Venezuela (Global Voices) – On the evening of June 28, Internet users from various cities in Venezuela reported that multiple websites and social media platforms — including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Periscope — were inaccessible. According to the digital activism organization Venezuela Inteligente: “The DNS servers of state internet service provider CANTV were not responding to DNS requests for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Periscope, denying access to the users. Around an hour later [from 11 pm], the blockages were lifted and access to the sites was back. Countless reports of network users indicate that the blocking was conducted through the ISP’s DNS Read MoreRead More
(OpenDemocracy) – Lazy and unconcerned, or buckling under the strains of late capitalism? A manifesto for the selfie generation asks whether we can break our addiction to social media. In January, an interview with marketing consultant Simon Sinek went viral on Facebook. Raising the hackles of millennials everywhere, he branded them “tough to manage, entitled, narcissistic, self-interested [and] unfocused.” You can imagine my delight when my mum sent the video to me: “this might explain why you have so many problems,” she said. Sinek puts the pathologies of Generation Y down to “failed parenting strategies”, the nasty shock of realising Read MoreRead More
World (Sputnik) – Facebook has revealed it’s working on an interface which will allow users to control computers via their brains. Headed by Regina Dugan, formerly of shadowy US military technology division DARPA and Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group (ATAP), its first goal is the development of a non-invasive system to allow people to type using thought. The division, dubbed Building 8, will first aim to create a basic “yes-no brain click” — while a seemingly simple action, if successful the group could fundamentally change how humans interact with and use technology. Facebook is not the first tech major Read MoreRead More
(Sputnik) – Facebook has launched a campaign to help its users spot fake news in their newsfeeds. The social network has revealed its promised list of helpful tips for users and announced the creation of an AI-based bot for its Messenger app to help fight the spread of false stories. As Sputnik reported earlier, Facebook has gone on a crusade against the fake news that riddled the newsfeeds of its 1.8 billion users, especially in the US. According to an official Facebook announcement, the new campaign is a large, multi-layered strategy not confined to a single measure. Some of the measures include working with paid third-party fact-checkers, introducing stricter policies of ad selling, creating new Read MoreRead More
(GREED) – It’s becoming difficult to ignore a brazenly open politicization of American policing. This phenomenon excludes the various protests, militarized responses to those protests, and debate choking media both online and on-air. It’s entirely different, and generally not practiced by a majority of police agencies. “We back the badge”, thin blue line, and Blue Lives Matter are charged with polarization, no doubt. They’re inherently different, however, from open endorsements of political parties, and the taunting of an abandoned public. Milwaukee, Wisconsin–like many other cities around the country–isn’t a stranger to this tension. Riots blazed, and military planes patrolled overhead, just Read MoreRead More
United States (Sputnik) – A conflict between a billionaire and a bunch of islanders desperate to preserve their ancestral land sounds a bit like a Disney movie – but for some residents of Hawaii – it’s a reality. The paradise islands of Hawaii has long been popular with honeymooners, surfers and billionaires seeking stunning surroundings and seclusion, including no other than Silicon Valley’s slickest resident Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. #Kauai #Hawaii#BeachLife #Paradise #TropicalLife 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 🌴 📷 @ErikMcRitchie pic.twitter.com/1PoJrcecgy — Starship 21ZNA9 (@DeeZeeX) January 19, 2017 Not so long ago, Mr. Zuckerberg paid US$100 Read MoreRead More
Death threats and censorship are part of the game as an independent journalist. It’s a routine day for many to open their messages to find someone saying “I’ll slit your throat”, especially if the journalist is somewhat abrasive.
Justin King, an independent journalist who has developed somewhat of a cult following received that message yesterday. Of course, in King’s case, his cult following wants to kill him. For King, it’s become so routine that he makes fun of those who threaten him on his personal Facebook account. The ex-military contractor often posts screenshots and mocks those who hide behind the internet.Read More