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Images of students on school Facebook pages could fall into the wrong hands. Sol de Zuasnabar Brebbia/Getty Images

School posts on Facebook could threaten student privacy

When school officials post photos about students on Facebook, they may be inadvertently enabling data mining firms and others to use the information for other purposes, new research has found.
There’s a creeping conformity taking place on the web. Mint Images via Getty Images

Yes, websites really are starting to look more similar

Design bloggers have long had creeping suspicion of a more monolithic web, so a team of researchers decided to analyze the aesthetics of nearly 10,000 websites.
The GDPR should provide better protection of data and benefit the economy. Christian Wiediger/Unsplash

Four flagship measurements of the GDPR for the economy

The General Data Protection Regulations have been in force since May 2018. Analysis of its four key measures: labels, liability obligation, portability and pseudonymisation.
Facebook already controls how its users’ data can be gathered and shared. It’s university ethics boards that need to join the digital age. Shutterstock

Regulating Facebook won’t prevent data breaches

The Cambridge Analytica scandal wasn’t a data breach – it was a violation of academic ethics. Maybe it’s universities, not social networks, that need to update their privacy settings.
Who’s collecting your data, and what are they using your data for? Brian A. Jackson/Shutterstock.com

The real costs of cheap surveillance

What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it’s accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Experiment design affects the quality of the results. IAEA Seibersdorf Historical Images

Why isn’t science better? Look at career incentives

Embracing more rigorous scientific methods would mean getting science right more often than we currently do. But the way we value and reward scientists makes this a challenge.

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