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The Anonymous Culture Cops of the Internet

This sort of research can, piece by piece, help reshape the online landscape so it isn’t quite so tribal and awash in misinformation and vitriol.Photograph by Prostock-studio / ShutterstockGiant tech companies and governments largely determine what content is and isn’t allowed online, and their decisions impact billions of people: 55…
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August 12, 2020
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What does FYP mean on TikTok?

If you’ve scrolled through TikTok, you’ve likely seen the hashtag #fyp, followed by #foryoupage. They mean the same thing: For You page, TikTok’s portal into content it thinks you might like.  Because it shows you content from anyone, and not just people you follow, the FYP has become a coveted…
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June 19, 2020
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Why We Need to Think for Ourselves

Source: Vikram Mansaharamani, used with permission Question everything. That is the common advice given at commencement speeches to young graduates about to embark into the ‘real world’. Fresh and full of vigor, they are encouraged to reach new heights and make the world a better place. They have been taught…
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June 17, 2020
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Divisive Data

The promise of the internet was a promise of connection. Networked technologies would erase the physical and cultural space that separated us. Digital communications would unite us like never before. Online platforms would “bring the world closer together” (Zuckerberg 2017). Communication technologies would collapse boundaries, encourage dialogue, and facilitate mutual…
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June 17, 2020