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As watchdogs, regulators, tax agencies, and lobby groups apply more pressure to tech giants Google and Facebook, the two companies are rebranding in response. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Google and Facebook cosy up to media companies in response to the threat of regulation

It's surprising that news publishers seem to hand more power to Google because now more than ever there's an urgency to have clear barriers between news companies, social media platforms and search engines.
Facebook already controls how its users’ data can be gathered and shared. It’s university ethics boards that need to join the digital age. Shutterstock

Regulating Facebook won’t prevent data breaches

The Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn't a data breach – it was a violation of academic ethics. Maybe it's universities, not social networks, that need to update their privacy settings.
What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is. AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Think Facebook can manipulate you? Look out for virtual reality

As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there's an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Preventing social media from interfering in Canadian elections

Several critical Canadian elections are ahead. Here's what governments and social media companies must do to assure Canadians that their online personal data won't be used to manipulate results.
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy. Tim Snell/Flickr

Explainer: what is differential privacy and how can it protect your data?

How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
There are widespread fears that so-called echo chambers and filter bubbles are leading to political polarization that poses a danger to democracy. But are the fears unfounded? (Melvin Sokolsky/1963 via Creative Commons)

The myth of the echo chamber

Despite fears that so-called echo chambers are causing political polarization, a new study suggests it's not the case.
The negative effects of social media have pushed tech companies to take more responsibility for the health of their users. Shutterstock

Why social media are more like chocolate than cigarettes

Critics want social media platforms regulated like Big Tobacco, but our research shows that their impact on your health depends on how you use them.
Social media has become a place of vitriolic myths about Indigenous peoples in the wake of the Gerald Stanley trial for the killing of Colten Boushie. Here, a vigil in support of Colten Boushie’s family on Feb. 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Social media full of vitriolic myths in the aftermath of the Stanley trial

Social media posts since Gerald Stanley’s acquittal have been saturated with vitriolic rants and myths. If reconciliation is to be more than an aspiration, settlers must acknowledge our culpability.
Indigenous, LGBT, Black and refugee youth are among the groups that are at a greater risk of cyberbullying than others. But youth can also be powerful agents of change. Clarke Sanders/Unsplash

Don’t be a bystander: Five steps to fight cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has become destructive and feels unstoppable. Here is a five-step technique for dealing with it.

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