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Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship

Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship

The public gets a lot of its news and information from Facebook. Some of it is fake. That presents a problem for the site’s users, and for the company itself. Facebook cofounder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg said the company will find ways to address the problem, though he didn’t acknowledge its severity. And without apparent […] … learn more→

Think the world’s in a mess? Here are four things you can do about it

Think the world’s in a mess? Here are four things you can do about it

Brexit. Trump. Climate change. The financial system. The arms trade. Hardliners. You name it, it’s causing anxiety. The state of the world upsets you, but what can you, a poor little meaningless individual lost in a powerful and complex system, do to change anything? How can you make any difference? There are actually numerous ways […] … learn more→

Why sexual consent classes should not be scoffed at

Why sexual consent classes should not be scoffed at

A number of universities have recently tried to combat the problem of sexual violence on campus by holding talks and workshops to ensure students fully understand the limits of consent and acceptable sexual behaviour. The National Union of Students, who have also been running consent workshops at numerous universities, believe these discussions about consent can […] … learn more→

Why the Trump effect could increase bullying

Why the Trump effect could increase bullying

Donald Trump has won the presidency, but not before launching one of the most ugly and fractious campaigns in American history. As the 2016 election season now comes to a close, there are signs that it has left scars behind, particularly in the schools of the United States. The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s […] … learn more→

How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world

How do children use the internet? We asked thousands of kids around the world

The internet has reached almost every corner of the globe, but most research on how it is used, particularly among children, focuses on the US and Europe. This is a problem, because according to best estimates one in three children around the world now uses the internet – most of them outside the West. An […] … learn more→

Why America urgently needs to improve K-12 civic education

Why America urgently needs to improve K-12 civic education

The tone of this presidential election, often called “uncivil,” has led many to call for an urgent improvement of civic education in America. Civic education can teach citizens how to deliberate, even when they have political differences. It can enable citizens to find solutions to many problems such as school attendance, economic development or community […] … learn more→

Is social media turning people into narcissists?

Is social media turning people into narcissists?

There has been a massive increase in the use of social media – from being almost non-existent 15 years ago, it now takes up a major part of our lives and our children’s lives. Facebook, for example, boasts over one billion users per day. This explosion of social media has led to many cultural, social, […] … learn more→

When did the British become so uptight about mocking the monarch?

When did the British become so uptight about mocking the monarch?

When did crude jokes about a reigning monarch become a no-go area for satirists and comedians? The BBC recently announced that it had axed David Baddiel’s Radio 4 panel show Don’t Make Me Laugh. This after an episode broadcast on the Queen’s 90th birthday that included jokes about her sex life. Apparently it’s not the […] … learn more→

Don’t feed the trolls’ really is good advice – here’s the evidence

Don’t feed the trolls’ really is good advice – here’s the evidence

Almost half the population of the planet now has access to the internet, with about one in three of those people regularly active on social media. But this increased opportunity to socialise and communicate in a virtual environment has offered new avenues for antisocial behaviour. The problem of cyberbullying has received considerable research attention. However, […] … learn more→

The age of the crap artist

The age of the crap artist

Some years ago, we arrived at the age of the “news clown.” It’s the age of realization of characters such as Philip K. Dick’s once fictional newscaster Jim-Jam Brisken, someone who runs for president in a flaming red wig. But we’re past that, now. No, not past Philip K. Dick; we’ve simply moved to another […] … learn more→