Archive for category The Online World

Building trust to defeat fake news

Fake News Chicago Trump Tower Beau Rogers

Every day some 50,000 web pages come online, offering a smorgasbord of information to consume, but when it comes to news do people really want to know what’s behind the stories they read online?

The Trust Project is hoping they do and recently launched digital standards to show things like who wrote a story, whether it’s news or opinion and who owns the site publishing it.

The Project, a consortia that includes the likes of The Economist, The Washington Post and 75 other news organisations, as well as online giants like Google and Facebook, hope it will raise the profile of quality journalism. Read the rest of this entry »

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Looking into our online lives with The Glass Room

The Glass Room Mozilla Tactical Technology Collective

What is personal data in an age where data is everything but personal?

That’s the question posed by The Glass Room, a pop-up interactive exhibition of artists, activists and technologists on London’s Charing Cross Road that runs until Sunday.

Put on by Berlin-based non-profit Tactical Tech and Mozilla, the non-for-profit behind the Firefox web browser, it aims to reveal some of the all-too-easily overlooked dynamics of living in a digital age. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are they getting their digital five a day?

Social media kids children digital 5 a day

Pic: Suspense by Hernán Piñera @ Flickr

As I write this my younger son is watching yet another Minecraft video, while his older brother updates his Snapchat story – neither of which are uncommon, given that it’s the school holidays.

Getting children’s on- and off-line balance right is an ever-present slog, as I’m sure it is for many, many parents, so the recently-released government guidelines on the time kids spend online should be welcome.

Certainly UK children’s commissioner Anne Longfield’s attacks earlier this month on internet firms’ methods for hooking children into ever-greater use of their sites and apps were timely. Read the rest of this entry »

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The world’s most digitally advanced countries

Digital Evolution Index Harvard_Business Review World Economic Forum

First introduced in the Harvard Business Review in 2015, the Digital Evolution Index aims to trace the emergence of a ‘digital planet’ as technology displaces traditional interactions.

Recently given its first update, the Index analyses the state and rate of digital evolution across 60 countries, placing them into one of four zones. Read the rest of this entry »

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Slower speeds for faster growth as online firms continue adapting to India’s mobile market

World Bank cellphone mobile India

Community meeting in Aurangabad, India (Pic: World Bank)

To describe the growth of the internet in India as explosive probably downplays the rate of change taking place.

Every second three more Indians come online for the first time, adding another 10,000 people every hour to the country’s online user base.

So it’s no surprise that internet firms – particularly those of a social nature – are working hard to overcome barriers to access that range from low-powered phones to 2G connections to very little data. Read the rest of this entry »

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The robots are coming

Robot Graffiti Peter Merholz

The European Commission is not necessarily best known for its lightning reactions, but you do know that when it gets its teeth into something it’s not likely to let go.

So it may again prove to be with a technology that already seemed to be everywhere in 2016 and this year shows every sign of continuing that trend. Read the rest of this entry »

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The transition of digital power

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

Once upon a time the transition of digital power meant nothing more complicated than removing the ‘W’ keys from White House keyboards to frustrate the incoming 43rd president’s staff.

Nowadays things have progressed much further and President Obama can quite rightfully claim to be the first US president of the social media age. Read the rest of this entry »

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