Before & After I Became a Social Justice Vampire

This piece is about the vampires many of us became in our quest for the mountaintop, but it’s also about another world beyond that landscape, where our utopian visions might actually still be grown.

Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

By S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communication & Co-Director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, Bingjie Liu, Ph.D. Student in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, Michael Krieger, Ph.D. Student in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University, and Carlina DiRusso, Ph.D. Student in Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University. Your finger may hover, but it’s…

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Opinion: Facebook may have violated your privacy, but has it also damaged your health?

Facebook is in crisis following allegations that the company allowed a data-analysis firm linked to the Trump campaign to get private information on 50 million Americans before the 2016 elections. But this may be just the beginning of a wider public backlash against Facebook and many other big tech firms. In coming months, you will probably…

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Cambridge Analytica Harvested Info on 50 Million People

Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm hired by Donald Trump’s election team, harvested data on 50 million Facebook users for targeted political propaganda campaigns, reported The Observer and The New York Times on Saturday. Cambridge Analytica also held previously undiclosed discussions with Russian energy firm Lukoil, according to reports. The reports followed Facebook suspending the company…

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Pope Francis picks ‘fake news’ as theme of upcoming address

Pope Francis plans to address the “fake news” phenomenon early next year, His Holiness announced Friday. “I have chosen this theme for World Communications Day 2018: ‘The truth will set you free’ (Jn:32). Fake news and journalism for peace,” the pope tweeted. Specifically he’ll set his sights on “baseless information that contributes to generating and nurturing a strong polarization of opinions…

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Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president