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Do the Christchurch shootings expose the murderous nature of ‘ironic’ online fascism? | Jason Wilson

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 15, 2019 27323

The most terrible livestream in history suggests online fascism is the most dangerous political current in the world today

Before the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 49 people were murdered at Friday prayers at two mosques, a man who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant posted notice of his intention to live-stream an “attack” on 8chan, the notorious online messageboard.

Online hoaxes show that parents need to grow up

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 10, 2019 10597

The internet is changing children’s lives, with or without silly scare stories

Apologies, all. I write while paddling in the tides of the Momo hoax, a story I am extremely sorry for continuing just when you thought it was safe to open your laptop and one I’m loathe to repeat because, well, then I’m just another voice screaming into the waves, but… oh dear too late, here I am, soaked.

Elizabeth Warren is right – we must break up Facebook, Google and Amazon | Robert Reich

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 09, 2019 7530

The titans of the new Gilded Age must be busted and the idea has bipartisan support. It’s time big tech was brought to heel

The presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren announced on Friday she wants to bust up giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon.

America’s first Gilded Age began in the late 19th century with a raft of innovations – railroads, steel production, oil extraction – but culminated in mammoth trusts run by “robber barons” like JP Morgan, John D Rockefeller, and William H “the public be damned” Vanderbilt.

Facebook criticised after women complain of inaction over abuse

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 04, 2019 6229

Amnesty says social media firm must do more to support users who report harassment

Human rights campaigners have called for action after a survey revealed that more than half of the reports that women lodge about harassment on Facebook are met with no action from the social media company.

The Survation poll, commissioned by the feminist campaign group Level Up, found that 29% of the 1,000 women who took part had been harassed on Facebook.


The debate: should Spotify ban R Kelly and Michael Jackson?

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 12, 2019 5838

Kelly and Jackson stand accused of child sexual abuse – prompting a fierce debate about whether streaming platforms should remove their music. Two Guardian columnists talk it over

Hi Moira,

Related: I’m shocked by those who still won’t accept Michael Jackson as abuser | Dan Reed

I don’t think there is a credible claim that these artists have a right to have their music hosted there

I’m not saying we should all just shrug our shoulders and continue listening to these artists


The #trashtag challenge: why the big litter cleanup is an online trend we can all get behind

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 12, 2019 5785

From throwing buckets of ice to jumping out of moving cars, internet challenges can be silly or reckless. But the latest one is finally worthwhile

From eating cinnamon powder to jumping out of a moving car to getting celebrities to

Leave.EU would lose web address in no-deal Brexit

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 06, 2019 5258

Thousands of other British businesses and individuals would also be affected

The website of the pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU is likely to vanish from the internet in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as part of a move that will affect hundreds of thousands of other British businesses and individuals with .EU domain names.

There are about 340,000 registered British holders of these web addresses, and the government has urged them to make contingency plans as their web addresses will disappear if the UK does not agree a deal with Brussels.

Invisibilia returns with more painful, brilliant stories – podcasts of the week

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - March 14, 2019 3552

Hanna Rosin and Alix Spiegel’s series explores more unseen details of everyday life, including the tale of a dancer who tries to heal an injury by ignoring it

A new report on podcasting underlines the enormous popularity of the medium. According to the Infinite Dial, more than half the population of the US has listened to a podcast, and in 2019 one in three listened to one at least once a month. Particularly notable was the fact that podcasts are beginning to find a robust audience with older listeners, with 17 percent of over-55s saying that they listen to them on a monthly basis, up from 13 percent in 2018.