Why Russian trolls may be more excited that the NFL is back than you are

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Millions of Americans are looking forward to the return of Sunday NFL football this weekend. And somewhere in St. Petersburg, a group of Russian trolls likely is too. The same Kremlin-linked group that posed as Americans on social media during the 2016 US presidential election has repeatedly exploited the controversy surrounding the NFL and players… Read more »

Google defends Trump election reaction

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Google has defended the way its bosses greeted the election of Donald Trump, after criticism by right-wing media. A video published on Wednesday by the Breitbart website shows senior executives commenting the morning after the 2016 election. During the 60-minute presentation, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said he found the election “deeply offensive”. Breitbart said the… Read more »

Here’s How Washington Could Really Unfriend Facebook

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Congress has warned Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook Inc. chief executive, that the era of self-regulation for social media is likely over, following Facebook’s data breach and Russia’s use of the social-media behemoth in its disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Zuckerberg agreed regulation is inevitable, even desirable. But how far it should go —… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to fix Facebook. His employees keep getting in the way.

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A Facebook executive disclosed that the company wasn’t yet sure how to put in place Zuckerberg’s latest major directive: shifting the company’s metrics so that “meaningful interactions” are valued over likes and clicks, a response to the misinformation and reports about the harms of social media that drew attention last year. Source: Washington Post Date: March 1st,… Read more »

Why Net Neutrality Will Be a Campaign Issue in 2018

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IF YOU’RE SICK of hearing about net neutrality, we’ve got bad news: The issue’s only going to get bigger. Now that the Federal Communications Commission has jettisoned its rules banning internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against lawful content, the issue is heading for Congress. And if the activists who first brought the issue into the limelight… Read more »

Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

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A unit of Google’s parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology can improve the quality of city life. On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet Inc., and the government agency Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership in… Read more »

Digital Solutions Can Help Even the Poorest Nations Prosper

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AMONG THE SPENDING choices for governments of poorer nations, kick-starting the technological revolution may at first seem like a low priority. Compared with critical infrastructure, healthcare, or schools, improved digital access and less waiting times for birth certificates feel like luxuries that should come further down the road, or perhaps be left to private enterprise. But… Read more »

Russia, Facebook, the US election and when 126 million isn’t 126 million

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As many as 126 million Americans may have seen content uploaded to Facebook by Russia-based operatives since 2015.  That’s nearly half of the 270 million Americans who are old enough to be allowed a Facebook profile.  The figure comes from the social network itself, which along with Google and Twitter, is preparing for a Senate hearing where… Read more »