Even though Facebook claims to be a global community, its rise has come at the expense of online subcultures for marginalized people, from body modification enthusiasts to drag queens.
Cyber abuse between intimate partners is common and devastating – there needs to be a greater focus on holding perpetrators to account.
The Conversation Global examines the varied ways that governments around the world rely on digital tools to exercise power.
They have some big ideas.
When leaders of weak democracies use social media to connect with their constituents, people feel heard. But Twitter responses won't give citizens what they need.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows how to use social media in politics. But the rest of his government? Not so much.
Forget old-school state propaganda. Kazakhstan's government has reinvented itself through social media.
While Facebook's Zuckerberg suggested as much recently, companies run like autocracies cannot fulfill technology's promise of reinvigorating the democratic process.
Can social media create opportunities to identify and challenge government pitfalls and problematic policies?
Giving is changing, moving more into the online realm and taking on different forms – and some charities are struggling to keep up.
How do you know your search results or social media feeds aren't being manipulated for political purposes? It's not a crime to do so. But we believe it should be.
This is election year for several African countries and there's a need to ensure social media isn't used to incite violence. But can governments be prevented from restricting citizens’ rights?
Demand has surged for Snapchat's stock but the loss-making company's long-term success is far from certain.
Social media use is weakly associated with depressed mood in the young, but it's not clear which way cause and effect runs.
You might think that trolling on the internet is done by a small, vocal minority of sociopaths. But what if all trolls aren’t born trolls? What if they are ordinary people like you and me?
Part of HUD's budget goes to improving American cities. Social media monitoring offers a novel way to judge if that money is being well spent.
In Africa, the idea of a post-truth era - which by implication fundamentally presupposes the existence of an era in which ‘truth’ was self-evident - is folly.
The Facebook CEO's vision for a digital future still needs a little work.
The idea of white victimhood played an important part in Donald Trump's rise. The South African brand of white supremacy has made a tangible contribution to this narrative of victimhood.
Alternative facts owe more to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than Orwell's 1984.