How Amazon puts misinformation on your reading list | John Naughton | Opinion

It’s a truism that we live in a “digital age”. It would be more accurate to say that we live in an algorithmically curated era – that is, a period when many of our choices and perceptions are shaped by machine-learning algorithms that nudge us in directions favoured by those Continue Reading

Lizzy Hoo: the 10 funniest things I have ever seen (on the internet) | Culture- Tempemail

Trying to remember all of the funnies I’ve EVER watched on the internet was like recovering an old hard drive: some of the memories were restored but I’m pretty much left with whatever is on my desktop. The internet is a wild place and I’m glad I’ve lived with it Continue Reading

Tory-linked PR firm granted £3m Covid-19 contract without tender | Politics- Tempemail

The political communications company behind the Conservative party’s controversial 2019 digital campaign strategy received a £3m government contract to work on Covid-19 messaging without a competitive tender and is now negotiating with the Cabinet Office for more work, the Guardian and openDemocracy can reveal. Topham Guerin, founded in 2016 by Continue Reading

Hackers cause Telstra outages in Australia’s eastern states with ‘malicious’ cyber attack | Technology

Hackers have carried out a “malicious” cyber attack on Telstra, creating connectivity issues for some home internet users. Telstra reported the denial of service attack on its servers on Sunday which led to widespread internet outages in Australia’s eastern states. A denial of service attack floods a network with traffic Continue Reading

‘After Boris Johnson’s Zoom call, all hell broke loose’: inside the world’s favourite video app | Technology

On 6 January, a day after the World Heath Organization first reported a strange cluster of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, China, a party invitation dropped online. “Mark your calendars”, read the invite sent out by Zoom, a video-conferencing company based in California, “for Zoomtopia 2020!” Innocently enough, Zoom was announcing Continue Reading

Russia-aligned hackers running anti-Nato fake news campaign – report | Technology

Hackers “aligned with Russian security interests” have been engaged in a sustained campaign to compromise news websites in Poland and Lithuania to plant false stories aimed at discrediting Nato, according to a new report. Part of the campaign – labelled “Ghostwriter” – involved gaining access to news sites publishing systems, Continue Reading

I joined the Twitter boycott – but racism on social media is just the tip of the iceberg | Owen Jones | Opinion- Tempemail

Twitter is simultaneously many things: a means of elevating otherwise ignored voices, a platform for facilitating debate, a portal to access a bewildering array of information – and a cesspit of hatred. This weekend, the grime artist Wiley – with his half a million followers – unleashed a tirade of Continue Reading

Ransomware attack on Garmin thought to be the work of ‘Evil Corp’ | Technology

A ransomware attack that took the GPS and smartwatch business Garmin entirely offline for more than three days is believed to have been carried out by a Russian cybercriminal gang which calls itself “Evil Corp”. Garmin began to restore services to customers on Monday morning, after being held hostage for Continue Reading

Monica Lewinsky ‘wins the internet’ with joke about internship | Monica Lewinsky- Tempemail

Monica Lewinsky has made light of her affair with Bill Clinton with a tweet that quickly went viral. “I have a joke” was trending on Twitter on Friday, prompting users to offer up one-line witticisms. When one user tweeted “I have a Charles Manson joke and it kills”, Lewinsky offered Continue Reading

Erdogan’s push for more social media laws is another step towards silencing dissent- Tempemail

“Do you now understand why we are against YouTube, Twitter, Netflix, and other media?” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked in a televised statement early this month. “So that we can wipe out such immoralities.” This was in reference to improper comments made on Twitter regarding his newly born grandchild. Continue Reading