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Google’s EU headquarters is located in Dublin, Ireland. The EU’s new Digital Markets Act could rein in the company’s power. Wikimedia

Can the EU’s Digital Markets Act rein in big tech?

While the EU’s ground-breaking legislation to regulate “digital gatekeepers” has its flaws, it could rein in big tech and significantly change how it operates in Europe – and perhaps the world.
The process of conducting elections has become a focal point for misinformation. AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Experts grade Facebook, TikTok, Twitter, YouTube on readiness to handle midterm election misinformation

Misinformation has bedeviled social media companies for years, and the problem is especially consequential during elections. Are the companies up to the job as the 2022 midterm elections approach?
Same app, same app store, different risks if you download it in, say, Tunisia rather than in Germany. NurPhoto via Getty Images

The same app can pose a bigger security and privacy threat depending on the country where you download it, study finds

Mobile apps are sometimes ‘regionalized’ to better serve the needs of users, functioning differently in, for example, China than in Canada. But some of those differences pose security and privacy risks.
TikTok’s popularity continues to rise, while other social media networks have seen a decline. (Shutterstock)

As pandemic measures are lifted, social media use has declined with the exception of TikTok

The Chinese-owned app TikTok continues its growth as one of the most popular social media networks. After pandemic health measures were lifted, other social media networks saw a decline in use.
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How dark is ‘dark advertising’? We audited Facebook, Google and other platforms to find out

None of the major digital platforms lets the public see what advertising they carry and how it’s targeted, according to a new report.
Bill C-18, the Online News Act, is trying to get the dominant digital platforms to negotiate mutually-acceptable agreements with Canada’s online news outlets. (Shutterstock)

Why Ottawa’s efforts to get Google and Facebook to pay for news content misses the mark

There’s no evidence that news outlets are worse off because of Google, Facebook and other aggregators. If anything, evidence shows that, overall, news outlets would be in worse shape without them.
Online reviews are not always what they might seem. Thapana_Studio via Shutterstock

Online reviews are broken – here’s how to fix them

A recent extortion scam involved threatening to leave unfavourable reviews to restaurants unless they paid up shows the dangers of relying on the wisdom of crowds.
Words can have a powerful effect on people, even when they’re generated by an unthinking machine. iStock via Getty Images

Google’s powerful AI spotlights a human cognitive glitch: Mistaking fluent speech for fluent thought

Fluent expression is not always evidence of a mind at work, but the human brain is primed to believe so. A pair of cognitive linguistics experts explain why language is not a good test of sentience.

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