Archive for News

  • 1st March 2017

    How social media stars are fighting for the Left

    In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. elections, numerous accounts surfaced of nefarious content creators profiting by posting fake content on social media. The most successful engaged in “anti-Clinton fervor,” promoted Donald Trump’s candidacy and spread right wing news, all for profit. Buzzfeed editor Craig Silverman described how “teens in...

  • 7th February 2017

    Why did US President Obama seek to punish female Russian hacker Alisa Shevchenko?

    As one of his parting acts as US President, Barack Obama retaliated against alleged Russian interference in the recent US election by expelling 35 Russian government officials from the US and placing sanctions on Russian security agencies, 3 companies and several individuals. One of the companies included on the sanctions...

  • 6th February 2017

    When bushfires sound alarms, social media can save lives.

    These days, social media and online apps have become a major source of disaster information and warnings. But how much can we trust them? Today, more than 82% of Australians use the internet and 76% can access it on a smartphone or other mobile device. These numbers have been rising...

  • 3rd February 2017

    Malaysia’s Bersih movement shows social media can mobilise the masses

    The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street are not the only media-driven civic movements that have advocated for social or political reform. In Malaysia a civic movement called the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections – better known by its Malay name “Bersih”, which means clean – has enabled people...

  • 3rd February 2017

    Authors, get thee to social media: explaining the rise and rise of YA books

    Before JK Rowling, critics and experts predicted that young adult (YA) literature would finally die, as sales continued to decline. In 1997, a mere 3,000 YA books were published. A decade later that number was 30,000. The success of Harry Potter changed everything. YA is now embraced by teenagers and...

  • 2nd February 2017

    Why Digital India took on Facebook and won

    It has been marked a significant event in the life of Digital India, in a country that is home to more than 400 million internet users. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) passed a regulation prohibiting discriminatory tariffs on internet connections sold to end customers by telecom service providers....

  • 1st February 2017

    Vine’s 15 minutes of fame may be over, but its successors will not slacken the pace

    Vine, the micro-video-blogging service launched in 2012 is to close. Vine was at the forefront of adding video to social media with its six-second video clips, a baton that has been picked up by the video messaging app, Snapchat and live-streaming app, Periscope. In the ten or so years since...

  • 31st January 2017

    How the media struggled in Nepal’s earthquake rescue

    The media in Nepal has been instrumental in keeping people connected and updated about the recent magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the country on Saturday April 25. However, initially the quake did not create a major reaction, as small scale tremors are not uncommon in the country. The Nepalese people...

  • 31st January 2017

    Popular friends on social media can help save you from disasters

    You may think your social media friends are only good for keeping you up with all the latest gossip and trends but research published today has found they can also help save you in the event of any natural disaster, especially if they’re your popular friends. These days, online social...

  • 30th January 2017

    Hey download generation, your future is up on YouTube

    Do-it-yourself bloggers, video diarists (vloggers), artists with their pixel-palettes of innumerable hues, sounds and images – the explosion of online content creation is one of the contemporary wonders of the world. User-generated content (UGC) and their applications are by far the largest type of online content, both now and in...

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