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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.
Violeta Chamorro President of Nicaragua meets with former President Bush in the Oval Office at the White House in 1992. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Washington has meddled in elections before

Decades ago, the CIA created a secret department dedicated to spreading anti-communist propaganda around the globe. A scholar explains how it is comparable to Russian meddling through social media.
How can we make sense of information in today’s connected world? Mobile phone image via www.shutterstock.com

How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world?

Researchers have found that today's students, despite being 'digital natives,' have a hard time distinguishing what is real and what is fake online. Metaliteracy might provide the answers.
Cramming does’t help you retain information, so the effect of a long night on the books may not be for much. from www.shutterstock.com

Revising for exams - why cramming the night before rarely works

An intense night of study won't help you remember information in the long-term – and the stress of revising under pressure will likely impact on your sleep and thus your exam performance.
Consciousness might emerge from a particular kind of information processing. Shutterstock

What makes us conscious?

Consciousness is one of the most mysterious phenomena we know of. But evidence is emerging that it might just be a very special kind of information processing.
Misinformation spreads rapidly and sticks tenaciously. Moon_son/Flickr

Where does misinformation come from, and what does it do?

Obama is a Muslim, vaccinations cause autism, asylum seekers are breaking the law, GM foods cause cancer. These are all pieces of unsubstantiated misinformation that are commonly encountered on TV, talk-back…

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