What the Online Safety Bill means for social media
New Statesman, 2 December 2021
Can the government’s new laws make the internet safer while also defending free speech?
Meta’s acquisition of Giphy is set to be blocked by an antitrust regulator, report says
Business Insider, 2 December 2021
Meta — the company formerly known as Facebook — is set to have a major acquisition blocked by the UK's antitrust regulator, per a report from the Financial Times.
Is the WHO inventing diseases?
UnHerd, 30 November 2021
Can you be addicted to video games? In 2018, the WHO decided to create a new entry in its big book of recognised diseases, the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD-11.
‘Imagine having a debate about addiction to glass bottles, and no one cared what was inside the bottle’
The Psychologist, 30 November 2021
Our editor Jon Sutton hears from Professor Andrew Przybylski (Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute) about his questioning of the World Health Organisation around ‘Gaming Disorder’.
Smart speakers used in gaslighting
BBC Digital Planet, 30 November 2021
IoT devices like smart speakers and networked heating controls are increasingly being used by perpetrators of domestic violence – for instance by changing the temperature the heating is set to or the music that the victim listens too, remotely.
Food delivery drivers question gig platforms’ safety nets
Thomson Reuters, 30 November 2021
From leg amputations in Thailand to hijackings in Nigeria, millions of food delivery drivers around the world find themselves torn between the desperation to make a living and the fear that each ride may be their last.
WHO says it is “challenging if not impossible” to document gaming disorder
NME, 30 November 2021
The World Health Organisation has avoided requests to provide further sources, and has recently removed an FAQ page on gaming disorder from its website.
AI bots to user data: Is there space for rights in the metaverse?
Reuters, 30 November 2021
From virtual goods to AI-powered avatars that can be hired out by companies, a fast-growing digital world is pushing ownership and privacy rights into unchartered territory.
Fast-fashion giant Shein hooks children with casino games
The Sunday Times, 30 November 2021
The Chinese brand is ‘manipulating’ young shoppers.
Cybersecurity experts warn on UK spy deal with Amazon
The Financial Times, 29 October 2021
Concerns over privacy and national security risks come as MPs launch inquiry into cloud technologies
Public supports nationalising ‘gig economy’ apps such as Deliveroo and Uber to improve working conditions
Independent, 29 October 2021
Oxford University study finds strong support for action on gig economy