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Millennial make their own language for digital communication

Millennial teenager mobile communication lanaguage

Once upon a time, language was simple. First ‘good’ was good. Then ‘bad’ was good, and then good was ‘wicked’.

Somewhere along the line good became ‘sick’, but long before that I realised I was too old to keep up.

Now young people’s approach to language appears to have entered a whole new evolutionary era. Read the rest of this entry »


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Art selfie app sees Google Arts & Culture go viral

Google Arts Culture Selfie matching app web

Google has done some amazing work in arts and culture, offering virtual access to some of the world’s greatest museums, art galleries and historical sites.

From the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, they’re all available to explore online.

But the company, which says it’s always looking for new and creative ways to connect people with arts and culture, appears to have a masterpiece of its own on its hands. Read the rest of this entry »

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The ugly and the bad, but also the good, as seen in Google’s 2017 Year in Search

Google search trends 2017

The world’s search history is a revealing repository, and this year’s reveals a lot about how bad 2017 was.

From Hurricane Irma to Las Vegas Shooting, North Korea to Harvey Weinstein (and Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer…), Google’s global search trends paint a pretty dismal picture of the year. 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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