Internet Use/New Technologies

03 August 2017

For Facebook, erasing hate speech proves a daunting challenge Washington Post

Francie Latour was picking out produce in a suburban Boston grocery store when a white man leaned toward her two young sons and, just loudly enough for the boys to hear, unleashed a profanity-laced racist epithet.

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A Better, Safer Battery Could Be Coming to a Laptop Near You New York Times

A start-up company is trying to turbocharge a type of battery that has been a mainstay for simple devices like flashlights and toys, but until now has been ignored as an energy source for computers and electric cars.

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01 August 2017

Tech Companies Policing the Web Will Do More Harm Than Good Wired

The influence and proliferation of extremist content, hate speech, and state-sponsored propaganda on the internet has risen around the globe, as demonstrated by Russia’s involvement in the US election and the rise of ISIS recruitment online. As a result, the pressure that governments, media, and civil society are placing on technology companies to take meaningful action to stem the flow of this content is at an all-time high.

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31 July 2017

Facebook 'dark ads' can swing political opinions, research shows The Guardian

Using “psychographic” profiles of individual voters generated from publicly stated interests really does work, according to new research presented at the Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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29 July 2017

OECD broadband statistics update: Mobile broadband penetration at 99% in OECD area OECD

High-speed Internet use continues to grow in OECD countries with mobile broadband penetration reaching 99 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in December 2016, up from 91 per 100 inhabitants a year earlier, according to new data released by the OECD.

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24 July 2017

The digital future of work: What will automation change? McKinsey

Rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are making inroads in the workplace, with machines carrying out physical and cognitive activities. What will this mean for employment?

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The digital future of work: What skills will be needed? McKinsey

Robots have long carried out routine physical activities, but increasingly machines can also take on more sophisticated tasks. Experts provide advice on the skills people will need going forward.

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Beijing Wants A.I. to Be Made in China by 2030 New York Times

If Beijing has its way, the future of artificial intelligence will be made in China.

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21 July 2017

Twitter's internal numbers show it's getting less awful at fighting abuse Washington Post

Twitter on Thursday offered some top-line stats in a company blog post about the results of its latest anti-abuse efforts — showing how its approach is working as social media firms struggle with policing content on their networks.

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20 July 2017

Facebook Is Pursuing a Subscription Tool for News Outlets on Its Site New York Times

Facebook is working on a new tool that could help drive subscriptions to news organizations that publish articles directly on the online service, an effort to improve the fraught relationship between the social giant and media companies.

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19 July 2017

The Internet's Future Is More Fragile Than Ever, Says One Of Its Inventors Fast Company

Vint Cerf, the co-creator of tech that makes the internet work, worries about hacking, fake news, autonomous software, and perishable digital history.

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Elon Musk: regulate AI to combat 'existential threat' before it's too late The Guardian

Tesla and Space X chief executive Elon Musk has pushed again for the proactive regulation of artificial intelligence because “by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late”.

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16 July 2017

Come friendly robots and take our dullest jobs The Observer

We are currently going through one of those periodic phases of “automation anxiety” when we become convinced that the robots are coming for our jobs. These fears are routinely pooh-poohed by historians and economists. The historians point out that machines have been taking away jobs since the days of Elizabeth I – who refused to grant William Lee a patent on his stocking frame on the grounds that it would take work away from those who knitted by hand. And while the economists concede that machines do indeed destroy some jobs, they point out that the increased productivity that they enable has generally created more new jobs (and industries) than they displaced.

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13 July 2017

What We Lose When the World Moves On From Email New York Times

Though its political implications are yet unclear, the publication of an email chain in which Donald Trump Jr. arranged a June 2016 meeting with a lawyer peddling the Russian government’s help for his father’s presidential campaign ought to inspire some pretty obvious tech advice: Step away from the inbox, stupid!

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11 July 2017

Will Bitcoin Tear Itself Apart? Bloomberg

It’s time for bitcoin traders to batten down the hatches. The notoriously volatile cryptocurrency, whose 160 percent surge this year has captivated everyone from Wall Street bankers to Chinese grandmothers, could be headed for one of its most turbulent stretches yet.

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04 July 2017

Inside the darknet: where Australians buy and sell illegal goods The Guardian

“Our goal is to become known as the most consistent, reliable supplier of cocaine in the Aussie DNM scene,” the online listing reads. “It has been requested from a number of customers that we offer a more affordable option of cocaine so we have decided to bring out VALUE QUALITY cocaine.”

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30 June 2017

British teenagers among world's most extreme internet users, report says The Guardian

More than one in three British 15-year-olds are “extreme internet users” who spend at least six hours a day online – which is more than their counterparts in all the other 34 OECD countries apart from Chile, research has found.

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Porn use on the rise among Australian teens, researchers find link with mental health problems ABC News

More Australian teenagers are viewing porn and doing so at a younger age than ever before, according to new research.

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28 June 2017

Facebook hits 2 billion-user mark, doubling in size since 2012 Reuters

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday that 2 billion people are regularly using its flagship service, marching past another milestone in its growth from a college curiosity in the United States to the world's largest social media network.

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27 June 2017

Tech giants team up to fight extremism following cries that they allow terrorism The Guardian

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft have created a joint forum to counter terrorism following years of criticisms that the technology corporations have failed to block violent extremists and propaganda on their platforms.

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22 June 2017

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media BBC News

WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study.

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21 June 2017

Father of the internet, Vint Cerf: 'AI will make a lifetime of learning critical' Silicon Republic

Vint Cerf believes that to survive the next industrial revolution prompted by artificial intelligence and automation, people will need to become lifelong learners.

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20 June 2017

Facebook and Twitter being used to manipulate public opinion - report The Guardian

Propaganda on social media is being used to manipulate public opinion around the world, a new set of studies from the University of Oxford has revealed.

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19 June 2017

YouTube Sets New Policies to Curb Extremist Videos New York Times

YouTube has struggled for years with videos that promote offensive viewpoints but do not necessarily violate the company’s guidelines for removal. Now it is taking a new approach: Bury them.

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17 June 2017

Minitel, the Open Network Before the Internet The Atlantic

In 1991, most Americans had not yet heard of the internet. But all of France was online, buying, selling, gaming, and chatting, thanks to a ubiquitous little box that connected to the telephone. It was called Minitel.

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