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A ‘revenge body’ is built to show someone how well you are doing without them. With the advent of social media the phenomenon is increasingly popular. Shutterstock

Your body as a weapon: the rise of the ‘revenge body’ online

The 'revenge body' was once the domain of celebrity gossip. But with the advent of social media, anyone can publicly display a 'new' body post break-up.
Children’s engagement with digital devices is often driven by their desire for creative expression, entertainment and social interaction. Shutterstock

Most adults have never heard of TikTok. That’s by design

In order to reach younger audiences, social media apps must get past the gatekeepers of preteen online engagement: the parents.
In 2018, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love went public with his panic attacks and struggles with anxiety. Reuters/Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

Why it matters that more athletes are talking about their mental health

Because professional athletes are thought to be paragons of physical and mental toughness, their psychological health has long been a taboo topic. That's starting to change.
Digital literacy movements require collaboration between the government, social media platforms and the public. www.shutterstock.com

Combating disinformation in Indonesia

Collaborations between the government, communities, and social media platforms are essential to establish a successful national digital literacy movement
Protest in London against the Cameroonian government’s attacks on Ambazonia separatists. Karl Nesh/Shutterstock

How Twitter has been used in Cameroon’s Anglophone crisis

In many instances, social media appears to be amplifying violence, creating a culture of impunity when perpetrators are not held accountable, and increasing insecurity and suspicion.
Telegram was targeted in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack during the protests. Jerome Favre/AAP

How a cyber attack hampered Hong Kong protesters

Telegram enabled protesters in Hong Kong to evade surveillance, but a DDoS attack and the arrest of a group administrator undermined the ability of protesters to organise and communicate.
Nigerian citizens have turned to social media to keep tabs on infrastructure projects. Shutterstock

Can social media help anti-corruption drives? A Nigerian case study

Tackling corruption is notoriously difficult but Nigeria is pursuing a fresh approach. Using technology, especially social media, its citizens are producing evidence to hold officials to account.
Facebook looks different - but we’re still waiting for clarification on how they’re going to handle user data into the future. Julien de Rosa / AAP

Facebook is now cleaner, faster and group-focused, but still all about your data

Facebook is built on harvesting platform data about its users, crunching that to predict behaviours and allegiances and then selling this package to advertisers. That hasn't changed yet.
Companies use data to make a portrait of their users. ImageFlow/shutterstock.com

Big tech surveillance could damage democracy

Big tech companies compete over who can gather the most intelligence on their users. Countries like Russia and China turn this information against their citizens.

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