Grieving in the internet age: would posting photos of my dead friend look performative? | Kate Cunningham

Maybe my social media conundrum is all part of accepting the futility of grief. Nothing I do, or dont do, will change his fate My favourite photo of my friend John is the one I took just after smearing a lipstick kiss on his cheek. In it, he has turned to the camera, toothy grin exposed and eyes wild, caught out in surprise. John died in 2012. He had skin cancer that went into remission but later metastasised and came …

To fix the problem of deepfakes we must treat the cause, not the symptoms | Matt Beard

Once technology is released, its like herding cats. Why do we continue to let the tech sector manage its own mess? We havent yet seen a clear frontrunner emerge as the Democratic candidate for the 2020 US election. But Ive been interested in another race the race to see which buzzword is going to be a pivotal issue in political reporting, hot takes and the general political introspection that elections bring. In 2016 it was fake news. Deepfake is shoring …

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

The titans of social media are trapped, and we’re all suffering for it. As free services, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube monetize you by keeping you engaged, so they can show you more ads. The services are designed to exploit our brain chemistry, flashing us notifications and giving us one more hit of algorithm-recommended video. If they didn’t, their revenue would dwindle and shareholders would be unhappy. This is not a mutually beneficial relationship, as the platforms like to say; it’s …

The Ambitious Plan Behind Facebooks Cryptocurrency, Libra

Near the end of 2017, on a Dominican Republic beach with his family, Facebook executive David Marcus wrestled with a question he’d been pondering since his previous job as president of PayPal. How would you build the internet of money? A friction-free global digital currency would be a boon for the many people with mobile phones but no access to banking. And who better to develop something like this, he wondered, than Facebook, with its global reach and massive user …