What will Mark Zuckerberg say to Congress?
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Scholars discuss the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal: what happened, what's at stake, how to fix it, and what could come next.
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A new report unpacks the complex role social media play in the lives of Indigenous Australians.
Facebook’s revenue model is based on gathering and using the data shared by its audience.
Facebook must confront deep challenges if it's to become a force in the global fight against false narratives.
Personal data has been dubbed the “new oil”, and data brokers are very efficient miners.
Third party data brokers trade in personal information and the industry is worth billions. But the activities of these companies remain largely invisible. It's time to shine a light.
In this November 2017 photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators in St. Louis. Zuckerberg is preparing to testify before U.S. Congress over Facebook’s privacy fiasco.
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Why are the masses not disconnecting from Facebook despite the litany of revelations that the company's brass has long viewed them as dumb sheep?
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook users seek answers on how their data is scraped and targeted.
Facebook’s actions – or inactions – facilitated breaches of privacy and human rights associated with democratic governance.
Human rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media companies in their second decade.
The ongoing Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal has generated big headlines, but consumer and marketing research have long questioned the actual effectiveness of psychographic segmentation.
How accurately can you be profiled online?
An email from Aleksandr Kogan sheds light on exactly how much your Facebook data reveals about you, and what data scientists can actually do with that information.
In this April 2017 photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg says he will testify to U.S. Congress about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data breach.
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Facebook has become a key part of the world's infrastructure, not just another tech company. It's time to start treating it that way.
The Facebook CEO has promised to ‘do better’.
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Zuckerberg's control over the way Facebook is run far outstrips his shareholdings. That can be a problem when scandals hit.
Your finger may hover, but it’s hard get rid of it once and for all.
Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
A 2018 pilot project between the Public Health Agency of Canada and Advanced Symbolics will use social media posts as a resource to predict regional suicide rates.
From predicting suicide risk to chatbot therapy, artificial intelligence is all the rage in suicide prevention. The question is, can it really work?
Young people are abandoning Facebook and calls to delete profiles are growing over the alleged exploitation of data for political campaigns.
Every month, over two billion people worldwide log into Facebook.
Facebook's users have wildly different expectations about privacy and security. What may look like inadequate oversight in some places may be considered an overreach in others.
Many social media users have been shocked to learn the extent of their digital footprint.
The silver lining to the Cambridge Analytica case is that more people are recognising that we pay for online services with not only our own privacy, but that of our friends, family and colleagues.
Not creepy at all.
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Slacktivism won't cut it in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
It may seem convenient to think of technology companies as similar, but they’re really not.
When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
What is this man doing with your data?
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Users shouldn't trust Facebook, but that doesn't mean they should immediately abandon what has become a crucial platform for connectedness.
As watchdogs, regulators, tax agencies, and lobby groups apply more pressure to tech giants Google and Facebook, the two companies are rebranding in response.
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It's surprising that news publishers seem to hand more power to Google because now more than ever there's an urgency to have clear barriers between news companies, social media platforms and search engines.