Internet Use/New Technologies

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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16 June 2017

Internet founding father Vint Cerf warns of need to protect users Irish Times

One of the founding fathers of the internet has said more must be done to ensure that people are protected from harm online while also warning of the threat of a “digital dark age” for humanity.

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Facebook Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Find Extremist Posts New York Times

Responding to complaints that not enough is being done to keep extremist content off social media platforms, Facebook said Thursday that it would begin using artificial intelligence to help remove inappropriate content.

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11 June 2017

Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail New York Times

Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants — many based in Asia — quickly pop up.

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08 June 2017

Four ways social media companies and security agencies can tackle terrorism The Conversation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May in calling on social media companies to crack down on extremist material being published by users.

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Facebook's Role in European Elections Under Scrutiny New York Times

Lawrence Dodd lives in one of Britain’s most fiercely fought voting districts, and he has been peppered almost daily with ads from the country’s major political parties on Facebook. About a month ago, he tried to find out why.

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04 June 2017

US can ask visa applicants for social media history BBC News

The Trump administration has approved plans to ask US visa applicants for details of their social media use.

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02 June 2017

How Twitter Is Being Gamed to Feed Misinformation New York Times

After last year’s election, Facebook came in for a drubbing for its role in propagating misinformation — or “fake news,” as we called it back then, before the term became a catchall designation for any news you don’t like. The criticism was well placed: Facebook is the world’s most popular social network, and millions of people look to it daily for news.

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Social media firms have increased removals of online hate speech - EU Reuters

Social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google's YouTube have stepped up both the speed and number of removals of hate speech on their platforms in response to pressure from the European Union to do more to tackle the issue, according to the results of an EU evaluation.

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01 June 2017

Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this by Cory Doctorow The Guardian

Here’s the bad news: technology – specifically, surveillance technology – makes it easier to police disaffected populations, and that gives badly run, corrupt states enough stability to get themselves into real trouble.

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Europe Flunks Twitter on Removing Hate Speech Online New York Times

Twitter has failed to meet European standards for removing hate speech online, figures to be published Thursday show, as pressure mounts, particularly on the Continent, for tech companies to do more to tackle such harmful material.

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Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy BBC News

The Islamic State militant group (IS) is fighting on many fronts against those seeking to defeat it. One of those fronts is a digital one.

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29 May 2017

Hay Festival 2017: Stephen Fry's warning for the web BBC News

Stephen Fry has issued a stark warning to prepare for the internet of the future, or face the worst of science fiction's predictions.

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28 May 2017

Mark Zuckerberg tells Harvard grads that automation will take jobs, and it's up to millennials to create more Washington Post

Mark Zuckerberg finally has his Harvard degree. The Facebook CEO and famous college dropout left the Ivy League university 12 years ago to found the social network, but he returned Thursday to pick up a honorary doctor of laws degree and drop some wisdom on the class of 2017.

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25 May 2017

Sentiment analysis: How the internet knows if you're happy or sad The Conversation

Think about what you shared with your friends on Facebook today. Was it feelings of stress or failure, or perhaps joy, love or excitement?

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Sorry everyone: on the internet, you're always the product The Conversation

Anyone who spends much time online knows the saying: “If you’re not paying, you’re the product”. That’s not exactly correct. On the internet, you’re nearly always the product. And while most internet users know that some of their personal data is being collected and monetised, few are aware of the sheer scale of the issue, particularly when it comes to apps.

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24 May 2017

At Facebook we get things wrong – but we take our safety role seriously by Monika Bickert, Facebook's head of global policy management The Guardian

Last month, people shared several horrific videos on Facebook of Syrian children in the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack. The videos, which also appeared elsewhere on the internet, showed the children shaking, struggling to breathe and eventually dying.

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Why Facebook's censorship problem may not get any better any time soon Washington Post

Leaked documents on how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content, as published in the Guardian, further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2 billion users. It also shows that its censorship problem may not be solvable any time soon.

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Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff Washington Post

Google has begun using billions of credit-card transaction records to prove that its online ads are prompting people to make purchases – even when they happen offline in brick-and-mortar stores, the company said Tuesday.

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23 May 2017

Facebook flooded with 'sextortion' and revenge porn, files reveal The Guardian

Facebook had to assess nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the site in a single month, according to a leaked document.

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22 May 2017

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence The Guardian

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

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20 May 2017

'The Internet Is Broken': @ev Is Trying to Salvage It New York Times

Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora’s box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.

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19 May 2017

Facebook and Twitter 'harm young people's mental health' The Guardian

Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young people’s mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organisations.

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18 May 2017

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future New York Times

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb start-up will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin singing I-told-you-sos. But don’t be fooled by expensive juice. The idea that Silicon Valley no longer funds big things isn’t just wrong, but also obtuse and fairly dangerous. Look at the cars, the rockets, the internet-beaming balloons and gliders, the voice assistants, drones, augmented and virtual reality devices, and every permutation of artificial intelligence you’ve ever encountered in sci-fi. Technology companies aren’t just funding big things — they are funding the biggest, most world-changing things. They are spending on ideas that, years from now, we may come to see as having altered life for much of the planet.

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13 May 2017

Amazon, Google and Facebook now drive the economy Australian Financial Review

Asked a few weeks ago what kept him up at night one of Australia's leading investment bankers replied three companies, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

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