Contact Congress through Facebook
Contact Congress through Facebook

Thanks to a new tool rolled out March 27 you can now contact Congress through Facebook. The tool, called Town Hall, makes it especially easy for the roughly 213.7 million Americans who regularly use Facebook to reach out directly to members of congress and, even, if you want, the president. And, yes, nearly all elected […]

Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts
Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts

Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts in the second half of 2016, according to its latest Transparency Report, published March 21. The company removed those accounts on its own, after its own investigations, without waiting for complaints to be filed by Twitter users themselves. Twitter users or governments reporting tweets promoting terrorism amounted to less […]

Fake news or credible news: friends matter
Fake news or credible news: friends matter

Fake news or credible news: friends matter when it comes to sharing news on the social media according to a new study. “As social platforms such as Facebook or Twitter become major thoroughfares for news, the news organization that does the original reporting still matters,” according to the American Press Institute. “But the study demonstrates […]

Navigation & jamz: Waze & Spotify
Navigation & jamz: Waze & Spotify

On the road again with navigation & jamz: Waze & Spotify are teaming up to link apps and work your tunes into your turns. Talk about a convenient and useful marriage of apps! “With no interruptions, you can navigate to your destination right within the Spotify app allowing you to still listen to all of […]

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance
Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance

Facebook promises no more third-party surveillance – that means companies who sell to police agencies information on Facebook users, typically civil protesters. “Today we are adding language to our Facebook and Instagram platform policies to more clearly explain that developers cannot ‘use data obtained from us to provide tools that are used for surveillance’,” posted […]

Google Hangouts gets down to business
Google Hangouts gets down to business

Google Hangouts gets down to business with renewed life as an enterprise venture for video conferencing and, sure, digital marketing presentations. Hangouts, Google’s long-standing video and texting platform – before any of that was the rage (back in 2013) – has always been easy to use, if not always reliable or without dreaded glitches. But […]

Internet privacy is dead in America
Internet privacy is dead in America

Internet privacy is dead in America. Not that it was ever really alive in the first place. If you use the internet your digital life is an open book, there for anyone to see, corporations to use and governments to peruse. That is a fact of life in the digital age. But even the faintest […]

Twitter tightens troll tamping – yet again
Twitter tightens troll tamping – yet again

Twitter tightens troll tamping – yet again – with even greater precision and speed for those who suffer abuse on the platform. In what’s become a series of measures, each one aimed at further reducing harassment, everyone’s favorite micro-blog will be rolling out more tools to use its own technology, respond faster to complaints while […]

Are you good bot or a bad bot?
Are you good bot or a bad bot?

Are you a good bot or a bad bot? We’re talking to you: the majority of internet traffic now originating from bots. You can’t respond? Aren’t you a bot? The latest report from web security and research firm Imperva suggests that – once again – over half the internet traffic today comes from bots. More […]

The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]