We seek ‘likes’ online the way animals seek treats

"Reward learning" can describe both behavior on social media and animals seeking food, research suggests.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Chatbots that resurrect the dead: legal experts weigh in on ‘disturbing’ technology

Our newfound ability to reincarnate the dead as chatbots presents several legal and ethical dilemmas.

Marisa McVey, Research fellow, Aston University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Audio chatrooms like Clubhouse have become the hot new media by tapping into the age-old appeal of the human voice

Social media platform Clubhouse is a buzzy Silicon Valley darling, but its core attribute – audio chat – is unlikely to be a flash in the pan.

Damian Radcliffe, Carolyn S. Chambers Professor in Journalism, University of Oregon • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~9 min

Facebook’s free speech myth is dead – and regulators should take notice

Facebook's choice of profits over the people is difficult to reconcile with its commitment to free speech.

Carolina Are, Researcher and visiting lecturer, City, University of London • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~8 min

After blocking Australian news, Facebook’s free speech myth is dead – and regulators should take notice

Facebook's choice of profits over the people is difficult to reconcile with its commitment to free speech.

Carolina Are, Researcher and visiting lecturer, City, University of London • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~8 min

If Big Tech has the will, here are ways research shows self-regulation can work

Misinformation isn't an inevitable product of social media. Proven techniques can help tech companies clean up their acts.

Anjana Susarla, Omura-Saxena Professor of Responsible AI, Michigan State University • conversation
Feb. 22, 2021 ~10 min

Australia, fighting Facebook, is the latest country to struggle against foreign influence on journalism

The battle between media companies and foreign governments over who controls the news dates back some 150 years, to when European and US wire services dictated the world's headlines.

Vanessa Freije, Assistant Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington • conversation
Feb. 19, 2021 ~10 min

Cambridge psychologist helps Facebook fight climate change misinformation

Social media giant turn to behaviour and communication expert to help them tackle the dangerous anti-science myths that circulate online.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 18, 2021 ~5 min

Tweets reveal new aspect of racially segregated cities

New research uses 133 million tweets to analyze how racially segregated many cities in the United States continue to be.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Feb. 16, 2021 ~9 min

Banning disruptive online groups is a game of Whac-a-Mole that web giants just won't win

Deplatformed groups can all too easily flock to alternative platforms to coordinate.

Andrea Baronchelli, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, City, University of London • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~8 min

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