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Review: The Digital Academic - Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education
Eschewing the polarising perspectives that often characterise discussions of digital technologies in academia, The Digital Academic: Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education, edited by Deborah Lupton, Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson, offers an insightful and diverse take on the digital landscape in Higher Education, covering topics such as MOOCs, ‘flipped classrooms’ and academic blogging. Keeping the human impact of these technologies firmly in view, the book’s contributions are lively, accessible and a frequent joy to read, recommends Dr Jessica Frawley.Read now ❯Review: The Digital Academic - Critical Perspectives on Digital Technologies in Higher Education
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The spread of mobile phone ownership has increased access to health information - for those that have them. But some practitioners are worrying about those left behind, reports Aisling Irwin.Read now ❯Are mobile phones increasing health inequality in India?
We're only weeks away from the General Data Protection Regulation [GDPR] coming into effect - and it's not entirely clear what it means for children. Sonia Livingstone & DaYoung Yoo wonder if greater clarity is generating more confusion.Read now ❯What do Europe's new data rules mean for children online?
We are told that Twitter is the new public sphere, the place where we hold government accountable, encourage diverse voices, and provide resources for public benefit like education, healthcare, and welfare. Using the #metoo campaign as a case study, Naomi Barnes and Huw Davies question whether Twitter really is a public sphere or if it is simply a platform capitalist that monetises displays of outrage?Read now ❯Has Twitter's role as a political influence been overstated?
Increasingly the costs and risks of holding data are turning toxic for businesses. Bhargav Mitra and Robert McCausland explain why.Read now ❯How is identity data creating headaches for large companies?
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How did Facebook likes help Labour at the ballot box?
The 2017 election saw a stronger than foreseen performance by the Labour Party. Matt Walsh explains how Labour’s Facebook success played out, heralding the party’s overall campaign performance. GE2017 was a numbers game: by achieving very high levels of organic reach, Labour managed to target undecided voters in marginal constituencies, energise voters who had drifted away from the party, and mobilise the young.Read now ❯How did Facebook likes help Labour at the ballot box?
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Why is the iPhone X a thousand-dollar gamble?
As it launches a new model, Apple is hoping that its brand will persuade enough people to dig deep into their pockets. Loizos Heracleous explores Apple's thinking.Watch now ❯Why is the iPhone X a thousand-dollar gamble?
In a wide-ranging discussion, Ecobank's Edward George shares his personal views about the future of banks, and digital strategy across African markets.Read now ❯Banks as utilities and the future of payments
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What happens to the poorest in a cashless society?
The race to contactless transactions and virtual currency puts those with least at the most risk, warns Dana KornbergRead now ❯What happens to the poorest in a cashless society?
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?
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
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How can Facebook decide who you really are?
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?
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What effect is social media having on the way we mourn global tragedies?
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!