Private browsing: What it does – and doesn't do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

Private mode browsing is a useful way to cover your online tracks. Just don't read too much into the word 'private.'

Hana Habib, Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cybersecurity internet privacy online-privacy web-browsers google-chrome world-wide-web online-ads

Social media users are more likely to believe bunk COVID facts

People who get most of their news from social media are more likely to have misperceptions about COVID-19, a new study shows.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: social-media covid-19 internet journalism society-and-culture health-and-medicine

Photo tweaks could protect your privacy from algorithms

"It is too late to stop people from posting photos on social media in the interest of digital privacy. However, the reliance on AI is something we can target..."

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: social-media artificial-intelligence internet privacy faces science-and-technology photos

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

Hackers demonstrated they can take over Twitter's technology infrastructure, a brazen move that hints at how such an attack could destabilize society.

Laura DeNardis, Professor and Interim Dean, American University School of Communication • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity hacking internet cybercrime twitter technology technology-companies

Your top 3 ideal qualities in a partner aren’t so unique

"...we want partners who have positive qualities, but the qualities you specifically list do not actually have special predictive power for you."

Karen Nikos-UC Davis • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: internet personality relationships society-and-culture

Filter protects against deepfake photos and videos

Adding a protective filter to videos or photos people upload online could prevent them being turned into "deepfakes" that alter their meaning.

Jeremy Schwab-Boston University • futurity
July 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: machine-learning social-media internet video algorithms featured science-and-technology images

The remote British village that built one of the fastest internet networks in the UK

Frustrated by the inability to get good internet, some Lancashire locals decided to dig a superfast connection in themselves.

Kira Allmann, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Oxford • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~24 min

Tags: internet interdisciplinarity broadband in-depth insights-series grassroots community lancashire

Nanosatellites could beam ‘quantum internet’ to Earth

Tiny satellites could be the key to a global quantum internet network. That could mean internet from space on Earth, and communication between spacecraft.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: nanotechnology internet satellites quantum-physics science-and-technology

Fake news may increase trust in government

While consuming online misinformation cuts trust in mainstream news media, for some, it actually boosts trust in the federal government.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: politics internet journalism trust society-and-culture

Autocomplete serves up more bad COVID info in Spanish

Inaccurate or misleading autocompletes are more common when searching for COVID-19 information in Spanish than in English, researchers find.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 internet health-and-medicine languages

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