research Center says 45% of Americans get their news from Facebook Marketing Land

During the past year, the number of Americans getting at least a portion of their news from social media sites has increased from 62 percent in 2016 to 67 percent in 2017.

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08 November 2017

Hot topics of NZ's NetHui 2017: Policies and social implications, New technologies InternetNZ

How should we run our Internet in a way that is inclusive and as safe as possible for everyone? How do we rebalance rights and interests that new Internet enabled technologies imbalance? What implications could the Internet have on our society, and our rules and norms for living together?

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Facebook asks Australian users for nude photos in project to combat revenge porn The Guardian

Facebook is asking users to send the company their nude photos in an effort to tackle revenge porn, in an attempt to give some control back to victims of this type of abuse.

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Twitter officially enables 280-character limit for all accounts, including brands Marketing Land

Twitter is officially doubling its character count. Less than two months after testing extending tweets’ maximum length to 280 characters, Twitter is enabling the new length for all users on Tuesday. The new maximum will apply to tweets in all languages except Chinese, Japanese and Korean, in which space is less of an issue.

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07 November 2017

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I. New York Times

Google and others, fighting for a small pool of researchers, are looking for automated ways to deal with a shortage of artificial intelligence experts.

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06 November 2017

Facebook is not listening to the fake news furore The Observer

One of the most instructive sights of the week was that of representatives of Twitter, Google and Facebook getting a grilling from a US Senate judiciary subcommittee on Capitol Hill. The topic at hand? “Extremist content and Russian disinformation online”, which, translated, reads: how did Russian use of social media affect the outcome of the 2016 presidential election? The committee chairman, Senator Lindsey Graham, set it up nicely in his opening statement by quoting what Trump had said on Fox News on 20 October: “I doubt I’d be here if it weren’t for social media, to be honest with you.”

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Twitter's rewritten rules published BBC News

Twitter has published a new version of its rules, which it says will clarify its policies and how it enforces them.

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04 November 2017

The Upside of Being Ruled by the Five Tech Giants New York Times

The tech giants are too big. But what if that’s not so bad? For a year and a half — and more urgently for much of the last month — I have warned of the growing economic, social and political power held by the five largest American tech companies: Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

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02 November 2017

Facebook and eSafety Commissioner join forces to stop revenge porn in Australia Australian Financial Review

Social media giant Facebook and the Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner have joined forces to stop revenge porn images being shared on the social network.

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01 November 2017

Facebook Says It Will Double Safety and Security Staff Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. said it will double its safety and security staff to 20,000, including contract workers, by the end of 2018.

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How to Fix Facebook? We Asked 9 Experts New York Times

Colin Stretch, the general counsel of Facebook, appeared on Tuesday before senators who are investigating how Russia spread misinformation online during the 2016 presidential campaign. Along with Google and Twitter, Facebook has been blamed for helping Russian agents influence the outcome of the election.

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29 October 2017

Virtual reality headsets could put children's health at risk The Guardian

Researchers have warned that virtual reality headsets could pose risks to users, particularly children. The scientists, based at Leeds University, believe continued use of VR sets could trigger eyesight and balance problems in young people unless changes are made to devices.

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27 October 2017

Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content New York Times

Reddit, the online internet forum, has started to implement a new policy to ban content that glorifies and incites violence, and among the first to go were forums for Nazi, racist and white supremacist groups.

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Reddit Bans Nazi Groups and Others in Crackdown on Violent Content New York Times

Reddit, the online internet forum, has started to implement a new policy to ban content that glorifies and incites violence, and among the first to go were forums for Nazi, racist and white supremacist groups.

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