Private messaging apps allow information to spread in an unchecked manner.
Canadians are increasingly turning to private messaging apps where COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories spread in an unregulated manner.
A wider understanding of cultural values will be crucial to the successful implementation of contact-tracing technology across the world.
Accessing India's digital consumers is seen as the key to future growth for big tech companies like Facebook.
Digital media shutdowns in Africa will lead to higher economic costs and greater public outrage.
Canada is poised to pass laws aimed at social media companies and harmful online content. Is it the right approach?
Canada needs to think carefully about our approach to regulating online harm. Rather than going it alone and taking aim at social media companies, Canada should work with other democracies.
What made Facebook grow big wasn’t what its targets would have been without it, it was what they were able to do with it.
In refugee camps, access to the internet means being able to connect to family, information and resources.
During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, research in places like refugee camps can continue through mobile devices connected to the internet.
Teachers still hold the key to children’s learning and no keyboard or screen can replace their role.
Having an end-to-end encrypted messaging ‘ecosystem’ is a great way for Facebook to evade the full wrath of the law. It has come at a convenient time, too.
The Conversation Africa has set up a COVID-19 WhatsApp service to help stem misinformation around the virus. The service will send out broadcast messages each week with content from our site. There are…
Social. media apps need to stay ahead of the global competition to keep the attention of kids.
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Despite efforts to wall off regional or national internets, social media companies will have to continue aggressively competing across borders if they are to grow.
Artist Kudakwashe Chigodo poses for a portrait with his smartphone in Harare.
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Apps like WhatsApp have connected more voices to participate in live talk radio - but this comes with new challenges.
Face to face, virtually.
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Zoom’s privacy and security shortcomings are just the latest videoconferencing vulnerabilities. Knowing each platform’s risks can help people avoid many of the downsides of virtual gatherings.
Social isolation is not new to many elderly people, technology can help alleviate some of the feelings of loneliness.
From Facebook to WhatsApp, technology is important to keeping older generations from feeling lonely while social distancing during coronavirus
Facebook, the least trusted tech company, has taken the lead in fighting coronavirus misinformation.
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Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up to block misinformation and promote accurate information about the coronavirus. Their track records on self-policing are poor. The results so far are mixed.
What lecturers and students can do in the absence of the bricks-and-mortar lecturing experience.
Steps higher education institutions can take to ensure that teaching and learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Medical workers talk with a woman suspected of being ill with a coronavirus at a community health station in Wuhan, China, in January 2020.
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Social media has allowed researchers around the world to collaborate and co-ordinate their efforts to fight the outbreak and contain its spread.
New research has identified the main triggers of this psychological phenomenon, the contexts in which it happens and the types of fears involved in it.
The hand that taps ‘remove from this group’ is the hand that rules the world.
Facebook’s initiative places the company in a complicated situation, as increased user privacy, while positive, could come with potential impunity for offenders.
Facebook is planning to put end-to-end encryption on all its messaging services soon. But governments aren’t happy about it, as it could make it harder to catch criminals.