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Social bubbles may be the best way for societies to emerge from lockdown

Social bubbles may be the best way for societies to emerge from lockdown

The news: Holing up with groups of friends or neighbors or other families during lockdown has given many people, especially those stuck home alone, a way to relieve isolation without spreading covid-19. These groups are known as bubbles, and new computer simulations described in Nature …Continue reading

How to protect yourself online from misinformation right now

There wasn’t a communications blackout in Washington, DC, on Sunday, but #dcblackout trended on Twitter anyway, thanks to some extremely distressing tweets telling people that, mysteriously, no messages were getting out from the nation’s capital. The tweets, Reddit posts, and Facebook messages …Continue reading

Does keeping kids offline breach their human rights?

Pruthvirajsinh Zala was a 19-year-old first-year law student when he walked into the high court of Gujarat to argue his inaugural case. “It’s a big enormous building,” he says. “All black stone. There’s a giant statue of Gandhi. My petition says Pruthvirajsinh Zala …Continue reading

Predictions for 2030 by people shaping the world

AI will cause a productivity boom Erik Brynjolfsson, director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (USA) Machine learning has advanced tremendously over the past decade, yet US productivity growth has fallen by 50% since 2004. It’s not uncommon with powerful new general-purpose …Continue reading

Your tweet could last just 24 hours with “fleets”

The company will launch a story function that looks a lot like the ones at competitors Instagram and Snapchat—but there are already fears that it could be abused. The announcement: On Wednesday, the company announced that it was testing “fleets” in Brazil. These …Continue reading

The WHO got on TikTok to teach teens about coronavirus

On Friday, the World Health Organization made its debut on TikTok in an effort to combat rampant disinformation about the coronavirus. The news: The WHO launched its TikTok presence with a video on Friday about what coronavirus is, and a follow-up video on Saturday about when and …Continue reading

Facebook will now take down posts that spread coronavirus misinformation

The news: Facebook has started deleting posts that contain false claims about the coronavirus, especially ones spreading dangerous misinformation about treatment—such as that drinking bleach cures the virus—and incorrect advice about available health resources. Why it matters: This policy change, announced in a blog post, marks a …Continue reading