It may seem convenient to think of technology companies as similar, but they’re really not.
When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
What is this man doing with your data?
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Users shouldn't trust Facebook, but that doesn't mean they should immediately abandon what has become a crucial platform for connectedness.
As watchdogs, regulators, tax agencies, and lobby groups apply more pressure to tech giants Google and Facebook, the two companies are rebranding in response.
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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.
It seems near impossible to keep control of our personal data – and Facebook does anything but help.
Do you think you’ve set up your Facebook account so that only your friends can see your information? Think again…
Facebook already controls how its users’ data can be gathered and shared. It’s university ethics boards that need to join the digital age.
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.
Making connections through tracking behaviour.
How data-driven behavioural sciences are being road tested in the political sphere.
What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is.
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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.
Facebook’s data know exactly what fits best in your mind.
Facebook harvests individual users' data and sells it to advertisers, who narrowly target specific messages to particular people not just for profit, but for partisan political gain.
Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
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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.
Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix.
The privacy backlash over Cambridge Analytica and Facebook may lead to explosive consequences for academics.
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy.
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.
Facebook’s algorithm is based on pleasing rather than challenging users.
We are not yet "post-truth", but truth-telling remains vital in sustaining open and democratic societies.
Technology can help identify hate speech online, but it’s not a silver bullet solution.
New laws, new tools and new research is required to combat the rise in online hate. That means both regulating social media companies, and making use of technology to help measure compliance.
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?
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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.
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.
How should you communicate?
From asking a partner to pick up dinner on the way home to checking in on a neighbor with health problems, we frequently face the question, 'What's the best way to communicate?'
As austerity bites, people are turning to social media for help with mental issues. Despite the fact that even Facebook agrees social media can be bad for mental health.
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.
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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.
Cyberbullying has become destructive and feels unstoppable. Here is a five-step technique for dealing with it.
Researchers have developed a game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news – by showing them how to become a fake news mogul.