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Kashmiri villagers shout slogans during a funeral of civilians, in Beerwah, north of Srinagar, August 2016. Danish Ismail/Reuters

A new resistance in Kashmir

`Militancy' in Kashmir has taken on significantly changed dimensions, described best not by the armed struggle of a few, but by the unarmed, highly discursive resistance over new spaces of protest.
Social media might help you navigate the confusing world of sustainability. ra2studio/shutterstock.com

Can Facebook help you make your home more sustainable?

Social media is a great way to to share tips, knowledge and expertise - including about how to reduce the environmental footprint of your home.
How can students think critically about information in today’s age? UBC Library Communications/flickr

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
The photo of your child may look cute today but how will they feel when they’re all grown up? Shutterstock/Michal Staniewski

Think again before you post online those pics of your kids

Many parents love sharing photos of their children on social media. But they should stop and think about how it might affect their children, now and in the future.
Around half of young people are heavy social media users, with one in four teen users constantly connected. garryknight/flickr

How to be a healthy user of social media

How you use social media can provide warning signs of depression or anxiety.
Even without iPhones, people in the 19th century liked to see how long they could strike a pose and stay frozen. Wikimedia Commons

The Victorian origins of the Mannequin Challenge

Long before smartphones filmed the stiffened appendages of people seeking internet fame, striking a pose was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England.
Traditional media gatekeepers are toast. 'Toaster' via www.shutterstock.com

Why do we fall for fake news?

Researcher who has studied online news for 20 years says people fall for fake news because they don't value journalistic sources and consider themselves and their friends as credible news sources.
How can we make sense of information in today’s connected world? Mobile phone image via www.shutterstock.com

How can we learn to reject fake news in the digital world?

Researchers have found that today's students, despite being 'digital natives,' have a hard time distinguishing what is real and what is fake online. Metaliteracy might provide the answers.

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