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Only Half The World’s Population Has Access To Internet

COVID-19 and the Great Lockdown triggered a mass migration from analog to digital and highlighted that access to the Internet is crucial for socioeconomic inclusion. High-speed Internet is key for working from home, for children’s education when they can’t attend school in person, for telemedicine, for benefiting from social support programs, and for enabling access to financial services for everyone, especially for those living in remote areas. Still, Internet usage remains a luxury: half of the world’s population does not have access to the Internet, either through a mobile device or through fixed line broadband.

Read Here – IMFBlogs

There Can Be No Compromise In The Trump Vs. Twitter Beef

If ever there was a thought that the social networks could finesse their way through the question of whether and when to block hateful, damaging content, that has now been extinguished. Trump’s online presence has led to its demise. To act, or not to act, is to pick a side in a political battle.

Read Here – Wired

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order targeting social media companies on Thursday, days after Twitter called two of his tweets “potentially misleading.” Speaking from the Oval Office ahead of signing the order, Trump said the move was to “defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history.”

Read Here – CNN

The Quarter Billion Dollar Question: How Is Disinformation Gaming Ad Tech?

Disinformation is harmful on and offline. The people who spread disinformation have various motives. They might use it to seek attention, promote an ideology, sway an opinion, or receive financial gain.1 The issue of financial motivation is particularly problematic when it comes to programmatic advertising…Those who seek to disinform have taken advantage of an increasingly connected world to push online narratives that sow division and spark conflict.

Read Here – Global Disinformation Index

It’s time to Regulate ‘The Greatest Propaganda Machine In History’ — Social Media

Zuckerberg at Facebook, Sundar Pichai at Google, at its parent company Alphabet, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Brin’s ex-sister-in-law, Susan Wojcicki at YouTube and Jack Dorsey at Twitter. The Silicon Six — all billionaires, all Americans — who care more about boosting their share price than about protecting democracy. This is ideological imperialism — six unelected individuals in Silicon Valley imposing their vision on the rest of the world, unaccountable to any government and acting like they’re above the reach of law. It’s like we’re living in the Roman Empire, and Mark Zuckerberg is Caesar. At least that would explain his haircut.

Read Here – The Times of Israel

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear The Screams

Since its founding, Twitter’s MO has been growth: more tweets, more users, more numbers its shareholders will drool over. And that’s put Twitter in a bit of a pickle. The things that drive the most engagement—controversy and chaos, not kindness and civility—are the things that have come to define Twitter. It is the platform of rage, of virality, of @realDonaldTrump. It is not the platform of, say, relaxing after a hard day at work.

Read Here – Wired

Social Media Has Become A Battleground In Hong Kong’s Protests

Using social media as a tool to galvanise support during a political movement isn’t new, but Hong Kong’s current protesters are using social media in a way demonstrating a heightened awareness of cybersecurity and an increased understanding of how to effectively communicate with the medium.

Read Here – CNBC

Philippines Emerges As A Hateful Dark Web hub

Criminal syndicates involved in drug dealing, sex trafficking, fake identification cards and even explosives sales are all active on the Philippines’ Dark Web, according to law enforcement authorities. Filipino agents are now working with US and South Korean authorities to stem the drug trade on the Dark Web. But it’s not clear until now that resources have been dedicated to curbing hate speech and disinformation spread over the Dark Web.

Read Here – Asia Times

This Is How Social Media Is Being Used In The Middle East

Social media has played an increasingly important role in Middle East politics ever since the 2011 Arab Spring. State actors such as Iran and Saudi Arabia have sought to use social media to influence discourse at home and undermine rivals abroad. How will this new era of online opposition and internet troll armies play out?

Read Here – The National Interest

The Decline And Fall Of The Zuckerberg Empire

Mark Zuckerberg isn’t the first person in human history to draw inspiration from Augustus Caesar, the founder of the Roman Empire, but he’s one of a very few for whom the lessons of Augustus’s reign have a concrete urgency. Both men, after all, built international empires before the age of 33.

Read Here – New York Times Magazine

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