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Social technologies could provide valuable opportunities for isolated older persons to stay connected to the world. shutterstock

Connecting online can help prevent social isolation in older people

Social isolation in old age is a significant social concern. It is linked to a range of health problems and, in extreme cases, it can lead to people growing old and dying alone.
Sydney Opera House is illuminated in the colours of the French flag in a display of solidarity after the attacks on Paris. AAP/Dan Himbrechts

Socially mediated terrorism poses devilish dilemma for social responses

Islamic State terrorism and propaganda are designed to provoke often predictable responses. We naturally respond with displays of outrage and solidarity, but we should beware the trap of division.
An image of a man described as Abdelhamid Abaaoud, suspected of being behind the Paris attacks, was published in the Islamic State’s social media website. Reuters

How social media was key to Islamic State’s attacks on Paris

The tools that protect people's privacy on social media are being used by terrorists to spread their messages of hate and attack.
While firefighters battled widespread fires in New South Wales in October 2013, hundreds of thousands of people turned to social media and smartphone apps for vital updates. AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Crisis communication: saving time and lives in disasters through smarter social media

When disaster strikes, more people than ever are turning to social media to find out if they're in danger. But Australian emergency services need to work together more to learn what works to save lives.
Esenna O'Neill’s dramatic departure from YouTube and Instragram was precipitated by her feelings of inauthenticity. Vimeo

When authenticity and advertising collide on social media

Essena O'Neill's dramatic rejection of her successful social media channels raises important questions about how advertising and sponsored posts are regulated on social media.
Modern video technology can make matters public, but accountability still depends on political processes to produce just outcomes. YouTube/screenshot

Accountability and the viral video: there are still no guarantees

Mobile video technology means outrageous behaviour and abuses can rapidly become public knowledge, but achieving just outcomes still depends on a political willingness to act on such knowledge.
Research into the way emotions spread through online social networks shows that happiness is contagious.

Smiles all round: why sharing happy news is good for you and everyone you know

Research shows that when people share happy news on social media, they make their friends - and extended social network - happy too. Picking up on this trend is a new swathe of "good news" websites.
Richard Nixon, 1971. Oliver F. Atkins/US National Archives and Records Administration

How Snapchat is scooping ‘The Boys on the Bus’

With three in four American voters using a smartphone, mobile devices are revolutionizing how political news is consumed – and reported.
How many stars will you be rated? Stars image via

The problem with rating people on the new app Peeple

Peeple is getting called the Yelp of rating people. The cofounders say it will be a positive place that turns character into currency. But does it make sense to rate people as we rate restaurants?

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