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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.