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.
Today's communications platforms and the algorithms that power them have led to a radical change in how public discourse is conducted and public opinion formed.
More and more, news items, adverts and posts by friends are blurred in Facebook's interface. This all merges into a single stream of information.
Emmanuel Macron is the latest to talk about reining in fake news. It can't be done.
Thanks to new deep-learning techniques, AI has the potential to analyse, improve and contribute to the process of human discussion.
A scholar asks whether democracy itself is at risk in a world where social media is creating deeply polarized groups of individuals who tend to believe everything they hear.
We know negative news has an impact on our mental health, especially if we are constantly being exposed to it. Twitter is trying to help young people cope with the stress, which is a good start.
Concerns over filter bubbles and fake news are often based on anecdotal evidence. There is relatively little systematic research on the topic; a new survey finds widespread fears are unwarranted.
Technology exacerbates the news echo chamber, but it can also be the solution to overcoming our deep-seated psychological biases.
Bringing back the diminished tradition of eating lunch together may be the solution.
If people can be conned into jeopardizing our children's lives, as they do when they opt out of immunizations, could they also be conned out of democracy?