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Venezuelan Citizens Help Each Other Overcome Internet Censorship Activism Technology 

Venezuelan Citizens Help Each Other Overcome Internet Censorship

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 More

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Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government Politics Technology 

Underage? No Social Media, Proposes Finnish Government

Finland (Sputnik) – Finland is poised to adopt new age restrictions for social media from 2018. Finnish officials hope this effort will help safeguard youngsters’ privacy and help them communicate in a more orderly fashion. In 2018, Finland will introduce a national age limit for the use of social media services, in order to ensure compliance with the EU’s new data protection regulation. According to Finland’s data protection ombudsman, the aim is to shield the children from the pressure to share personal information without their full understanding of the possible consequences.The exact age threshold, however, has not been set yet, with propositions ranging from 13 and 16 years. “In terms of the data Read More

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#RealizedIWas: One Woman’s Journey From Shame to Self-Love Featured Human Rights 

#RealizedIWas: One Woman’s Journey From Shame to Self-Love

Illinois (GREED) – Back in February of this year, CNN started the #realizediwasblack social media movement. A video was posted on Facebook with several notable Black celebrities and public figures, each of them describing the moment they realized they were Black. All of the stories varied from one another, by age or location or by the level of cruelty. But as different as each story was from the rest, they were also very much the same. Each person could recall the traumatizing moment in which their Blackness was used to try and break them. After watching the video, I Read More

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Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness Health 

Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness

Connecticut (GREED) – Mental illness is on the rise in Western society, and social media is feeding the stigma that prevents so many people from seeking the help they need.  If you are paying attention to current events and consuming any of your news online, chances are you’ve seen it. The House of Representatives passes their health care bill, sending it to the Senate for approval (which, as of this writing, is pending), and angry declarations of “they’re ALL mentally ill” start popping up. A man violently takes the lives of two men on a Portland, Oregon train, badly Read More

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Swiped Away: Rise in Online Harassment of Women via Dating Apps Featured Technology 

Swiped Away: Rise in Online Harassment of Women via Dating Apps

(Sputnik) – The number of women being harassed online globally via dating apps has increased. The Angus Reid Institute, a national, not-for-profit organization commissioning research and opinion polls, found that nearly half of Canadians aged 18 to 34 say they’ve been harassed on social media. The Angus Reid Institute, a national, not-for-profit organization commissioning research and opinion polls, found that nearly half of Canadians aged 18 to 34 say they’ve been harassed on social media. This number is higher for visible minorities. According to Angus Reid, four-in-ten visible minorities say they’ve been harassed on social media. 8 percent of women noted that they have been stalked online-in Read More

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Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health? Featured Health 

Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health?

(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 More

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Send Nudes: Sexting Persists Despite Being Considered Sex Offense in the Netherlands Culture Featured 

Send Nudes: Sexting Persists Despite Being Considered Sex Offense in the Netherlands

World (Sputnik) – A poll of Dutch girls has found 25 percent have sent nude photos of themselves to a partner, and seven in 10 did not regret the experience – suggesting respondents were unaware of (or unfazed by) the risk of recipients sharing their intimate snaps with others. In all, 3,000 teens from the Netherlands took part in the survey. Social media such as WhatsApp was the most popular means of disseminating saucy selfies, with 20 percent having dispatched snaps via such platforms. Videos were less popular, with only six percent having sent one. Commenting, Hanneke de Graaf, Researcher at sexual health foundation Rutgers, said sending nude Read More

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What’s On Your Mind? Facebook Developing Thought-Reading Technology Featured Technology 

What’s On Your Mind? Facebook Developing Thought-Reading Technology

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 More

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Viral Fitness: Exercise is Contagious Featured Health Women 

Viral Fitness: Exercise is Contagious

World (Sputnik) – A new MIT study has found exercise is contagious, with publicly shared fitness tracker data serving as a potent motivating factor for many fitness fanatics – if someone runs faster or longer, their friends will too. However, the research suggests not all fitness influencers are created equal. Contagion is usually bad for one’s health, and something to be avoided at all costs — however, if the MIT team’s findings are correct, this may be one virus to catch. In all, the group analyzed the fitness tracker data of 1.1 million people, who ran a collective 350 million kilometers in the span of five years. Subjects Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Karlie Kloss Badass Women Featured Good News Technology 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Karlie Kloss

World (FEE) – Editor’s Note: Here at Greed Media, we cover a lot of issues related to women. Unfortunately, we often find that there is, indeed, a little greed behind each story. This makes us a little sad. As a contrast and to promote positivity and empowerment for all women, we want to highlight and celebrate badass women from all over the world. These women are courageous leaders, remarkable visionaries, selfless activists, and are each changing the world in their own way. The following is part of a series of stories we call Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About.  Karlie Kloss, the supermodel, Instagram Read More

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