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How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

Apps Politics Tech

In April 2014, a public relations firm representing the Saudi Embassy asked Ahmad Abouammo, part of Twitter’s global media team, to verify an account belonging to a Saudi news personality. This request for a blue checkmark opened the door to a working relationship with the country’s government.

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

War Propaganda: How To Get A Country To Go To War

Media Videos

The war propaganda function in the United States is finely tuned. It’s sophisticated and most of all it blends into the media terrain. While the names of the countries changed, and of course each circumstance was different, there were some parallels that cried out for examination.

What Would Happen If Facebook Were Turned Off?

What Would Happen If Facebook Were Turned Off?

Apps Life Tech

Facebook is blamed for all sorts of social horrors: from addiction and bullying to the erosion of fact-based political discourse and the enabling of genocide. New research—and there is more all the time—suggests such accusations are not entirely without merit. It may be time to consider what life without Facebook would be like.

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Digital Technology Is Not To Blame For Our Hyperfast Lives

Life Psychology Tech

Life in the 21st century, we are told, is faster than ever. Time is scarce, the pace of everyday life is accelerating, and everyone complains about how busy they are. For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?

Ramzan Kadyrov: Brutal Tyrant, Instagram Star

Ramzan Kadyrov: Brutal Tyrant, Instagram Star

Apps Politics Videos

Ramzan Kadyrov is the leader of Chechnya. He is a Putin proxy that has been in charge of the Russian republic since 2007. Despite revelations about kidnapping, torturing and killing gay people, Kadyrov has continued to maintain an upbeat profile on Instagram, where he is a prolific user.

When Art Becomes Self-Help

When Art Becomes Self-Help

Art

Jerry Saltz’s new book gives a series of short instructions or prompts, some banal and others provocative, on both looking at and making art, for audiences of any level of art fluency. The appetite for this kind of advice has only increased in the past decade, as the art world has become more visible to the wider public.

The Influencer And The Hit Man

The Influencer And The Hit Man

Apps Crime Tech

How a years-long domain name feud for DoItForState.com ended in a bloody shootout. “Do It For State” is the hyperviral tagline associated with the social media company State Snaps, which aggregates and posts debaucherous college-aged behavior on its Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

Health Science Tech

The length of time our “collective attention” is on any given event has grown shorter, and topics become popular and then drop out of public view at an accelerating rate. It’s no surprise if it feels harder and harder to dwell deeply on any topic.

Inside The Most Watched YouTube Channel In The World

Inside The Most Watched YouTube Channel In The World

Apps Business Tech

India’s T-Series built an online empire from Bollywood. Now it has to survive Netflix. Bhushan Kumar argues that T-Series has no reason to fear this invasion, and not just because it sits behind a moat filled with more than 200 million YouTube subscribers.

Instagram, My Daughter, And Me

Instagram, My Daughter, And Me

Apps Life Tech

What Instagram has allowed me to do is to employ a kind of digital physics, to warp my experience of space and time in my favor. In the offline world, I spend precious hours with her and then she disappears. But online, she is with me again when I post, and then again each time I receive a notification.

The Contrepreneur Formula Exposed

The Contrepreneur Formula Exposed

Videos

People are getting rich selling crap online courses because you believe there is some kind of secret formula to create passive income. In this video, Mike Winnet explains the science behind the CONtrepreneur formula. He spent 6 months buying their courses and attending their events so you don’t have to.

Parents Shouldn’t Spy On Their Kids

Parents Shouldn’t Spy On Their Kids

Apps Life

With tracking technologies such as mSpy, Teen Safe, Family Tracker, and others, parents can monitor calls, texts, chats, and social media posts. Apps that make it easy to invade kids’ privacy are a recipe for arrested development.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

How Wikipedia’s Volunteers Became The Web’s Best Weapon Against Misinformation

Long Reads Media Tech

Twenty years after it sputtered onto the web, it’s now a de facto pillar in our fact-checking infrastructure. Its pages often top Google search and feed the knowledge panels that appear at the top of those results. Big Tech’s own efforts to stop misinformation also rely upon Wikipedia.

Unfold: The App That Lets You Create Beautiful Stories

Unfold: The App That Lets You Create Beautiful Stories

Apps Tech

Unfold is an app and toolkit for storytellers. It’s used by celebs, influencers and other Instagram power users. Create beautiful and engaging stories from minimal and elegant templates. The app is available for iOS and Android.

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

Long Reads Tech

The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. The future of TripAdvisor and similar enterprises seems less certain than it once did.

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Infinite Scroll: Life Under Instagram

Apps Long Reads Tech

The speed of machine learning is startling, often creepy. It is hard to tell what is creepier: the feeling that someone is somewhere out there, following your every step, or the fact that no one is, just the tracking device you carry with you in your pocket.

The Impossible Architecture Of Dreams

The Impossible Architecture Of Dreams

Architecture Art Design Innovation

Where do we go when we dream? This surreal territory has proved fertile ground for a new generation of contemporary artists working at the intersection of architecture, interior design, and technology. The dreamscapes of these creations offer an intriguing insight into a new movement in digital art.

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

The Secret Rules Of The Internet

Long Reads Politics Tech

Many US-based companies continue to consign their moderators to the margins, shipping their platforms’ digital waste to “special economic zones” in the Global South. The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech.

‘Weird News,’ ‘Dumb Criminals’ And The Media’s Monetization Of Human Misery

‘Weird News,’ ‘Dumb Criminals’ And The Media’s Monetization Of Human Misery

Crime Media

There’s a cynical local-to-national news pipeline designed to mock the powerless under the guise of “odd” news stories. The public’s perception of crime is often significantly out of alignment with the reality. This is caused, in part, by frequently sensationalist, decontextualized media coverage.

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

Explainers Long Reads Media Tech

It took me years to really understand where all the information I saw online was coming from. So this isn’t just a guide to spotting when something is fake. It’s a system for slowing down and thinking about information — whether that information is true, false, or something in between.

The Web We Have To Save

The Web We Have To Save

Long Reads Media Tech

In the past, the web was powerful and serious enough to land me in jail. Today it feels like little more than entertainment. The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it?

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

How The Views Of A Few Can Determine A Country’s Fate

Media Politics Psychology

Some of the latest research shows us that one reason for the polarisation we see today comes down to a few, incredibly influential minorities. For better or worse, small but incredibly influential groups can change the course of political debate. But is this leading us to hold more polarised views?

Millennials Have Discovered ‘Going Out’ Sucks

Millennials Have Discovered ‘Going Out’ Sucks

Life

This is the first generation ever to admit that going out actually sucks. “More young people are choosing to spend a quiet evening at home.” We’re not even cool enough to get drunk: “A 2016 survey by Heineken found that when millennials do bother to venture outside, 75 percent drink in moderation.”

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

Health Life Long Reads Psychology

We’re spoiled, entitled, lazy, and failures at what’s come to be known as “adulting,” a word invented by millennials as a catchall for the tasks of self-sufficient existence. I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Inside Mark Zuckerberg’s Lost Notebook

Long Reads Tech

In a journal with unlined 8-by-10 paper, Zuckerberg sketched his mission and product design and explored how a tiny company might become a vital utility for the world. In detail, he described features called Open Registration and Feed, two products that would supercharge his company.

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Fake It Till You Make It: Meet The Wolves Of Instagram

Apps Long Reads

To thousands of young millennials from humble backgrounds, Jordan Belfort’s Wolf of Wall Street story became a blueprint for how to escape an unremarkable life on low pay. Their social media feeds display super-rich lifestyles, but what are these self-styled traders really selling?

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Why Can’t We Agree On What’s True Any More?

Long Reads Media

It’s not about foreign trolls, filter bubbles or fake news. If there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Technology encourages us to believe we can all have first-hand access to the ‘real’ facts – and now we can’t stop fighting about it.

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