People have formed tribes since the dawn of time and, in the digital age, online tribes are helping members deal with all the uncertainties and decisions involved in getting kids ready for school.
We know targeted political adverts contribute to polarisation, but commerical ones leave us fragmented too.
Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don’t read too much into the word ‘private.’
While some online services such as banking do warrant using your true information, many sites shouldn’t require the same level of disclosure. Here’s how to protect yourself in such cases.
Many sites offer the ability to ‘opt out’ of targeted advertisements, but doing so isn’t easy. Simplifying and standardizing opt-outs would help improve privacy on the web.
Rather than revealing an advertiser targeted you by your phone number or email address, Facebook may tell you it showed you a particular ad because you like Facebook. That’s not much help.
The drumbeat of data breaches and the growing problem of identity theft disproportionately harm low-income Americans.
YouTube channels are increasingly targeting children, but research shows these young viewers may not understand when they are being sold to.
Thanks to the prevalence of technology, children are exposed to thousands of commercials a year. How can parents make their children more aware of how commercials influence what they think and do?
After 15 years of Facebook, the ways brands use it for marketing and advertising have changed – right alongside the way people make decisions as they scroll through a never-ending feed of information.
If you’re worried your phone is recording your private conversations, look closer at the data you’ve already agreed to give away.
Experts describe their research into how smartphones collect and share private personal information with tracking companies and advertisers.
Without much delay, Facebook and Twitter could make significant changes to limit political manipulation and propaganda. Will they? And will users ask it of the social media giants?
As the online trade of pets becoming normalised, regulation is now needed to protect animals.
A robust and enforceable code is needed for online services to design sites and apps in a way that is appropriate for different age groups.
Many of the online testimonials you might read for dentists and other health professional can not only mislead, they can be illegal.
People who think like hackers have some really good ideas about how to protect digital privacy during turbulent times. We can learn from them.
Attempts to model your web experience led to fears of an echo chamber effect, but rather than reinforcing your sense of self, the process might be altering it.
When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.