Digital social innovations are often associated with positive meanings, like openness and collaboration. But to better define the concept, it's essential to disentangle it from its positive aura.
The 20-metre-long Paris Navigating Gym is propelled along the Seine by human power.
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Physical exercise was once primarily an open-air activity, until gym training and monitoring took hold. Digital devices and augmented reality now offer the freedom to head out into the city again.
Indonesia’s ridesharing startup GoJek’s has local market knowledge and connections that helped it outfox Uber.
Better knowledge about the local market helps Indonesia's ridesharing startup Gojek beat Silicon Valley tech company Uber in Indonesia.
New forms of entertainment and consumption abound. And yet the book endures.
E-book sales are falling, even though many said they would "kill" print books. Computers and television were also supposed to spell the book's demise. At one point, people even feared the phonograph.
The digital revolution is great, until it’s time to upgrade.
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Digital devices are ubiquitous. A new film looks at where they come from, who makes them, and where they end up when they're discarded.
Fitness trackers make activity into a contest.
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The human psyche loves a challenge as well as a pat on the back for achievement. Pervasive computing taps into these drives to 'gamify' aspects of life that are typically not games or even much fun.
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Engineered to exploit human compulsions, the Internet competes for our attention, while teaching us to need it.
Downloading tunes in Lagos. Not all internet access is equal.
To benefit from the digital revolution, the world needs more than just connectivity.
Are we creating a generation of digitally illiterate students?
Just 55% of year 6 students and 52% of year 10 students are meeting the expected grades for ICT. What's going wrong?
Bridging the digital divide in many developing countries is not simply about access to ICT.
While the internet penetration rate in the developed world sits at 81%, two-thirds of the developing world are still without access.
Facing the music.
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Apple's move into the streaming market has a headstart of up to 100 million subscribers but will still need sustained support to get more of us to pay for online music.
Millions of calls to Centrelink went unanswered as Australians waited a collective total of 811 years in 2013-14.
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Centrelink's failure to answer calls is a sign of a deeper problem: a lack of respect from government services for vulnerable citizens.
How will the technology landscape look?
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The election brings a new government: what does the next five years hold in store for UK technology plc?
Furious 7’s Paul Walker died in November 2013.
Paul Walker is only the most recent dead actor to appear on screen. But as the technology develops, what are the legal and ethical limits?
Many people fear technology, and have great reservations about kids using smartphones and computers.
Many people fear technology is making us dumber, and they have great reservations about children using smartphones or computers. But technology ought to be embraced, particularly by kids.
Smartphones allow users to access help, information, or support anonymously and privately.
For every woman who reports domestic abuse, many more remain silent through fear, shame or simply because they don’t know who to turn to. But new digital programs could help.
There’s more to the UK than just this roundabout.
Whether as “Tech City” or “Silicon Roundabout”, the cluster of digital start-ups centred around Old Street in East London is well known. The extensive network of similar start-up clusters in cities outside…
I can tell this has been ‘shopped, on account of the pixels.
Faking photographs is not a new phenomenon. The Cottingley Fairies seemed convincing to some in 1917, just as the images recently broadcast on Russian television, purporting to be satellite images showing…
A digital childhood is no longer unusual.
A recent New York Times article points to a glaring inconsistency between the amount of “screen time” toddlers have using tablets, phones and computers – and the advice of many early years specialists…
Cloud computing will be mandatory for most government departments and agencies, but there are privacy concerns.
The Australian government’s all about the cloud, with the Attorney-General and Ministers for Finance and Communications announcing their “cloud first” policy earlier this month: agencies now must adopt…