Is emoji another example of the dumbing-down of our language and culture or is there a more educational purpose to the little pictures used to communicate?Read now ❯What can emoji teach us about human civilization?
Even as it coped with the shock, Manchester and its people displayed their strength of character. Caroline Cheetham tells how a Northern city rallied in the streets, and on social media.Read now ❯After Manchester: The strength of the city
Much as in Europe, governments in Africa are nervous about how social media might influence the population. Charlotte Cross explores an difficult relationship.Read now ❯Why are many African governments wary of social media?
A flexible BSc that allows you to build your own study route from across science, maths and technology - and beyond.Read more ❯Shape your own STEM BSc with an Open Degree
Tax judgements, privacy concerns, wonky algorithms, Labour's digital plans and antitrust worries. OpenLearn brings you a quick guide to a busy day of technology stories.Listen now ❯Taxes and privacy: A tech business reading list
Daniel Miller's study of how Facebook is used in Trinidad raises many questions about whether it can be a community - and about privacy.Read now ❯Friendship on- and off-line: Facebook in Trinidad
Scapegoating Facebook for the murder of Lee Rigby is wrong and is being used for political gains, writes Ray Corrigan.Read now ❯Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense
Facebook's policy of insisting on real names is causing problems for people who value their privacy. For Ellery Roberts Biddle, the social network is overstepping its boundaries by demanding proof of identity without having proper policies in place to protect its users.Read now ❯How can Facebook decide who you really are?
Is the outpouring of grief we see on social media after a terrorist attack or the death of a prominent figure a sincere expression of emotion, or more to do with self-promotion?Read now ❯What effect is social media having on the way we mourn global tragedies?
In both the planning and response to the Paris Attacks on November 13th, social media played a role. Two experts explain more.Read now ❯Paris Attacks: Social media is the villain of the piece, and the hero of the hour
The recent riots have shown that verifying sources can be a tricky job. The OU's Tony Hirst asks how can we make effective use of social media as a reliable news channel?Read now ❯Riot mapping and social media
The thing at the top? Photographer JD Hancock explains:
Austin, Texas electronic super-scientist Dr. Bleep (aka John-Mike Reed) was kind enough to let me borrow one of his amazing audio/visual creations, a “Thingamagoop 2” to be specific. It lights up, it makes music and sound, it looks fantastic, and all of the knobs and switches actually do stuff. The Thingamagoop 2 is no longer being produced, so I am so grateful that I got to put one in front of my camera!