ABC-run social network proposed to step in for Facebook and Google in Australia | Technology

A publicly-funded social network run by the ABC has been proposed as one possible response if Facebook and Google limit services in Australia when the mandatory news code becomes law this year. Facebook has warned it will block Australians from sharing news if the landmark plan to make digital platforms Continue Reading

NHS using drones to deliver coronavirus kit between hospitals | Technology

An NHS drone is being used to courier Covid-19 samples, blood tests and personal protective equipment between hospitals in England. It is hoped that the trials, backed by a £1.3m grant from the UK Space Agency, can establish a network of air corridors for electric drones to navigate using GPS. Continue Reading

Facebook says it rejected 2.2m ads seeking to obstruct voting in US election | Facebook

A total of 2.2m ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to “obstruct voting” in the upcoming US presidential election, Facebook’s vice president Nick Clegg has said. In addition, warnings were posted on 150m examples of false information posted online, the former British Continue Reading

Europe and America are taking on the tech giants. Britain needs to join the fight | Will Hutton | Opinion

It’s time to address monopoly capitalism and, in particular, monopoly data capitalism, which has been turbo-charged by Covid-19, forcing the world to live and work online. A Joe Biden presidency – increasingly likely – and an EU unhampered by British reluctance to do anything bold to reform or even tax Continue Reading

Want an arts bailout? Then you’d better praise Sunak & Co | Arts funding- Tempemail

Arts organisations and businesses desperate for financial survival have been told that rescue grants are tied to them publicly praising a government campaign. Emergency funding worth £76m was awarded to 588 venues, comedy clubs, circuses, festivals, regional theatres and local museums across the UK, in the second round of funding Continue Reading

Fake News Impacts 84% of Ghana’s Youth, According to Survey – Tempemail

Nearly nine in ten (84%) of Ghanaian youth polled suggest that the rise of ‘fake news’ breaking out across their country and around the continent has impacted their ability to stay informed, according to the African Youth Survey (AYS). Commissioned by the South African-based Ichikowitz Family Foundation, the survey also Continue Reading

Jodi Picoult: Trump supporters tell me ‘I’m never reading your books any more’- Tempemail

D o you want me to tell you what is even more vitriolic than pro-lifers? Trans- exclusionary radical feminists,” says Jodi Picoult. The bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper is talking about the abuse she gets online. A Spark of Light, her 2018 novel about abortion and women’s reproductive rights, Continue Reading