• 6th February 2017

    Faceless Facebook reps help bereaved families Look Back

    Facebook’s Community Operations team has announced it is changing the privacy settings on accounts for deceased users to reflect the settings they chose in life. Before the new policy, Facebook automatically set accounts to “friends only” after a user died, meaning that only those directly connected to them in life...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 25th January 2017

    What happens when middle schoolers take to Twitter? They become learners

    Fully 92 percent of American teenagers go online daily. More than half of them do so several times a day and a quarter are online “almost constantly.” I’m a mother of two teenagers who fall into that latter category. And as a parent and a teacher educator, I work on...

  • 24th January 2017

    Selfie is not a dirty word

     Years ago, on the 18th of November, 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary named the term “selfie” as their Word of the Year. It was a term coined by an Australian, who took a photo of himself. He then posted it on an ABC online forum, saying, “Um, drunk at a...

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