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Many teenagers have stopped using Facebook and have gravitated instead to image-sharing platforms like Instagram. (Alex Iby/Unsplash)

The social implications of teens leaving Facebook

Teens – especially wealthier ones – are walking away from Facebook, towards picture-centric social media.
Changing the legal definition of employee is not enough to ensure the protection of gig workers into the future. AAP / Joel Carrett

How to stop workers being exploited in the gig economy

The crucial question is not whether gig workers are employees or independent contractors, but what rights they ought to have as contractors.
People in remote areas use the internet much less for entertainment and formal education compared to their urban counterparts. Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Australia’s digital divide is not going away

The people who have the most to gain from the extraordinary resources of the internet are missing out, including those not employed, older Australians and migrants from non-English speaking countries.
Telecommunications wires stretch along a rural Kansas road. Technology & Information Policy Institute, University of Texas

Reaching rural America with broadband internet service

Many people in rural America don't have access to fast, affordable internet access. How might those communities connect to the global exchange of goods, services and ideas?
The idea that there’s a moral imperative for humans to expand beyond Earth is echoed by influential proponents of space exploration. Tamara Craiu/Flickr

To boldly go toward new frontiers, we first need to learn from our colonial past

Technology had enabled humans to explore the deep sea, the Earth's poles, and outer space. But we shouldn't forget historical lessons about frontiers in the process of traversing them.
Doctors are turning to digital devices for medical records, but Latinos lag in use of portals to access them. From www.shutterstock.com

Latinos face digital divide in health care

Patient portals are fast becoming a way of health care life in the U.S., but they are leaving an important group behind. Latinos are much less likely to use portals than non-Latinos.
Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, surrounded by school pupils and officials, samples the metropole’s free internet service. Pretoria News/Masi Losi

South Africa’s vote against internet freedom tarnishes its global image

That South Africa has voted against rights enshrined in its globally celebrated, progressive constitution suggests a troubling indifference to its human rights commitments.
Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (right). AAP/Mick Tsikas

How do Labor and the Coalition differ on NBN policy?

Now the ALP has released its much-anticipated National Broadband Network policy, it gives voters a chance to see how the Coalition and the Opposition's plans compare.

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