The mud rarely sticks.
In Kenya, social media has become a new battleground in electoral campaigns.
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The vacuum created by a drop in public trust in mainstream platforms has given rise to new media players who don’t always play by the rules.
The commitment applies to the social network, but not necessarily to the metaverse.
Demonstrators shine their cellphones during a protest in St. Louis in 2020.
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A privacy expert says citizens will need to exercise their right to public protest if they want to preserve their privacy.
The past five to 10 years have seen the rise of artificial intelligence, which is increasingly posing a threat to democracy.
It would be naïve to think that the rise of science and technology hasn’t made it more difficult to understand the problems we face as citizens
How can we keep our personal data safe?
Companies today collect vast amounts of our personal data. What measures can governments and regulators take to reduce the inherent risks and keep our data?
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As more comes to light about the money-making tactics of social media platforms we need to reevaluate our relationship with them.
How much does your virtual reality headset know about your life?
Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja is filmed during an impromptu meeting on the streets of the capital.
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Social media reach is greatest among younger voters, who have integrated online platforms more closely into their personal lives.
Voters head to cast their ballots in Canada’s federal election in Dartmouth, N.S., on Oct. 21, 2019.
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Political parties protect themselves rather than voters in refusing to be bound by privacy laws.
There’s a growing awareness that Cambridge Analytica harnessed social media and personal data to influence elections.
What role do foreign actors play in African elections? Cambridge Analytica’s case sheds some light.
Those who are leaving the platform represent a small, but by no means insignificant, counter current to the norm.
While leaks and whistleblowers continue to be valuable tools in the fight for data privacy, we can’t rely on them solely to keep big tech companies in check.
Most of us are probably having our data tracked in some form. And while there are regulatory safeguards in place to protect user privacy, it’s hard to say whether these are enough.
New technologies and user-level data mean that wealthy companies can influence our politics in ways not open to ordinary people.
Apologies are hard.
The Canadian prime minister is the latest public figure struggling to apologize for past misbehavior. A language scholar explains how to do it right.
Using data during election campaigns is nothing new. But as the Canadian federal election approaches, authorities must be diligent that data tracking doesn’t become surveillance.
Data analytics have played a role in elections for years. But today’s massive voter relationship management platforms use digital campaigning practices to take it to another level.
The increasing use of sensors in smart homes adds to an ever expanding amount of user data that can be collected and commodified.
Companies scrutinise our online likes, dislikes, searches and purchases to produce data that can be used commercially. And it’s often done without us understanding the full extent of the surveillance.
Regulating the internet out of concern for citizens’ privacy should be a key issue in the upcoming election.
The UK Online Harms White Paper outlines possible internet regulation measures, and Canada would do well to study its approach.
Senators during the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s hearing on the social media influence in the 2016 U.S. elections in Washington November 2017. The graphic shows conflict at a rally that was created and promoted by fake Facebook accounts run by Russian trolls.
In the face of digital disruption that threatens the very fabric of democratic culture we must refashion Enlightenment oppositions for new times.
Social media manipulation is tearing societies apart – but it can help put us back together again.