Image credit: Getty Images/Hero ImagesThat social media is not entirely good for us shouldn’t come as a great shock, but the received wisdom as to why may not tell the full story. What if the main problem with social media is not with data theft, fake news, trolling, or election interference, but a far more fundamental problem that can’t be fixed with software patches or legislation? What if the problem with social media is actually its users? More specifically, what if the reason social media seems to cause so many problems is that our brains just haven’t evolved to cope? That’s the contention of evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, who believes that the convenience social media has brought to our our lives fundamentally misunderstands why humans have become the dominant species on Earth.“You can contact 200 people at once. You don’t have to see them – you can tell them what you’re doing, they are in your life,” she … [Read more...] about Have our brains just not evolved for social media?
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The web began dying in 2014. This provocative proposition was the key premise of an article that went viral in 2017, and not without good reasons. Its author, Andrew 'Staltz' Medeiros, seems to have hit a nerve, noting himself that he managed to raise more awareness than what he was hoping for. Medeiros is a successful web developer, and he understands the technological underpinnings, as well as the social and other consequences of ongoing developments. Things such as the FCC's decision to kill Net Neutrality, or W3C's turn in favor of DRM, and the ever-increasing concentration of power in the hands of big tech.Also: Chinese internet users top 800 million in June That's just business as usual, some might argue. It would be hard to imagine how power structures in the real world would not eventually come to be reflected in the online world. Not everybody has to like this, or settle for this though. Medeiros decided to put his money where his mouth is, and work on a solution. The … [Read more...] about Manyverse and Scuttlebutt: A human-centric technology stack for social applications
World Facebook papua new guinea Privacy People in Papua New Guinea are set to find Facebook blocked over a month as the government plans to analyze the social network’s usage throughout the nation, local media has reported. Speaking to the Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Sam Basil, said that the hiatus would allow the country to weed out fake profiles and work out whether Papua New Guinea would be better served by its own social network. Related: Hillary Clinton wants to be CEO of Facebook Basil told the newspaper that information would be collected on people who use fake accounts, those who “upload pornographic material” and “false and misleading information” with a view to them being “filtered and removed” from the site. Recommended Slideshows 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our World 10 Stunning Photos of Hawaii's Mount Kilauea's … [Read more...] about Facebook to be Blocked in Papua New Guinea While Government Collects Info on Fake Users and News
I’ve spent every waking moment of the past 10 days in the company of the Huawei P20 Pro. This phone has surprised and delighted me like few others, and what you are about to read is a collection of happy words about it. I don’t think the P20 Pro is perfect, nor the best phone ever released, but I do believe it’s one of the most important devices we’ve seen in the mobile world for years. In spite of its massive networking and telecommunications business, and the millions of phones it sells in its native China, Huawei has remained an underdog in other smartphone markets. The P20 Pro changes that. This phone is as powerful, refined, fast, stylish, and desirable as anything we’ve seen from Samsung, LG, and HTC at their best. At a time when US spy agencies are warning Americans off Huawei phones due to (so far unsubstantiated) espionage fears, Huawei is responding in the best possible way: by making amazing phones. Huawei is releasing the P20 Pro today for a … [Read more...] about Huawei P20 Pro review: style and substance from an unlikely source
The digital divide between rich and poor Australians is deepening, according to analysis of an index measuring individuals’ ability to access and use online resources, released this week.The second Australian Digital Inclusion Index found that those who have lower levels of income, education and employment are far less likely to be online, as are Indigenous Australians and people with a disability. “The divide is getting deeper, and the challenge to make the Australian internet more inclusive is becoming more urgent,” said Professor Julian Thomas from RMIT’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre, who led the study. “We often think of the internet as a levelling, democratising technology…But the net also reflects the social and economic divides we find offline,” he added. The index – compiled by researchers at RMIT, in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology, Telstra and Roy Morgan Research … [Read more...] about Digital divide deepening according to inclusion index