The weird world of Facebook communities. "Peacock spotted on the loose on Broadmoor St, Kenmore Hills in case anyone's missing theirs," writes Sunny on the '4069 Community and Surrounds' Facebook page on December 12.
"Anybody in Kenmore Hills lost a peacock? He's on my roof," asks Karen on December 13. On December 17, a bemused Debora says: "Did anyone else see the peacock and hen on Bilby Road this morning? It was quite a surprise and a treat, just wonder where they came from? " The 4069 group is abuzz, palavering about peacocks. The peacock posts became prevalent on the page over the Christmas and New Year period, but there was still plenty of the usual; people asking about snakes in their yards, others looking for an electrician, someone whose lawnmower is on the fritz, warnings about youths poking around the front doors of houses in the wee hours. The question every politician should be asking is, what does Mark Zuckerberg want with us? You can say Mark Zuckerberg puts you in mind of a lot of things.
An efit of a man police would like to speak to in connection with supermarket food tampering. A pink and overscrubbed supervillain – Lex Loofah – or the classical bust of a Roman emperor who’s paused the rollout of his hair feature, and lists his hobbies as “flaying” and “indifference”. Ultimately, though, the most alarming way of looking at the Facebook boss is just factually: he’s the world’s most powerful oligarch, selling the lives of 2.7 billion monthly active users to advertisers, and actually modifying the behaviour of those users with a business model that deliberately amplifies incendiary, nasty, and frequently fake and dangerous things because that’s what keeps you on his platform longer. Will deplatforming make QAnon and the far-right fade away or radicalise further? As President Joe Biden was sworn in this week, QAnon forums descended into despair, confusion and wounded anger.
"It's over and nothing makes sense," read one message thread title on the largest of these forums. "He sold us out," a believer wrote. It-makes-you-want-to-throw-your-phone-in-the-bin-the-film-turning-teens-off-social-media-20200926-p55zhi. "It just makes you want to stop and throw your phone in the bin it's so eye-opening.
" The documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival early this year but hit Netflix this month and is trending online and among parents who have long worried about the impact social media has on kids' self-esteem. In it, many of the co-creators of global platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and others reveal they are so concerned about the harms of social media that they ban or severely restrict their kids' use. Social psychologist and New York University professor Jonathan Haidt notes a “gigantic increase” in depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide among pre-teen and teenage children, Gen Z, who have been on social media since mid-primary school.
"We've seen the same pattern with suicide," he said. Anthony Seibold provides dossier of online abuse to NRL Integrity Unit, with cyberbullying legislation on the way - ABC News. Special Issue : Digital Wellness: Psychosocial and Physical Health in the Digital World. Special Issue Editors Dr.
Bridgette BewickWebsiteGuest Editor Leeds Institute of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9NL, UKInterests: psychological wellbeing; e-health interventions; digital wellbeing; behavior change Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, Special Issue : Psychosocial Impacts of New Technologies and the Internet. Special Issue Editor Dr.
Linda K. KayeWebsiteGuest Editor Department of Psychology, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UKInterests: digital gaming; social identity; online behaviour; psychosocial impacts Special Issue Information Dear Colleagues, Are K-pop and BTS fans a new force for social justice? Amid Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, K-pop fans are being hailed as a new force in politics and social justice.
In recent weeks, they flooded a Dallas police intelligence app trying to collect "illegal activity from the protests" with fancams - video clips of K-pop performers - until it crashed. Armed with K-pop clips, they have spammed similar police surveillance requests on Twitter, a birthday card for President Trump, and taken over racist hashtags like #WhiteLivesMatter and #itsokaytoberacist. Teens on TikTok, including K-pop fans, also claimed to have reserved a significant number of tickets to Trump's poorly attended Tulsa rally with no intention of going. A Trump supporter in the sparsely filled upper decks of the arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the president held his first re-election campaign rally in several months on June 20.
K-pop fans claimed to have reserved tickets for the event with no intention of attending [File: Leah Millis/Reuters] $10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN. At least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report.
A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor report found. The 2019 figure is equivalent to 7.3kg for every man, woman and child on Earth, though use is concentrated in richer nations. Hate-hacking and Zoom 'bombing': Racism in the virtual workspace. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a global pandemic in March, the world has transitioned into a virtual society.
Family gatherings, lectures, cultural celebrations, music festivals and even the United Kingdom's Royal Chelsea Flower Show are now experienced through a screen. Despite the easing of lockdowns across the world, many businesses continue to operate largely online. However, this new business model has exposed two sinister realities: that cyber attackers are disproportionately targeting people of colour during this pandemic; and that many employers, across the world, are unprepared to deal with racism in the virtual workspace. Employee monitoring software surges as companies send staff home - ABC News. eSafety Commissioner. Social Media Monitoring Tools. Julian Assange: 'This generation is the last free generation' My phone is spying on me, so I decided to spy on it. Updated 3 Dec 2018, 7:24amMon 3 Dec 2018, 7:24am Giphy: A phone spying on its owner.
If your phone is turned on and has signal, it can be communicating — whether you've asked it to or not — with a wide variety of companies, many of which you won't have any direct relationship with. And yes, this can happen even when you're not using it. Your phone and other personal computing devices know an awful lot about you. They know — and often share — things like where you are and where you're going, who you're friends with, what apps you use, which websites you visit and how often you visit them, who you email and call — the list goes on.
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia. Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which he compares to heroin, and imposed limits on his use of Facebook.
But even that wasn’t enough. In August, the 34-year-old tech executive took a more radical step to restrict his use of social media and other addictive technologies. Digital Attack Map.
The Misinformation Medic - Diagnosing social media's Misinformation Pandemic. Digital Health Supports The Fight Against Opioids. Once you become addicted, it sticks with you for a long time, if not for life, just as a chronic disease. You may overcome the lowest points, where nothing matters anymore, where there is only the vegetating shell of you and the stuff: drug, alcohol, medication, but even if you manage to battle the substance – and yourself, for that matter – the skeletal ruins of addiction will wait in a shadowy corner to take shape again due to a breakdown induced by psychological or environmental factors.
In the worst case scenario, addiction eats up lives, families, communities. It takes enormous willpower coupled with professional help to get out of such an unbearably deep hole, a supportive social environment, and an appropriate medical infrastructure to get out of such an unbearably deep hole. Tech giants struggle to stem 'infodemic' of false coronavirus claims. Click over to Google, type in “coronavirus”, and press enter. The results you see will bear little resemblance to any other search. There are no ads, no product recommendations, and no links to websites that have figured out how to win the search engine optimisation game.
Government, NGO and mainstream media sources dominate. Algorithms and user-generated content are out; gatekeepers and fact checking are in. Silicon Valley has responded to the “infodemic” with aggressive intervention and an embrace of official sources and traditional media outlets. Across the social web – on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Instagram and Pinterest – search results related to Covid-19 are similarly predetermined.
Instagram delivers a pop-up urging US users to go to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – or UK users to the NHS – rather than look at the memes and pictures tagged with #coronavirus. Bergstrom described this conundrum as an “uncertainty vacuum”. Apple and Google team up in bid to use smartphones to track coronavirus spread. Apple and Google announced on Friday an unprecedented collaboration to leverage smartphone technology to help trace and contain the spread of coronavirus. The collaboration will open up their mobile operating systems to allow for the creation of advanced “contact-tracing” apps, which will run on iPhones and Android phones alike.
The apps would work by using the Bluetooth technology in mobile phones to keep track of every other phone a person comes into close contact with over the course of a day; if that person later finds out they have Covid-19, they can use the same system to alert all those people, dating back to before they would have become infectious. The idea is to help national governments roll out these contact-tracing apps to allow lockdowns to be lifted earlier, by letting authorities much more readily identify new clusters of infection. The technology would also help those who have been exposed to a person with Covid-19 self-isolate before they themselves become infectious.
In the town camps of Alice, coronavirus is raising the stakes of the digital divide. At the Hidden Valley community centre in the hot, dusty fringes of Alice Springs, Tim MacNamara is sitting at a table under a hard-working air conditioner, struggling with a satellite internet connection that dips in and out, taking long minutes to load a page on his laptop. He's trying to look at the NBN coverage map of Alice Springs in earth view. The landscape on the map is the sandy orange colour of the soil people scuff off their shoes as they come into the centre, threaded with the rocky brown ridges of the surrounding ranges and a network of bitumen roads - all knitted web-like around the centre of town.
Hidden Valley is at the edge of the web, tucked into a small valley among rocky outcrops. The town camp backs onto bushland 1.5km from downtown Alice bordering Sadadeen, where brick apartment blocks form one of the most densely populated suburbs in the small centre. At least 20 UK phone masts vandalised over false 5G coronavirus claims. At least 20 mobile phone masts across the UK are believed to have been torched or otherwise vandalised since Thursday, according to government and industry sources who are increasingly concerned about the impact of baseless theories linking coronavirus to 5G networks. There have been noticeable clusters of attacks on masts around Liverpool and the West Midlands.
Owing to the slow rollout of 5G in the UK, many of the masts that have been vandalised did not contain the technology and the attacks merely damaged 3G and 4G equipment. : Scientists brand 5G claims 'complete rubbish' Gove warns 5G-coronavirus conspiracy theory is 'dangerous nonsense' Facebook is still far too powerful. It's also how millions are coping with this crisis. About 25 years ago, “face time” was a new phrase. In 1994 or thereabouts, news came that in cutting-edge workplaces of the US, the term denoted time actually spent in the company of other human beings – and was, by implication, a symbol of how that most basic aspect of human interaction was being lost.
As they became immersed in email and the nascent worldwide web, it was rumoured that the most modern people were increasingly removed from even their friends and families – something crystallised in Douglas Coupland’s 1995 novel Microserfs, which moves from Microsoft’s HQ near Seattle to Silicon Valley. Midway through the book comes an angst-ridden email written by one of the key characters. How to focus when your mobile phone is distracting you from reading or writing. Posted about 6 hours agoSat 21 Mar 2020, 9:53pm Every evening I set my phone to "do not disturb" mode and try for an hour to read a novel. But as I attempt to travel to Cherry Beach in Laura McPhee-Browne's excellent debut novel, or the magical world of Philip Pullman's The Secret Commonwealth, or New York City in the 40s in Elizabeth Gilbert's City of Girls, there is still this itch to check my phone.
An interactive web-based dashboard to track COVID-19 in real time. In December, 2019, a local outbreak of pneumonia of initially unknown cause was detected in Wuhan (Hubei, China), and was quickly determined to be caused by a novel coronavirus, Slow Internet? How Covid-19 is Stressing Internet Infrastructure in Your Country. On March 11th, the WHO officially declared the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as a global pandemic. Since then, most of us have received advice from our governments, employers, educational institutions, or via social media that basically suggests one thing: “Stay at home and avoid contact with other people.” Digital mental health project wins industry grant for new trial - The University of Sydney. EUROPAEM EMF Guideline 2016 for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of EMF-related health problems and illnesses. - PubMed - NCBI.
Chris sorted through the 'blood and gore' on social media. Now he's suing Facebook over PTSD. Updated about 3 hours agoTue 25 Feb 2020, 9:47pm They see the worst the internet serves up so, in theory, you don't have to. Pseudoscience is taking over social media – and putting us all at risk. Search for “climate change” on YouTube and before long you’ll likely find a video that denies it exists. In fact, when it comes to shaping the online conversation around climate change, a new study suggests that deniers and conspiracy theorists might hold an edge over those believing in science. Facebook and YouTube moderators sign PTSD disclosure.
Image copyright Getty Images. The first generations of 'digi kids' are struggling with literacy as experts warn against screen time. Updated 20 Nov 2019, 7:04amWed 20 Nov 2019, 7:04am Leading educators, academics and teachers are sounding the alarm over the impact excessive screen time is having on Australian children's reading, writing and ability to concentrate in school.
A Four Corners investigation has found there are growing fears among education experts that screen time is contributing to a generation of skim readers with poor literacy, who may struggle to gain employment later in life as low-skilled jobs disappear. By the age of 12 or 13, up to 30 per cent of Australian children's waking hours are spent in front of a screen, according to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
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How mobile phones are saving lives in Ghana. iDisorder - Dr. Larry Rosen - Research Psychologist and Educator. What's the worst part of depression? These Twitter users are speaking up. Perth artist Stelarc grows ear on his arm, plans to connect it to internet. South Korean children sent to digital detox boot camp. Cellphone safety: Where do you keep your phone? Lifesaving Shoes. EHR & Practice Management. IST researchers explore technology use in Syrian refugee camp. Digitised Diseases. What are deepfakes – and how can you spot them? Kim Kardashian West joins Facebook and Instagram boycott. The Facebook stoush tearing apart the swanky Sydney suburb of Rose Bay - ABC News. Read Sacha Baron Cohen's scathing attack on Facebook in full: 'greatest propaganda machine in history'
Digital distraction: New report raises concerns about online learning. Digital distraction: New report raises concerns about online learning. ECSM2015-Proceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Social Media 2015 ... Social media mavenism: Toward an action-based metric for knowledge dissemination on social networks: Journal of Marketing Communications: Vol 0, No 0. Pictures Speak Louder than Words: Motivations for Using Instagram. Instagram: Motives for its use and relationship to narcissism and contextual age. Millennials Spend 88x Longer On Social Media Than Managing Their Money – And It Could Be Costing Them £13,000/Year. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern leans on Facebook to drop Christchurch shooting footage. Facebook removed from S&P list of ethical companies after data scandals.