The metaverse might be a work in progress, but a key prototype – the virtual world – has been around for several decades.
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Who makes money from the metaverse, and how, comes down to what it becomes. And shaping the metaverse is, to a large degree, a matter of definitions.
The vast majority of high-profile big tech whistleblowers in recent years have been women.
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Frances Haugen, Timnit Gebru and Janneke Parrish are at the forefront of a group of high-profile women calling out big tech. Is there a connection between their gender and their role as whistleblowers?
What will it take for the metaverse to live up to its potential?
The metaverse is being hyped as a game-changing virtual platform that will transform our digital lives. But it has some inherent challenges to overcome in order to achieve mass adoption.
An expert had a confusing time trying out Facebook dating.
Elon Musk has indicated he might pull back on moderation of Twitter.
Elon Musk will need to tackle false information on Twitter, say researchers.
Humour is now part of the modern election campaign. Facebook and TikTok have become joke battlegrounds.
A Meta spokesperson told The Conversation non-news pages had been taken down by mistake. Whistleblower allegations contradict this.
From voting info to risqué quips, this election, online political ads are more pervasive than ever before.
The digital public sphere is constantly evolving, so we need a regulatory framework that helps to structure public discussion, and in turn guide our own public contributions as citizens.
A new Gilded Age of media barons?
Media ownership has consolidated around a handful of billionaires – and that might not be great for democracy.
We are connecting ourselves, our homes and our workplaces to lots of internet-enabled devices: smartwatches, smart lightbulbs, toasters, fridges … How to keep all their data private?
Far-right candidates Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen have both benefited from substantial support by media groups sympathetic to their ideas.
While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
Farmers are at increased risk of loneliness and isolation.
New research shows using social media can provide a much-needed boost to UK farmers’ wellbeing, connectedness and mental health, and even bank balances.
Social media provides spaces for participation – but also for misinformation.
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The system behind apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp isn’t neutral. It encodes political communication, influencing what users see.
As the COVID-19 pandemic pushed people online, the result has been increasing divisions on social media.
People used social media to connect with others, but after the pandemic, social media is increasingly fractured. Users adopt closed media spaces where they feel safe to express personal values.
While the ACCC failed in a similar case against Google in 2013, there are some key details in this one which could give it more leverage.
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The government is proposing upheavals to online content regulation, but that won’t be enough to make the internet safer.
The mud rarely sticks.
In Kenya, social media has become a new battleground in electoral campaigns.
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The vacuum created by a drop in public trust in mainstream platforms has given rise to new media players who don’t always play by the rules.
The Kremlin has exerted tight control over news and social media in an effort to control the information Russians receive about the Ukraine war.
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Even as it wages a propaganda and disinformation campaign in Ukraine, Russia is fighting to retain control of the story within Russia.