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Social media companies combine many pieces of information into a complex digital profile. Tetiana Yurchenko/Shutterstock.com

To serve a free society, social media must evolve beyond data mining

For years, watchdogs have warned of the potential problems of sharing data with online companies. The Facebook data crisis has made these concerns much more real. What should be done now?
Cutouts depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wearing ‘Fix Fakebook’ displayed on Capitol Hill on April 10, 2018. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

The law that made Facebook what it is today

The Communications Decency Act was passed in 1996, seven years before the debut of MySpace. It helped online publishing grow – and to escape consequences for the way users might be harmed.
Every time you open an app, click a link, like a post, read an article, hover over an ad, or connect to someone, you are generating data. Shutterstock

How to stop haemorrhaging data on Facebook

If you're concerned about privacy, but you're not ready to #deletefacebook here’s what you can do, step by step, to minimise the amount of data you share.
A woman enters Maple High School in Vaughan, Ont., to cast her vote in the Canadian federal election in October 2015. Canada has a lot to learn from Europe in preventing the digital manipulation of voters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

What Europe can teach Canada about protecting democracy

Several critical Canadian elections are looming. Here's what Canada can learn from Europe on how to prevent the digital manipulation of voters.

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