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Young people are especially careful about expressing political view on social media. Shutterstock

Research reveals Australians are shy about expressing political views on social media

It may be because we're early adopters and know the risks of social media, but a new study has found Australians are particularly careful about expressing political views online.
It can be complicated to teach a computer to detect harassment and threats. Palto/Shutterstock.com

Can Facebook use AI to fight online abuse?

It could seem attractive to try to teach computers to detect harassment, threats and abusive language. But it's much more difficult than it might appear.
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?
Populists like Donald Trump have used Twitter to his enormous political advantage. But the popular social media platform is failing to bring to heel the bots and fake accounts that can and have interfered with democracy. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Twitter’s struggle to thwart threats to democracy

Bots and fake accounts on Twitter helped sway the U.S. presidential election in 2016. Here's how the social media platform has purportedly tried, and failed, to combat threats to democracy.
Omega-3 fats can be found in many food sources, including salmon, flax seeds and walnuts as well as over-the-counter supplements. (Shutterstock)

Young adults need to eat more omega-3 fats

A new study shows that most young adults know about the connection between omega-3 fats and brain and heart health. Despite this, only two out of five reported buying or eating omega-3 foods.
Information warfare in cyberspace could replace reason and reality with rage and fantasy. Shutterstock

How information warfare in cyberspace threatens our freedom

Simulation models show just how effectively fake news and propaganda can shift opinions.

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