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The online social networks that social media facilitate can act as powerful distribution channels for political messages. shutterstock

How political engagement on social media can drive people to extremes

We need political and civil society leaders to reflect on the language that they use, and to strive to shape a civic narrative with which we can all engage.
Accurate, impartial and ethical journalism is still possible – and can even be easier – in the faster online news cycle. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

The internet can deliver better journalism, not just clickbait

In the digital age, one of the most complex challenges for media outlets is how to re-shape the editorial responsibilities of journalism itself. Are the hallmarks of good journalism – accuracy, independence…
Mood swings? Sorry, but you can’t blame Facebook – its emotional effects are tiny. Kathryn Denman/Flickr

Facebook emotions can be ‘viral’ but aren’t very contagious

Does reading a friend’s happy post on Facebook make you happier? This seems to be the case, according to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) today – we may…
Who really knows what you want – the search engine or you? Ste fan

Google search just got way more personal … and that’s a problem

In what has been labelled a “bad day for the internet”, Google last week changed its search engine to include personalised results from Google+. The introduction of Google Search plus Your World has led…

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