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The subtle ways that ‘clicktivism’ shapes the world

Clicktivism / effective Often derided, online activism is far more effective than it first appears – but there are big differences between how the political left and right deploy it to spread ideas. Source:  BBC Read all the paperLink: Read other texts here

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How to Thwart Facial Recognition and Other Surveillance

Facial Recognition / Surveillance Facial-recognition tech can see around hoodies or big shades, so pair them with a face covering. Plus, you'll get protection against coronavirus particles and tear gas. There are makeup tutorials online for edgy face paint intended to trick face-recognizing algorithms, but these designs are unproven. Also, it's probably easier for humans to track you if you look like a member of Insane…

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The truth behind filter bubbles: Bursting some myths

Filter bubbles / Myths A filter bubble is a state of intellectual or ideological isolation that may result from algorithms feeding us information we agree with, based on our past behaviour and search history. It's a pretty popular term that was coined by Internet activist Eli Pariser, who wrote about a book about it. However, as our Senior Research Fellow Richard Fletcher said in one of our recent seminars, academic research on…

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Encuestas de opinión ¿Por qué vale la pena preocuparse por las encuestas en tiempos del big data? ¿Permiten los grandes volúmenes de datos, generados por los usuarios de redes sociales y motores de búsqueda, explicar y/o pronosticar mejor los comportamientos sociales que los sondeos de opinión? ¿Pueden hacerlo evitando sesgos? No por ahora. Cuando de opinión pública y de votantes se trata, las encuestas…

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