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Fake News review – Trumped-up story fuels punchy media satire

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 15, 2019 8070

Theatre 503, London
A catastrophic fact-checking error that nearly breaks the internet cues Osman Baig’s expressive and energetic one-man piece about digital journalism

The narrator-protagonist of Osman Baig’s first play is identified only as the Journalist, employed at an online provider called Millennium Times. Ticket-buyers play unpaid interns to whom the character, now a senior editor, delivers an induction lecture on “journalistic integrity”.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie tops US album chart with record low of 823 sales

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 15, 2019 7098

New York rapper’s online-only album Hoodie SZN reaches No 1 spot mainly from 83m streams as digital downloads continue to plummet

New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has topped the US album chart with sales of just 823 digital copies, a record low.

His No 1 was mostly powered by streams, with his album Hoodie Szn streamed 83m times across different platforms. With no release for the album on CD or vinyl, the 823 people purchasing it in the week ending 10 January bought digital downloads.

Happy 10th birthday, bitcoin. It’s amazing you still exist | Tibor Fischer

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 03, 2019 4888

False prophets, a rogues’ gallery of blaggers, and fiendish technical complexity: the cryptocurrency has defied them all

Bitcoin, the Big Daddy of cryptocurrencies, which celebrates its 10th birthday today, rarely inspires temperate or informed debate.

For its detractors – mostly elderly bankers and economists – it is tulip-mania, moonshine, hi-tech smoke and mirrors.

Steep price rises and even steeper streets | Brief letters

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 11, 2019 2786

Data grabbing | Country diary | Cost of stamps | A question of perspective | Steepest street title

The solution is surely to use the non-profit Ecosia search engine that plants trees and quite simply guarantees that it protects your data (Together we can thwart big tech’s data grab, Opinion, 7 January)?
Peter Hack
Presteigne, Powys

• It is a daily joy to read such wonderfully detailed accounts of unchanging, centuries-old oak trees, rivers, animals, birds and fauna from around the UK in the

Tech firms have a duty to face down antisemitism | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 11, 2019 2729

Prompts given to users affect the number of antisemitic searches. Companies cannot ignore their role in this

Beyond a quick read of a Wikipedia page, what can the internet really tell us about antisemitism in the United Kingdom? The answer is, a great deal. It has been shown that people are remarkably honest when they search for information online. Their Google searches and queries reveal interests, prejudices and hatreds that they might otherwise keep hidden from friends, family members, neighbours, surveys and even themselves.

What are social media companies doing about suicidal posts?

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 10, 2019 2454

Rapper CupcakKe was hospitalised this week after worrying tweets, highlighting the increasing frequency of posts that need urgent responses

The Chicago rapper CupcakKe prompted alarm this week after tweeting that she was suicidal. Fortunately, the 21-year-old’s followers were quick to spot the tweet and inundated her with messages of concern while authorities were alerted.

In former Soviet states, a new tech-savvy resistance is stirring | Barbara von Ow-Freytag

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - January 08, 2019 1971

From Russia to Armenia to Belarus there has been a surge in online justice campaigns. And it’s making a difference

An exciting wave of innovative activism is emerging across the former Soviet Union. I work for an organisation that supports civic activists and I see a new energy, self-belief and creativity that defies the pessimism permeating western debates about civil society in the region.

What’s refreshing about these Generation Z activists is that they’ve linked up with designers, tech experts and artists to test new forms of advocacy, campaigning and storytelling.