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The web had failed to serve humanity: Tim Berners-Lee was crushed when Russia used Facebook to meddle in U.S. elections

July 6th, 2018 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was “devastated” by recent abuses of the web, in an interview with Vanity Fair. He is working on a new platform, named Solid, to re-decentralise the internet and take power away from monopolies like Google and Facebook. He still has hope that the internet can become […]



Facebook develops AI to open your damn eyes in photos

June 26th, 2018 at 8:36 am » Comments Off

Karen, you don’t need a puppy dog filter, you just need to stop blinking in the Christmas photo! Facebook wants to recreate eyes in photos using AI. There’s always one person. Seventeen takes. And Karen’s blinking. But no need to host an intervention — Facebook plans to fix your photos with AI.



Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

June 6th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’ Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according […]



Facebook plans to create its own cryptocurrency

May 14th, 2018 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

Facebook is exploring the creation of its own cryptocurrency, a virtual token that would allow its billions of users around the world to make electronic payments, people familiar with Facebook’s plans told Cheddar. “They are very serious about it,” said one of the people, who asked not to be identified discussing unannounced plans.



Face-swapping videos could lead to more ‘fake news’

April 15th, 2018 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Fake news has been a problem swamping the internet. Now there is a way to make fake videos with nothing more than your laptop. FakeApp can be used to make fake videos of people using images or other videos of them. Several social media platforms are filled with these deepfakes. While the technology still needs […]



Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent ‘weaponised’ web

March 19th, 2018 at 7:12 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee: ‘What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms.’ Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has called for large technology firms to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”. The web can […]



Dawn of the techlash

February 21st, 2018 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Once seen as saviours of democracy, tech giants are now viewed as threats to truth. But how did our faith in all things digital turn into an erosion of trust, particularly in the arena of information and politics? Mark Zuckerberg: ‘Facebook was built to accomplish a social mission – to make the world more open […]



Facebook’s first president admits social media exploits “a vulnerability in human psychology”

November 12th, 2017 at 7:32 pm » Comments Off

Maybe being on Facebook all the time isn’t good, says early leader of Facebook.



Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy—it’s replacing it

October 11th, 2017 at 10:22 am » Comments Off

If you want to understand the threat that Silicon Valley poses to culture at large, consider Apple’s $5 billion headquarters. The Cupertino, California, building may seem like paradise to some, with striking architecture—a donut-shaped building featuring the world’s largest piece of curved glass—and lavish details like iPhone-inspired elevator buttons and patented pizza boxes that prevent […]



Facebook just bid $600 million to stream Indian cricket matches. Will it try NFL games next?

September 23rd, 2017 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg didn’t get the IPL but he may have a shot at pro football.



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