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What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is. AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Think Facebook can manipulate you? Look out for virtual reality

As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there's an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
Tech companies can use differential privacy to collect and share aggregate data about user habits, while maintaining individual privacy. Tim Snell/Flickr

Explainer: what is differential privacy and how can it protect your data?

How should privacy be protected in a world where data is gathered and shared with increasing speed and ingenuity? Differential privacy, a new model of cyber security, provides a potential solution.
Teen sexting has been on the rise over the last decade as smartphones have become more available; meanwhile teen sex has declined. (Shutterstock)

One in seven teens are ‘sexting,’ says new research

Teen sexting is on the rise. Boys and girls are equally likely to share sexually explicit imagery but girls report feeling more pressure to sext and more judgement about how they do it.
‘Biomusic’ technology collects autonomic nervous system signals, such as heart rate, through a wearable sensor and maps them to sound. (Shutterstock)

How we can design the music of our emotions

Imagine a collaboratively-designed smartphone app that could provide cues to an autistic individual -- about the emotional state of people they are communicating with.
Digital documents are not nearly as easy to retrieve. Africa Studio/

Estate planning for your digital assets

What happens to your Facebook account, your iTunes purchases and your email messages when you die?
You might be surprised to find what your data says about your past – and future – health. Scanrail1/

Our laws don’t do enough to protect our health data

What can be done to prevent employers from rejecting individuals based on concern about future illnesses? Currently, nothing.

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