Many factors can influence people to evacuate or stay in place when disasters threaten. New research using Facebook posts suggests that people with broad social networks are more apt to move.
Increasing usage of big data by statistical agencies and other organisations may reduce the ability of populations to have a say in how they are governed.
Something good could come from the Cambridge Analytica scandal if we used the same data to fix society, rather than profit from it.
A proposed EU copyright directive aims to make Google, Facebook and other online platforms pay to display snippets of news. But will it work, and what will be the costs?
The Canadian government is right to hold public consultations on digital and data transformation given how profoundly it affects society at large. But the scope is far too narrow.
Trust is the keystone of the entire Internet system: without it more connection and therefore more commerce. How to restore it?
Twitter posts and messages on WhatsApp can come back to haunt you, even years later.
Paradoxically, it is only when I disappear into the digital crowd that my personal data becomes interesting for digital merchants.
Facebook enters the world of gaming – where the web addresses are short, the streams are long and the cash flows.
As Facebook grows and grows, it either drowns out or buys up the competition.
Victims could be entitled to redress – but it won't be easy.
Social media sites aren't the only online systems that can secretly influence people's votes. Search engines can too and may be even more successful – and undetectable.
Once a niche market, sustainable finance is now expanding and accelerating, yet too few universities have committed their finance programmes to these issues. The time has come for change.
Facebook will build a village with housing and amenities in Silicon Valley, a new version of old, unsuccessful ideas of company towns and utopian communities. Will Facebook's town face the same fate?
Facebook and Google already face a legal complaint in the wake of the new data protection law, but the most precious data still isn't covered.
Social media presents a powerful platform for creating multiple stories about Africa.
Organisations are on the losing side, especially those that rely on leveraging personal data to compete. But there will be a net benefit to consumers – and that's a good thing.
The sustainability of the news media is a precondition for good journalism in the public interest. Thus, economic questions should form part of discussions of press freedom.
Many are wondering what Facebook, Twitter and even the government can do to stop the spread of fake news. Behavioral science has an answer: the Pro-Truth Pledge.
Facebook has expressed interest in regulation, but its submission to the ACCC could be a disappointing early indication of how it will downplay its magnitude in future regulatory debates.