Why Silicon Valley’s most astute critics are all women | John Naughton | Opinion- Tempemail

In November 2019, which now seems like an aeon ago, I wrote about an interesting correlation I had stumbled across. It was that the authors of the most insightful critiques of digital technology as deployed by the tech companies were women. I listed 20 of them and added that I Continue Reading

How two Irish brothers started a £70bn company you’ve probably never heard of | Opinion

The most valuable private company in Silicon Valley is an outfit most people have never heard of – unless they are a) Irish or b) tech investors. It’s called Stripe, and this week the latest round of investments in it have given it a valuation of $95bn (£68.5bn). It was Continue Reading

Ending over mending: planned obsolescence is killing the planet | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion

In his novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley writes of a society in which recorded voices subliminally prepare babies for their future role as consumers. “I do love flying, I do love having new clothes,” they whisper. “But old clothes are beastly. We always throw away old clothes. Ending is Continue Reading

Rishi Sunak has turned into a social media star, but who is he trying to influence? | Marie Le Conte | Opinion- Tempemail

“I’m sure this budget will look better on Instagram,” said Keir Starmer in the Commons on Wednesday. “In fact, this week’s PR video cost the taxpayer so much, I was half expecting to see a line in the OBR forecast for it.” The quip was aimed at Rishi Sunak, the Continue Reading

‘I am a people person. I want my family to visit’: stories of older Australian migrants during Covid | Ruth De Souza and Safdar Ahmed | Opinion

Alone Together comic From August to November 2020, an interdisciplinary team of researchers interviewed 10 older people from culturally and linguistically diverse (Cald) backgrounds to explore the complex ways in which technology was used in their social lives during lockdown. Authors: Dr Ruth De Souza (RMIT), Maria Dimopoulos (Victorian Department Continue Reading

What can the modern novel tell us about life in the age of the internet? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett | Opinion- Tempemail

These days, when I log on to Twitter, I increasingly find myself at a loss for words. I’m a writer and I’ve never been one to fear the tyranny of the white page. But that little blank box at the top of my news feed, the one that asks: “What’s Continue Reading

Let the Instagram influencers go to Dubai – they’re uniting the nation | Marina Hyde | Opinion- Tempemail

“They are aiding the King’s enemies, and this … is treason of the worst kind. Their disloyalty to the country deserves the most severe punishment.” Remarkably, these are not Priti Patel’s words on Love Island influencers currently influencing away in Dubai – but the words of a 1942 Manchester MP Continue Reading

Facebook is banning leftwing users like me – and it’s going largely unnoticed | Akin Olla | Opinion

In response to the fascist riot at the US Capitol, Facebook engaged in a flurry of dangerous and misguided corporate authoritarianism. I, along with a number of other leftwing organizers, was deemed a threat to the inauguration of Joe Biden and placed on a restricted list that limited my ability Continue Reading

The Guardian view of Trump’s populism: weaponised and silenced by social media | Editorial | Opinion

Donald Trump’s incitement of a mob attack on the US Capitol was a watershed moment for free speech and the internet. Bans against both the US president and his prominent supporters have spread across social media as well as email and e-commerce services. Parler, a social network popular with neo-Nazis, Continue Reading

Opinion divided over Trump being banned from social media | Donald Trump- Tempemail

As rioters were gathering around the US Capitol last Wednesday, a familiar question began to echo around the offices of the large social networks: what should they do about Donald Trump and his provocative posts? The answer has been emphatic: ban him. First he was suspended from Twitter, then from Continue Reading