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Beset by advertisements and noxious information, our attention is increasingly fractured. Shutterstock

When critical thinking isn’t enough: to beat information overload, we need to learn ‘critical ignoring’

Lateral reading, self-nudging and a persistent refusal to feed the trolls are some of the ways one can better manage information.
Property address has long been a problem in Ghana Wikimedia Commons

Ghana digitised its address system: its failure offers lessons to other African countries creating smart cities

Ghanaians aren’t using the new ‘smart’ street address system which was intended to improve service delivery.
When asked to recall the popular children’s book series ‘The Berenstain Bears,’ many people make the same error by spelling it ‘The Berenstein Bears.’ Stephen Osman/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

New study seeks to explain the ‘Mandela Effect’ – the bizarre phenomenon of shared false memories

People are puzzled when they learn they share the same false memories with others. That’s partly because they assume that what they remember and forget ought to be based only on personal experience.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on September 10 — with 34 Starlink satellites and a rideshare package for AST SpaceMobile. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today via AP) Craig Bailey/AP

Starlink, Amazon and others are racing to fill the sky with bigger satellites to deliver mobile coverage everywhere on Earth

Starlink has plans to connect phones, planes and even cruises to its space satellites. But there are hold-ups.
Russia has pioneered the concept of digital sovereignty and used it to severely restrict Russians’ access to the internet. NurPhoto via Getty Images

Kremlin tightens control over Russians’ online lives – threatening domestic freedoms and the global internet

For more than a decade, the Russian government has been putting teeth into its doctrine of ‘digital sovereignty’ by steadily increasing censorship of content and control over internet access.
Greg Jacob, who was counsel to former Vice President Mike Pence, and Michael Luttig, a retired federal judge, testified about the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Michael Reynolds/Pool Photo via AP

The Jan. 6 hearings are tailor-made for social media – that doesn’t mean they’re reaching a wide audience

Today’s media landscape is a far cry from the days of Watergate. A media scholar looks at the challenge the Jan. 6 committee faces in getting the hearings to break through in the age of TikTok.
Support for young internet users needs to come from parents, teachers, governments and the social media industry. Adam and Kev via GettyImages

Children’s mental health and the digital world: how to get the balance right

Understanding the impact of the digital environment on children’s mental health requires a balanced consideration of not only the potential risks, but also the benefits of the online world.

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