Internet Use/New Technologies

10 January 2017

Report: Apple, Google, Facebook, and Switch Are Leading Advocates for Renewable Energy Greenpeace

A new Greenpeace report, Clicking Clean: Who Is Winning the Race to Build a Green Internet?, finds that Apple, Google, Facebook, and newcomer Switch are leading the charge to build a renewably powered internet. These companies are coupling transitions of their data centers to clean energy with strong advocacy for access to renewable options. But while nearly 20 internet companies have now committed to 100 percent renewable energy, the reality is that much of the sector continues to grow rapidly in Asia and U.S. markets like Virginia, both of which have little to no renewable energy options.

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08 January 2017

Moral panic over fake news hides the real enemy – the digital giants by Evgeny Morozov The Observer

Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian referendum.

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03 January 2017

France Lets Workers Turn Off, Tune Out and Live Life New York Times

If the world does not envy the French enough already for their generous vacations, universal health care and fine food and wine, the arrival of 2017 brings this: a newly created "right to disconnect."

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02 January 2017

Android everywhere: If it has a screen, it will probably run Android soon Ars Technica

As the most popular OS on Earth, Android finds itself on a lot of different form factors. Sure, there are smartphones in countless different flavors, and Google has expanded the OS to cover tablets, watches, and TVs. But there's way more to the Android world than that.

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28 December 2016

Advertising's Moral Struggle: Is Online Reach Worth the Hurt? New York Times

Advertising on the internet has never been easier. Data and automation increasingly allow companies large and small to reach millions of people every month, and to tailor ads to specific groups based on their browsing habits or demographics.

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24 December 2016

Facebook break can boost wellbeing, study suggests The Guardian

Taking a break from Facebook can boost emotional wellbeing and life satisfaction, with the effects particularly pronounced among people who "lurk" on the social network without actively engaging with others, a study suggests.

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23 December 2016

Google is profiting from Holocaust denial, says Jewish museum The Guardian

A Jewish heritage museum has accused Google of profiting from Holocaust denial because it is paying to prevent a neo-Nazi website from appearing as the top result for "did the Holocaust happen".

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22 December 2016

Tweet with flashing images sent to epileptic writer BBC News

Vanity Fair and Newsweek writer Kurt Eichenwald has claimed he suffered an epileptic seizure after receiving a malicious tweet containing flashing images.

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For Millions of Immigrants, a Common Language: WhatsApp New York Times

When Facebook bought WhatsApp for more than $19 billion in 2014, Jan Koum, a founder of the messaging company, arranged to sign a part of the deal outside the suburban social services center where he had once waited in line to collect food stamps.

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21 December 2016

Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results BBC News

Google has said it is "thinking deeply" about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results - including ones discussing the Holocaust - were ranked.

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20 December 2016

Cuba announces home internet trial scheme in Havana BBC News

The Cuban government has announced a two-month trial scheme to allow internet access in private homes.

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18 December 2016

How to bump Holocaust deniers off Google's top spot? Pay Google The Observer

The Holocaust did not happen. At least not in the world of Google, it seems. One week ago, I typed "did the hol" into a Google search box and clicked on its autocomplete suggestion, "Did the Holocaust happen?" And there, at the top of the list, was a link to Stormfront, a neo-Nazi white supremacist website and an article entitled "Top 10 reasons why the Holocaust didn't happen".

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German courts should go after fake news on Facebook now: minister Reuters

German judges and state prosecutors need to crack down straight away on fake news disseminated through social media platforms such as Facebook, Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in an interview published on Sunday.

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17 December 2016

German officials say Facebook could be fined over hate speech posts The Guardian

German officials are stepping up their criticism of Facebook, saying the social network is doing too little to stop hate speech and could face stiff fines unless it deletes illegal content faster.

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16 December 2016

How Google's search algorithm spreads false information with a rightwing bias The Guardian

Google's search algorithm appears to be systematically promoting information that is either false or slanted with an extreme rightwing bias on subjects as varied as climate change and homosexuality.

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Facebook to roll out new tools to tackle fake news Reuters

Facebook Inc said on Thursday it will introduce tools to prevent fake news stories from spreading on its platform, an about-face in response to rising criticism that it did not do enough to combat the problem during the U.S. presidential campaign.

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15 December 2016

Google and Facebook to take 71% of UK online ad revenue by 2020 The Guardian

Google and Facebook will take more than 70% of all money spent on display advertising online in the UK by 2020, according to a report suggesting the firms will soon have an effective duopoly spanning the Atlantic.

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14 December 2016

AUT internet report reveals key trends in New Zealand's digital divide New Zealand Herald

Grey-haired Kiwis can no longer be called the digital dinosaurs of the internet. A recently released report shows people aged over 65 are becoming much more internet-savvy.

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12 December 2016

Instagram Introduces New Tools Meant to Curb Abuse and Expand Privacy New York Times

Instagram announced on Tuesday that it would be providing more tools for users to protect themselves and others from online abuse by allowing them to remove comments and filter out certain followers.

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11 December 2016

Hillary Clinton warns of 'fake news epidemic' BBC News

Losing US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for urgent action to stop the proliferation of "fake news".

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07 December 2016

Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017 New York Times

Last year, Google consumed as much energy as the city of San Francisco. Next year, it said, all of that energy will come from wind farms and solar panels.

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Europe Presses American Tech Companies to Tackle Hate Speech New York Times

European officials pushed on Tuesday for American technology giants to do more to tackle online hate speech across the region, adding to the chorus of policy makers worldwide demanding greater action from the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter.

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Facebook and Other Tech Companies Seek to Curb Flow of Terrorist Content New York Times

For all the good that has come from the internet, the online world has also served as a powerful device for recruiting terrorists and spreading their propaganda.

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06 December 2016

Google 'must review its search rankings because of rightwing manipulation' The Guardian

Google must urgently review its search ranking system because of "compelling" evidence that it is being "manipulated and controlled" by rightwing propagandists, leading academics have said, after the Observer reported that hate sites are now dominating searches on Muslims, Jews, Hitler and women.

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Web giants to cooperate on removal of extremist content Reuters

Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.

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