Internet Use/New Technologies

28 April 2017

Facebook admits: governments exploited us to spread propaganda The Guardian

Facebook has publicly acknowledged that its platform has been exploited by governments seeking to manipulate public opinion in other countries – including during the presidential elections in the US and France – and pledged to clamp down on such “information operations”.

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27 April 2017

Why Instagram Is Becoming Facebook's Next Facebook New York Times

At a recent all-hands meeting with employees, Kevin Systrom, a founder and chief executive of Instagram, showed off one of his favorite charts: Days to Reach the Next 100 Million Users.

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26 April 2017

Google search changes tackle fake news and hate speech BBC News

Google is changing the way its core search engine works to help stop the spread of fake news and hate speech.

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25 April 2017

Wikipedia founder to fight fake news with new Wikitribune site The Guardian

Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching a new online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.

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21 April 2017

Experts say automated accounts sharing fake news ahead of French election Reuters

French voters are being deluged with false stories on social media ahead of the country's presidential election, though the onslaught of "junk news" is not as severe as that during last year's U.S. presidential campaign, according to a study by Oxford University researchers.

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20 April 2017

Why Facebook Keeps Beating Every Rival: It's the Network, of Course New York Times

The tech world just witnessed a robbery. The heist was so brazen you kind of had to admire it, even if it was pulled off with all the grace of a gas station stickup.

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Facebook has 60 people working on how to read your mind The Guardian

Decrying how addictive and attention-sapping smartphones have become was an unexpected way for an executive at Facebook, a company that profits off your attention, to open a talk. But that’s exactly how Regina Dugan, the head of Facebook’s innovation skunkworks Building 8, started her presentation at the company’s developer conference F8 on Wednesday.

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17 April 2017

The next-generation operating model for the digital world McKinsey

Companies know where they want to go. They want to be more agile, quicker to react, and more effective. They want to deliver great customer experiences, take advantage of new technologies to cut costs, improve quality and transparency, and build value.

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16 April 2017

New Thinking on Innovation Centre for International Governance Innovation

Innovation is at the centre of the current economic policy discourse in Canada. Innovation drives productivity and with it, standards of living. Innovation is the process of using ideas, typically in the form of intellectual property (IP), to offer new or improved products or services for the same or lower overall cost of production.

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15 April 2017

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85 New York Times

Like many inventions, the internet was the work of countless hands. But perhaps no one deserves more credit for that world-changing technological leap than Robert W. Taylor, who died on Thursday at 85 at his home in Woodside, Calif.

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13 April 2017

Artificial intelligence coming sooner than you think, experts say ABC News

If you have seen the latest Wolverine movie, Logan, you might have noticed a crucial scene where automated trucks speed up and down the highways of the United States.

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11 April 2017

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars New York Times

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada — backed by the Canadian government and universities — were laying the groundwork for today’s boom in artificial intelligence.

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10 April 2017

Google to display fact-checking labels to show if news is true or false The Guardian

Google is to start displaying fact-checking labels in its search results to highlight news and information that has been vetted and show whether it is considered to be true or false, as part of its efforts to help combat the spread of misinformation and fake news.

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How Apple and Microsoft are keeping the desktop off its deathbed Washington Post

Apple this week announced some minor upgrades to its Mac Pro desktop computer, which it says will be followed by a major overhaul of its high-end Mac. It's been four years since Apple announced any sort of update for the computer, leading some to worry that the company — which famously worked to usher in a “post-PC” era — was letting mobile overshadow the humble desktop.

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07 April 2017

How Google and Facebook's trillion-dollar duopoly strangles the internet Australian Financial Review

They are two of the most astonishing success stories in the history of capitalism. In the space of a few years, Google and Facebook have amassed a collective market value of nearly $US1 trillion (A$1.3 trillion), and created a global duopoly in digital advertising that looks unassailable.

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Facebook to tackle fake news with educational campaign BBC News

Facebook is launching an educational tool as part of measures it is taking to counter fake news.

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06 April 2017

Facebook revenge porn to be blocked from reposts BBC News

Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms.

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Social media firms faces huge hate speech fines in Germany BBC News

German ministers have approved plans to fine social media firms up to €50m if they fail to remove hate speech and fake news quickly.

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04 April 2017

Germany wants G20 drive for global fast internet by 2025 Reuters

Germany wants to use its presidency of the Group of 20 major economies to promote fast internet for all, agree common technical standards and promote lifelong digital learning, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said.

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03 April 2017

Google Training Ad Placement Computers to Be Offended New York Times

Over the years, Google trained computer systems to keep copyrighted content and pornography off its YouTube service. But after seeing ads from Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart appear next to racist, anti-Semitic or terrorist videos, its engineers realized their computer models had a blind spot: They did not understand context.

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Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results. New York Times

As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month. It is the sort of eye-popping number that has become the norm these days for big companies that use automated tools to reach consumers online.

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30 March 2017

Publishers Retreat From the Risks of Google-YouTube Advertising New York Times

When The Guardian was made aware this month that some of its advertisements were appearing on YouTube videos from extremists, it quickly pulled its marketing across Google. That move, prompted by reporting in The Times of London, began a broader advertiser exodus that has now extended to the United States, amid concern that the technology giant is not doing enough to prevent brands from showing up next to offensive content.

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Mobile now accounts for nearly 70% of digital media time Search Engine Land

Time spent with digital media continues to grow — but that growth is all mobile. Last week, comScore released its “2017 US Cross-Platform Future in Focus” report, which tracks consumer usage patterns across digital media channels and platforms.

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28 March 2017

Brands Try to Blacklist Breitbart, but Ads Slip Through Anyway New York Times

Since the presidential election, hundreds of companies have decided to block their advertisements from running on Breitbart News, the alt-right website closely tied to President Trump’s administration. But several of those brands, from the Nordstrom department store chain to small start-ups, have appeared on the site anyway, another example of how little control companies often have over where their ads are seen online.

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Are we finally reacting to the disruptive supremacy of Facebook and Google? by Will Hutton The Observer

The internet celebrated its 28th birthday a fortnight ago. It’s an invention that ranks alongside the wheel, immunisation against disease and the internal combustion engine as a transformer of human existence. As an open information digital connector, it is an extraordinary force for individual liberation, embodying the very best of Enlightenment values: more information is available to more people through their mobile phones and personal computers than ever before.

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