We are in a battle for our minds. And it isn't clear we will win.
Libra has lost seven of its 28 founding members – but don't expect that to hold it back.
New technologies and user-level data mean that wealthy companies can influence our politics in ways not open to ordinary people.
Mark Zuckerberg may try to minimise their concerns, but Facebook moderators and other online workers are beginning to organise for their own protection.
Research shows that hiding the popularity of posts can change what people consume, and even improve the overall quality of content.
Mark Zuckerberg's recent meetings with US lawmakers suggests his company is worried about the growing number of investigations, regulations and fines it faces.
Because large organizations have bigger budgets, they can more easily afford to excel at online fundraising through social media.
Adolescence is a time of heightened vulnerability around body image. Instagram's policy to stop teens viewing posts advertising weight loss 'solutions' and cosmetic procedures is socially responsible.
Every day, new "alternative facts" are peddled in the public realm. But misinformation is not solely a modern problem - its origins are as old as humanity.
Sometimes it feels like everybody on social media is fighting about what's "right" and what's "wrong". Well, figuring out why we all have such unique opinions is now helping experts tackle fake news.
Recent revelations about the lack of privacy protections in place at the companies on Libra’s foundation raise concerns about how much trust users can place in Facebook's new cryptocurrency.
Anti-vaccine info online might have foreign roots and political aims.
The Russians won’t be alone in spreading disinformation in 2020. Their most likely imitator will be Iran. Also, Instagram could get even more infected with intentional misinformation than it has been.
Artificial intelligence holds great promise for medicine, but safeguards are needed to ensure it does not harm patients.
TV has long been the golden goose of political advertising – the one who spends the most wins. That's over, and it's a new era of digital advertising. No one's done it better than Donald Trump.
Facebook and Neuralink are developing interfaces to link our brains to computers, with serious ethical issues.
For all their good intentions, accidents happen when fallible humans intervene in complex systems they don't understand.
Alarm bells should ring over a global currency that is run by an exclusive club that serves its investor-owners, not the public good.
Media Files: ACCC seeks to clip wings of tech giants like Facebook and Google but international effort is required.
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In Dickens' era, international copyright law developed from a worldwide effort to deal with a global problem. Is it time to tackle tech giants the same way? A journalist and a media owner explain.
Google and Facebook attract plenty of users and advertising dollars in Australia, but the ACCC will have to work with other watchdogs overseas on any effective regulation.