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Canadians are up in arms about Statistics Canada’s push for their financial data. They shouldn’t be. (Shutterstock)

In defence of Statistics Canada’s request for financial data

Statistics Canada has been tone-deaf in its push for the financial data of Canadians from banks, but that data is essential to forming good public policy.
Social media misinformation rose significantly before the 2016 presidential election. Georgejmclittle/shutterstock.com

Unlike in 2016, there was no spike in misinformation this election cycle

The Iffy Quotient measured misinformation on social media in the run-up to the recent elections. Facebook has gotten better at combating untrustworthy links, but Twitter still struggles.
New research shows that more and more of our public conversation is unfolding within a dwindling coterie of sites that are controlled by a small few, largely unregulated and geared primarily to profit rather than public interest. Unsplash

Big Fail: The internet hasn’t helped democracy

New research into the economics of attention online casts doubt on the net’s role in fostering public debate, and raises concerns about the future of democracy.
Many teenagers have stopped using Facebook and have gravitated instead to image-sharing platforms like Instagram. (Alex Iby/Unsplash)

The social implications of teens leaving Facebook

Teens – especially wealthier ones – are walking away from Facebook, towards picture-centric social media.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes his seat to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018 about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Big Tech is overselling AI as the solution to online extremism

Many tech titans say they can self-regulate online hate speech and extremism with artificial intelligence, but can they?
Assembling sandbags in Virginia Beach, Va., before Hurricane Florence’s arrival. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

How social networks can save lives when disasters strike

Many factors can influence people to evacuate or stay in place when disasters loom. Research using Facebook posts suggests that people with broad social networks are more apt to get moving.

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