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Web’s inventor warns about concentration of power that “control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared”

Online power being consolidated by a few large players has enabled them “to weaponise the web at scale” according to the man who invented it, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Sir Tim, who is founder of the Web Foundation, was marking his creation’s 29th anniversary. “This year marks a milestone in the web’s history: for the first time, we will cross the tipping point when more than half of the world’s populat...[Read More]

Seven myths of the social media age

The internet was expected to renew democracy, tackle the hegemony of the monopoly news providers and draw us all into a global community. Over the past six months, that idea has been undermined by a new myth which suggests that democracy is, in fact, being overturned by the spawn of the internet: Russian bots and fake news – and that news organisations are losing their power to keep people informe...[Read More]

Using blockchain to secure the internet of things

The world is full of connected devices – and more are coming. In 2017, there were an estimated 8.4 billion internet-enabled thermostats, cameras, streetlights and other electronics. By 2020 that number could exceed 20 billion, and by 2030 there could be 500 billion or more. Because they’ll all be online all the time, each of those devices – whether a voice-recognition personal assistant or a pay-b...[Read More]

Why social media are more like chocolate than cigarettes

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to the social platform last week to announce a call-out for ideas about how to measure the health of online conversations. The initiative follows recent demands for government to regulate the negative consequences of social media. Discussing the possibility of such regulations in January, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff compared social media with the tobacco industry, sayi...[Read More]

The selfie Olympics: What’s the impact of social media on performance?

There has always been a symbiotic relationship between media, sports and athletes. Sports provides content for media, which in turn promotes the performances of athletes. But the advent of social media has disrupted this traditional connection. Rather than relying solely on media to be the gatekeeper of sports news and information, athletes are now controlling their own narratives through Twitter,...[Read More]

How to use Youtube for all of your music streaming needs

We have all heard the statistics — like 300 hours worth of uploads per minute and other nigh-incomprehensible numbers — and its safe to say that no person will be able to watch all of the video content on YouTube in one lifetime. Or even several. A ridiculous amount of new video content is uploaded to the website daily, and we can’t keep up. It’s literally impossible and thatR...[Read More]

Do we want to live in a world where our ‘best friends’ are AI chatbots?

Before the internet, before smart phones, teenagers and young people would seek out quizzes in comics, read problem pages in girls magazines and watch television for advice on how to be themselves. Young people would share a love of pop stars, fashion and musical trends with each other in attempt to find an identity as they were growing up. Today, we are reportedly in times of extended adolescence...[Read More]

Level up your resume with LinkedIn Resume Assistant

Microsoft-owned LinkedIn first announced their new Resume Assistant feature late last year and it now has made its way to South Africa. Microsoft Office 365 users now have access to this tool, that is designed to integrate with Microsoft Word. Now you don’t need to hire and pay a CV writer in order to impress the folks at your next interview, you can just do it yourself. Like a real South African....[Read More]

Explainer: how Facebook has become the world’s largest echo chamber

I began my research career in the last century with an analysis of how news organisations were adapting to this strange new thing called “the Internet”. Five years later I signed up for Twitter and, a year after that, for Facebook. Now, as it celebrates its 14th birthday, Facebook is becoming ubiquitous, and its usage and impact is central to my (and many others’) research. In 2017 the social netw...[Read More]

Email has become our default means of business communication but these etiquette rules will makes it better for everyone

How many times have you been searching for an email and found yourself frustrated by how hard it is to find that particular mail you’re looking for? Part of the problem is that most people are blithely unaware of how useful the subject field is – because when you search for an email, the result is always the subject line. I can’t tell you how many people send me emails titled “St...[Read More]

How Facebook could really fix itself

Facebook has a world of problems. Beyond charges of Russian manipulation and promoting fake news, the company’s signature social media platform is under fire for being addictive, causing anxiety and depression, and even instigating human rights abuses. Company founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to win back users’ trust. But his company’s efforts so far have ignored the root causes of th...[Read More]

Strava storm: why everyone should check their smart gear security settings before going for a jog

Fitness tracking app Strava recently kicked off a privacy and security storm after it was revealed that its software had potentially exposed the location of secret military bases, courtesy of a data visualisation tool called a “heatmap”. The heatmap was created to depict the activities of Strava users across the globe. But while it’s a great idea in general (and quite a nice heatmap), a closer ins...[Read More]

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