Katharine Kemp, UNSW
Australia’s consumer watchdog has recommended major changes to our consumer protection and privacy laws. If these reforms are adopted, consumers will have much more say about how we deal with Google, Facebook, and other businesses.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was caught discussing the censorship of anti-migrant posts at the United Nations development summit Saturday while speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to CNBC, the pair were picked up by a hot mic after Merkel … Read the rest
Facebook pledged Monday to combat racist hate speech on its German-language network amid an upsurge in xenophobic comments online as Germany faces an unprecedented influx of refugees.
The US social media network said it would encourage “counter speech” and step … Read the rest
Social media network company Facebook, has opened its first office in Africa and South Africa is the host country.
The office is based in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. It is aimed at furthering the company’s commitment to help businesses connect … Read the rest
In Pegida’s first ever press conference in Dresden on Monday, Lutz Bachmann insisted that the group was not racist, and distanced themselves from footage during a lively television debate showing Pegida demonstrators delivering racist remarks.
Bachmann has been most keen … Read the rest
Edward Snowden has hit out at Dropbox and other services he says are “hostile to privacy,” urging web users to abandon unencrypted communication and adjust privacy settings to prevent governments from spying on them in increasingly intrusive ways.
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A pupil at King David School, in Linksfield, Johannesburg, has complained to the SA Human Rights Commission that he has been bullied and discriminated against for his views on Israel.
The Grade 12 pupil said: “If you are critical of … Read the rest
Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700 000 users to understand “emotional contagion” in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive.
For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to … Read the rest
Facebook is in negotiations to buy a drone manufacturer with the aim of using high-altitude autonomous aircraft to beam internet connections to isolated communities in Africa.
The social networking company is one of the main backers of the internet.org project, … Read the rest
We mapped the Facebook fans of some of the most violent jihadi organizations in the world.
Pop stars, sports teams and Hollywood actors aren’t the only ones with global followings on Facebook. Jihadis, too, have lots of rabid fans from … Read the rest
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Sunday he was “very surprised” at people who were critical of his decision to praise Nelson Mandela this week, standing by his admiration for Mandela’s “very long, deep commitment to freedom.”
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A Vietnamese activist received a 15 month suspended prison sentence Tuesday for “abusing democratic freedoms” through his Facebook posts –part of an escalating crackdown on dissent by the communist regime.
Dinh Nhat Uy, 30, was convicted at the end of … Read the rest
American technology companies like Google and Facebook were put on the defensive when Edward Snowden’s allegations about U.S.-government surveillance of Internet traffic emerged this spring. Outside the U.S., some companies and politicians saw an opportunity.
Three of Germany’s largest email … Read the rest
Say you’re a government that recently faced massive public opposition that organized through social media, bad enough you considered banning Twitter outright. What’s your next step?
If you’re Turkey, you start playing that game yourself.
The country’s ruling Justice and … Read the rest