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In online communities, people can explore their interests – even if they’re not common ones. tomass2015/iStock/Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

What teens see in closed online spaces like the Discord app

Initially a service to let gamers voice and text chat while playing, most of Discord’s current users build and maintain online communities – though not always very big ones.
Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, an organisation which aims to develop international standards for the web. SHUTTERSTOCK

The internet’s founder now wants to ‘fix the web’, but his proposal misses the mark

The father of the web wants to address issues including malicious content circulation, misinformation, and the polarisation of online debate. But the methods he is proposing aren’t great.
Digital documents are not nearly as easy to retrieve. Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

Estate planning for your digital assets

What happens to your Facebook account, your iTunes purchases and your email messages when you die?
Internet safety in early childhood is a new area of research because, until now, children as young as four weren’t able to easily access the internet. Shutterstock

What to teach your preschooler about internet safety

Touchscreen technologies have made it easy for children as young as four to go online. Here are some things to teach them about how to be safe on the internet.
Do you know who has the rights to access your digital data? And who might be interested in acquiring that information? West Point-US Military Academy/Flickr

Act now to protect your digital rights, Big Brother and his Little Sisters may be watching

Sooner or later, China will recognise the value of digital assets. This adds to the urgency of citizens ensuring they control the data trails that tell the world what they think and do.
Do people use the internet in ways that disadvantage nonwhites? magic pictures/shutterstock.com

Is there structural racism on the internet?

The physical world is racially segregated as a result of structural racism. A researcher examines whether similar problems exist online.

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