Internet Use/New Technologies

16 March 2017

Google tells army of 'quality raters' to flag Holocaust denial The Guardian

Google is using a 10,000-strong army of independent contractors to flag “offensive or upsetting” content, in order to ensure that queries like “did the Holocaust happen” don’t push users to misinformation, propaganda and hate speech.

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15 March 2017

Could Google rankings skew an election? New group aims to find out. Washington Post

A researcher who long has argued that rankings on Google and other search engines can skew elections will announce plans on Tuesday to establish a global monitoring system to detect and counter the political effects of such alleged bias.

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Facebook and Twitter Could Face Fines in Germany Over Hate Speech Posts New York Times

Social media giants including Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to curb hate speech on their platforms and could face fines of up to $53 million if they do not strengthen their efforts to delete illegal posts, a German government minister said on Tuesday.

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14 March 2017

How the internet found a better way than illegible squiggles to prove you're not a robot The Guardian

The experience of squinting at distorted text, puzzling over small images, or even simply clicking on a checkbox to prove you aren’t a robot could soon be over, if a new Google service takes off.

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12 March 2017

World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news BBC News

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has unveiled a plan to tackle data abuse and fake news.

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01 March 2017

YouTube viewers now consuming 1B hours of video content a day Marketing Land

YouTube says people around the world are now consuming a billion hours of video content per day on the site.

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27 February 2017

Study reveals bot-on-bot editing wars raging on Wikipedia's pages The Guardian

For many it is no more than the first port of call when a niggling question raises its head. Found on its pages are answers to mysteries from the fate of male anglerfish, the joys of dorodango, and the improbable death of Aeschylus.

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25 February 2017

Australian kids now spending more time online than watching television, survey shows ABC News

Children now spend more time on the internet than watching television, according to a survey of young Australians aged six to 13.

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A battle rages for the future of the Web: Should the WWW be locked down with DRM? Tim Berners-Lee needs to decide, and soon. Ars Technica

The W3C, led by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, looks set to standardise DRM-enabling Encrypted Media Extensions in browsers, a move that betrays the founding principles of the open Web.

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Demystifying the Dark Web: What It Is and Where to Find It Fortune

As you may know, the “web” runs deeper than that network of hyperlinked pages you’re browsing right now.

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21 February 2017

WhatsApp improves message security with two-step verification The Guardian

WhatsApp is implementing a new two-step verification process to boost security for users.

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18 February 2017

Reports: digital, especially mobile, driving trillions in offline retail spending Marketing Land

The $354 billion in 2016 e-commerce sales is small potatoes compared with offline retail spending: over $4.5 trillion according to US government figures. But what’s also larger than e-commerce is offline spending influenced by the internet — between $1 and $2 trillion, depending on the estimate.

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17 February 2017

Google hails net balloon 'breakthrough' BBC News

Researchers at Google say they are “years closer” to rolling out a network of huge balloons to provide connectivity to rural areas.

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02 February 2017

The Alt-Majority: How Social Networks Empowered Mass Protests Against Trump New York Times

The presidency of Donald J. Trump has been noteworthy for its speed. In his first week in office, as the president's aides won't tire of reminding us, Mr. Trump has already put in motion plans to do much of what he promised to do while campaigning.

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26 January 2017

In Race Against Fake News, Google and Facebook Stroll to the Starting Line New York Times

Google and Facebook have been taking steps to curb the number of false news articles propagated across their sites. On Wednesday, the Silicon Valley companies showed that they were still in the early stages of their battle to limit misinformation online.

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24 January 2017

US Survey: Mobile devices eclipse PC usage and, in a surprise, drive more conversions Marketing Land

Many industry insiders expect mobile commerce to eclipse PC-based sales in the relatively near future. A new online survey from Fluent argues that may already be starting to happen.

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23 January 2017

Sorry cats, doggos run the internet now BBC News

Like many a BBC reporter before, I come to you with news of a coup, and perhaps the most significant transition of power you'll read about this weekend. Cats on the internet are over. Done. "Cheezburgers" are off the menu. Play yourself out, Keyboard Cat.

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17 January 2017

WhatsApp vulnerability explained: by the man who discovered it The Guardian

There was an outcry when the Guardian published my information regarding a vulnerability within WhatsApp's implementation of end-to-end encryption, but much of the response misses the point.

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Facebook to roll out fake news tools in Germany BBC News

Facebook is introducing new tools in Germany to help combat the spread of fabricated news stories.

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Battery with inbuilt 'fire extinguisher' developed BBC News

Researchers have designed a lithium-ion battery that contains a fire-extinguishing material, which is released if the battery gets too hot.

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14 January 2017

Electroshock Therapy for Internet Addicts? China Vows to End It New York Times

At the Addiction Treatment Center in eastern China, more than 6,000 internet addicts -- most of them teenagers -- not only had their web access taken away, they were also treated with electroshock therapy.

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12 January 2017

Facebook, Nodding to Its Role in Media, Starts a Journalism Project New York Times

Facebook is increasingly owning up to its role as one of the world's largest distributors of information by taking more responsibility for the millions of stories that flow through its site.

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How Netflix Is Deepening Our Cultural Echo Chambers New York Times

When "One Day at a Time" started its run on CBS in December 1975, it became an instant hit and remained so for almost a decade.

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11 January 2017

Facebook has created a monster it cannot tame CNN

Last week, two men and two women were arrested and now face hate crime and kidnapping charges for the abduction and torture of a man in Chicago. The city is notorious for its violent crime. The difference this time was that the crime was broadcast live to thousands of viewers around the world through Facebook.

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10 January 2017

Maybe the Internet Isn’t a Fantastic Tool for Democracy After All New York Magazine

My favorite story about the internet is the one about the anonymous Japanese guy who liberated Czechoslovakia. In 1989, as open dissent was spreading across the country, dissidents were attempting to coordinate efforts outside the watchful eye of Czechoslovak state security. The internet was a nascent technology, and the cops didn't use it; modems were banned, and activists were able to use only those they could smuggle over the border, one at a time. Enter our Japanese guy. Bruce Sterling, who first told the story of the Japanese guy in a 1995 Wired article, says he talked to four different people who'd met the quiet stranger, but no one knew his name. What really mattered, anyway, is what he brought with him: "a valise full of brand-new and unmarked 2400-baud Taiwanese modems," which he handed over to a group of engineering students in Prague before walking away. "The students," Sterling would later write, "immediately used these red-hot 2400-baud scorcher modems to circulate manifestos, declarations of solidarity, rumors, and riot news." Unrest expanded, the opposition grew, and within months, the Communist regime collapsed.

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