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Balancing personal privacy with detailed insights. Dawn Hudson/Shutterstock.com

I want your (anonymized) social media data

Researchers analyze social media data to gain useful insights into modern society and culture. But it's important to protect users' privacy. How can both ends meet?
How does searching affect voting? Blablo101/Shutterstock.com

When will Google defend democracy?

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.
Toronto could learn a lot from Brazil following the flawed and opaque consultation process to develop parts of the city’s waterfront. (Shutterstock)

Quayside Toronto project proves that smart city talks must be transparent

Toronto’s Quayside smart city project needs a new, truly consultative process. An innovative method used by Brazil to develop its landmark Internet Bill of Rights may be the answer.
The challenge for legislators, courts and the wider community is to ensure any interference with privacy is minimal, rather than merely lawful. Shutterstock

Trust is the second casualty in the war on terror

It is vital for governments and citizens to discuss how much privacy should be sacrificed when issues of national security arise.
A protester wears a mask with the face of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in between men wearing angry face emoji masks, during a protest against Facebook in London in April 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Why do we stay on Facebook? It’s complicated

We’re at a critical moment as users of Facebook. It's our responsibility to educate ourselves about how our data is bought and sold.
Conversations on Facebook ethics are part of a bigger conversation about information architecture. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

The internet is designed for corporations, not people

An expert explains how Facebook's privacy issues are linked to a bigger problem – a 'hostile information architecture,' largely controlled by corporate interests.

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