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Far-Right Internet Groups Listen for Trump’s Approval, and Often Hear It

Far-Right Internet Groups Listen for Trump’s Approval, and Often Hear It ImageAs President Trump and his allies have waged a fear-based campaign to drive Republican voters to the polls, far-right communities have parsed his statements, looking for hints of their influence.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times By Kevin Roose and Ali Winston Nov. 4, 2018 On […]

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Mary Meeker, ‘Queen of the Internet,’ Is Leaving Kleiner Perkins to Start a New Fund

Mary Meeker, ‘Queen of the Internet,’ Is Leaving Kleiner Perkins to Start a New Fund ImageMary Meeker, known as the “Queen of the Internet” for her bullish stock calls during the internet bubble, is planning to depart the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins this year.CreditCreditMichael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair By Erin Griffith […]

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India Pushes Back Against Tech ‘Colonization’ by Internet Giants

India Pushes Back Against Tech ‘Colonization’ by Internet Giants ImageIndia is trying to establish strong data protections for its citizens, as Europe did, while giving the government the right to obtain private information as it sees fit.CreditCreditSanjit Das/Bloomberg By Vindu Goel Aug. 31, 2018 NEW DELHI — In India, American companies dominate the internet. Facebook’s […]

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Could Snap save the internet from fake news? Here’s the company’s secret weapon

Vagelis Papalexakis UC Riverside When Snapchat was first pitched as part of a Stanford mechanical engineering class, the course’s horrified teaching assistant openly wondered if the app’s creators had built a sexting app. Less than a decade later, Snapchat could help solve one of the biggest problems currently facing tech: stopping the spread of “fake […]

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Internet Giants Are Banning Extremists (Just Not The Ones Targeting Women)

When Reddit banned the 40,000-member group r/incels last year, updating its terms of service to prohibit content that “encourages, glorifies, incites or calls for violence,” the company was widely praised for cracking down on the poisonous misogyny that lived on its platform. Soon after r/incels came down, the subreddit r/braincels flared up with posts bragging […]