Read the latest news about controlling the tech giants, location tracking, bots grabbing the best deals, bullying, education and more…
TOP NEWS THIS WEEK:
NEW CODE FOR TECH GIANTS
The Government is to set up a new dedicated Digital Markets Unit to challenge the dominant position of Amazon and Facebook. The aim is to give consumers more choice and to support the news publishing industry. Read more here.
TRACKING THE UTAH MONOLITH
If you had any doubts about the power of online maps and tracking, read this article about how internet sleuths found a metal structure reported to be deep in the Red Rock desert. The official announcement of the discovery of the Utah monolith withheld its exact location, but it only took 48 hours for the first person to make their way to it. Read more here.
BOTS TO GET THE BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS
As the Black Friday deals started, a recent analysis has revealed that great deals on goods such as the new PS5 will likely be grabbed first by bots. As the pandemic has brought higher demand and higher numbers of online shoppers, people looking to make a profit off Black Friday deals have unleashed armies of bots to secure the best deals. Read more here.
Children’s Minister Speaks Out Against Bullying
The Government’s Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, speaks out against deeply offensive language on social media platforms and calls on companies to act now to better protect children online rather than waiting for legislation to force them to do so. Read more here.
Act Against Information Warfare
Recent innovations in technology have allowed misinformation, fake news or information warfare to flourish. The information warfare network, @HutEighteen, was recently launched to collaborate with the Defence Academy and act on these issues. Read more here.
Smartphone Addiction Study
A recent study conducted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) disputes previous research which suggested notifications were a key driver of constant smartphone checking. The LSE study revealed that 89% of phone interactions were unprompted by alerts and were more due to learned user behaviour. Read more here.
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