Internet Use/New Technologies

13 November 2016

Good luck in making Google reveal its algorithm The Observer

On 25 October, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, wandered into unfamiliar territory - at least for a major politician. Addressing a media conference in Munich, she called on major internet companies to divulge the secrets of their algorithms on the grounds that their lack of transparency endangered public discourse. Her prime target appeared to be search engines such as Google and Bing, whose algorithms determine what you see when you type a search query into them. Given that, an internet user should have a right to know the logic behind the results presented to him or her.

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03 November 2016

How the Internet Is Loosening Our Grip on the Truth New York Times

Next week, if all goes well, someone will win the presidency. What happens after that is anyone's guess. Will the losing side believe the results? Will the bulk of Americans recognize the legitimacy of the new president? And will we all be able to clean up the piles of lies, hoaxes and other dung that have been hurled so freely in this hyper-charged, fact-free election?

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01 November 2016

Facebook Could Be Associated With a Longer Life, Study Finds New York Times

As our social lives have moved onto social media sites like Facebook over the past decade, there's been a lot of hand-wringing over what all that screen time might be doing to our health.

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29 October 2016

Seventy-five percent of internet use in 2017 will be mobile: report Reuters

Seventy-five percent of internet use will be mobile in 2017, up slightly from this year, as a growing number of consumers around the world access the web on smartphones and tablets, media buying agency Zenith forecast this week.

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27 October 2016

What New Zealanders think about the Internet by Jordan Carter, Chief Executive of InternetNZ InternetNZ

In our activity plan for this year, we committed to commissioning research about Kiwi attitudes to the Internet. We reinforced this commitment when we signed an agreement with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in May about our role as the designated manager for .nz.

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19 October 2016

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2017 Gartner

Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2017. Analysts presented their findings during the sold-out Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which is taking place here through Thursday.

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18 October 2016

Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots' BBC News

More than four times as many tweets were made by pro-Donald Trump bots in and around the first US presidential debate as the number made by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found.

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04 October 2016

On Twitter, Hate Speech Bounded Only by a Character Limit New York Times

If you go by what some Twitter users have to say, it's a wonder I can string together a sentence. I don't know how I ever manage to get myself to the office given what a "dumb ass" I am -- a Jew, no less, and someone who soils his pants out of fear of a Trump presidency. And if you don't believe that last bit, someone using a pseudonymous Twitter account was kind enough to provide a graphic photograph of the supposed soiling, but not his or her actual name, because it's just so much easier to hurl bile while cowering behind anonymity.

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30 September 2016

'Partnership on AI' formed by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft The Guardian

Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft are joining forces to create a new AI partnership dedicated to advancing public understanding of the sector, as well as coming up with standards for future researchers to abide by.

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28 September 2016

Facebook told to stop collecting German WhatsApp data BBC News

Facebook has been ordered by a German privacy regulator to stop collecting and storing the data of German users of its messaging app WhatsApp.

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27 September 2016

Twitter could take many forms, depending on new owner Reuters

With speculation mounting that Twitter Inc will soon have a new corporate owner, the 10-year-old social networking service - which has long struggled to define its core purpose -may end up heading in one of several distinctly different directions depending on who ends up paying for it.

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22 September 2016

Nokia touts latest breakthrough in achieving mega fast internet speeds

Imagine being able to download the entire Game of Thrones series in high definition in less than one second.

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20 September 2016

Why Facebook and Microsoft say chatbots are the talk of the town The Guardian

'Chatbots are the new apps," said Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year. He was not the first senior tech exec to make this claim.

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18 September 2016

China, India now world’s largest Internet markets: UN Broadband Commission releases new country-by-country data on state of broadband access worldwide International Telecommunication Union

​​​​India has overtaken the United States to become the world's second largest Internet market, with 333 million users, trailing China's 721 million. But a new report released today by the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development also confirms that just six nations - including China and India - together account for 55% of the total global population still offline, because of the sheer size of their populations.

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15 September 2016

European Commission plans free wi-fi in public spaces BBC News

The European Commission wants free wi-fi to be provided in public spaces across its member states within four years.

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Facebook, Twitter join network to tackle fake news Reuters

Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc have joined a network of over 30 news and technology companies to tackle fake news and improve the quality of information on social media, the group said on Tuesday.

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09 September 2016

DRM products are defective by design. Time to tell users what they're buying by Cory Doctorow The Guardian

Digital products are weird: they are inert without software to animate them, and software is so technologically and legally weird that it can be very hard to know exactly what you're buying.

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08 September 2016

Internet Of Things By The Numbers: What New Surveys Found Forbes

Things are looking up for the Internet of Things. 80% of organizations have a more positive view of IoT today compared to a year ago, according to a survey of 512 IT and business executives by CompTIA. "This reflects greater levels of attention from the C-suite and a better understanding of how the many different elements of the IoT ecosystem are starting to come together," says CompTIA. Here are the highlights from this and other recent surveys:

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01 September 2016

White nationalists use Twitter with 'relative impunity' - report Reuters

White nationalists and self-identified Nazi sympathizers located mostly in the United States use Twitter with "relative impunity" and often have far more followers than militant Islamists, a study being released on Thursday found.

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26 August 2016

WhatsApp users to receive adverts BBC News

WhatsApp says it will begin sharing more data with Facebook and will start letting some companies send messages to users.

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20 August 2016

98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you Washington Post

Say you're scrolling through your Facebook Newsfeed and you encounter an ad so eerily well-suited, it seems someone has possibly read your brain.

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19 August 2016

Twitter shuts 235,000 more 'extremist' accounts BBC News

Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts for violating its policies on the promotion of terrorism, the social network has said in a blog.

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Online voting could be really convenient. But it’s still probably a terrible idea. Washington Post

Election Day can sometimes feel like more of a headache than a patriotic celebration. Long lines and scheduling conflicts may leave voters wondering why there isn't an easier way to cast their ballots.

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16 August 2016

Social media dominates as destination of choice as Millennials shape Australian's future media habits: Deloitte Media Consumer Survey 2016 Deloitte

Social media is the dominant force across our media consumption behaviours, according to the fifth edition of Deloitte's annual Media Consumer Survey. It is not only impacting our entertainment preferences and how we consume news, but for the first time social reviews and recommendations have outstripped TV advertising in terms of their influence on buying decisions.

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13 August 2016

There's a new way to make strong passwords, and it’s way easier Washington Post

People tend to hate computer passwords, that often nonsensical jumble of letters, numbers and special keystrokes said to be essential for digital security. The secret codes seem impossible to remember. It's why every login page has a "Forgot password?" life preserver. The struggle even has a name: Password rage.

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