Days before their Oct. 28 presidential election, Brazilians protested news that supporters of right-wing front-runner Jair Bolsonaro had used WhatsApp to spread false information about his opponents.
Facebook retired its 'Move fast and break things' slogan – perhaps because, as new research from Brazil confirms, democracy is among the things left broken by online misinformation and fake news.
Leaked WhatsApp messages showed why Julie Bishop performed so poorly in the first round of voting to replace Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Liberal party.
There is a strong case to be made that WhatsApp messages are subject to the Freedom of Information Act in the same way as email and others forms of text messages.
Messaging services like WhatsApp open many doors for Nigerian women.
With technology women are able to become agents of their own change.
Protesters from the MDC-Alliance march in Harare demanding electoral reforms.
Zimbabwe's upcoming elections potentially marks the start of a new order in the country, where the stakes are extremely high.
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Twitter posts and messages on WhatsApp can come back to haunt you, even years later.
Many social media users have been shocked to learn the extent of their digital footprint.
The silver lining to the Cambridge Analytica case is that more people are recognising that we pay for online services with not only our own privacy, but that of our friends, family and colleagues.
Seven rules for break up in the digital age.
Kenyan authorities have arrested two WhatsApp group administrators for alleged hate speech.
Kenya has published hate speech guidelines that target WhatsApp groups administrators, holding them responsible for offensive content.
The government wants additional powers to access encrypted messages.
The Australian government wants to access encrypted messages, but don't call it a "backdoor".
A way in for government would also allow hackers access.
The list of African countries blocking access to social media during elections is growing.
This is election year for several African countries and there's a need to ensure social media isn't used to incite violence. But can governments be prevented from restricting citizens’ rights?
It’s all fun until someone gets hacked.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and senior ministers have been criticised over their use of WhatsApp, which can leave users vulnerable if their phones are hacked, attacked by malware, or simply stolen.
However powerful technologies may seem, choices are made by people – not the machines they invent.
Very few organisations in the field of civic technology are choosing the right tools for the job.
Rally for electoral reform in Malaysia 2015.
Social media can be an effective tool in mobilising people for social change, as demonstrated by the Bersih movement in Malaysia.
Forget about Snapchat, WhatsApp and Facebook, for the Edwardians it was all about the picture postcard.
It’s not the first time attempts have been made to block WhatsApp in Brazil.
It's a battle of online privacy versus a crackdown on crime, but is a total ban on the popular app, WhatsApp, the right way to go?
Algorithms have the potential to change every business.
The disruption happening thanks to algorithms is happening all around us.
Free Syrian Army fighters on their smartphones.
As usage continues to grow in the region, what's the ongoing dynamic between the Middle East and social media? It's complicated.
Phones out, but today’s students are less likely to have Facebook or Twitter open.
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Young people are starting to skip the very public postings of some of social media's original platforms. Why? And where will that leave the companies that rely on our willingness to divulge everything?
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With Facebook eyeing mobile internet, it is no accident that Mark Zuckerberg is making a much-publicised appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. In attendance are executives from…