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Why do so many people fall for fake profiles online?

The first step in conducting online propaganda efforts and misinformation campaigns is almost always a fake social media profile. Phony profiles for nonexistent people worm their way into the social networks of real people, where they can spread their falsehoods. But neither social media companies nor technological innovations offer reliable […]

Apple acquires Shazam and promises an ad-free app from now on

Shazam is probably one of the more innovative apps available. Pretty much every person who has listened to music in a public space has thought “I wonder what this song is called?” at some stage and Shazam neatly stepped in to provide solutions to those musings. Obviously Apple feels the […]

Twitter initially laughed off the hashtag and now it’s a truly global internet phenomenon

Just over 11 years ago a small word entered our global internet lexicon and is now a part of our cultural firmament: the hashtag. It was first used on August 23 2007 by Chris Messina, who – appropriately – tweeted: “how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As […]

AI: there’s a reason it’s so bad at conversation

“I’m sorry, I didn’t quite get that.” Anyone who has ever tried to have a deeper conversation with a virtual assistant like Siri knows how frustrating it can be. That’s despite the fact that AI systems like it are increasingly pushing into our lives, with new success stories on an […]

Big Tech is overselling AI as the solution to online extremism

In mid-September the European Union threatened to fine the Big Tech companies if they did not remove terrorist content within one hour of appearing online. The change came because rising tensions are now developing and being played out on social media platforms. Social conflicts that once built up in backroom meetings and […]

Digital government isn’t working in the developing world. Here’s why

The digital transformation of society has brought many immediate benefits: it’s created new jobs and services, boosted efficiency and promoted innovation. But when it comes to improving the way we govern, the story is not that simple. It seems reasonable to imagine introducing digital information and communication technologies into public […]

British Airways hacking: how not to respond to a cyber attack

Chaos appears to reign at British Airways, where hackers stole the details of around 380,000 customer bookings. There have been some poor responses to cyber attacks on major companies in the past, but the airline’s actions in this case could be one of weakest in recent history. Part of this may […]

A nostalgic journey through the evolution of web design

The World Wide Web was invented almost 30 years ago by Tim Berners Lee to help people easily share information around the world. Over the following decades, it has changed significantly – both in terms of design and functionality, as well its deeper role in modern society. Just as the architectural style […]

Cell C launches a converged ‘entertainment package’ called MediaPlay

In other parts of the world, you can get all of your communication necessities along with your entertainment indulgences from one company. Which means one bill, and one call centre to contend with when things go wrong. The appeal is obvious. Now mobile operator Cell C has launched a converged […]

Fax machines and coffee pots – the surprising ways you could be hacked

Hopefully you protect your computers from cyber attacks. You might have anti-virus software on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop. You might avoid using them to visit suspicious websites and carefully protect your various login details. But it’s no longer just what we typically think of as computers that are […]

Google at 20: how a search engine became a literal extension of our mind

We are losing our minds to Google. After 20 years, Google’s products have become integrated into our everyday lives, altering the very structure of our cognitive architecture, and our minds have expanded out into cyberspace as a consequence. This is not science fiction, but an implication of what’s known as […]

MTN launches their fibre service called Süpersonic

If your neighbourhood has been blessed by the fibre gods, chances are you’ve got a fibre connection or are thinking about getting one. And while the selection of ISPs is growing by the day, you might be more interested in a network you already know, which is why MTN launched […]

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