Medical Misinformation Online

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently urged the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Pinterest to filter medical misinformation from their platforms. It is already difficult for many to tell the difference between factual sources and unverified information or propaganda online, which can have real-life implications. The AAP is concerned…

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Facebook’s Global Safety Network Summit: Online Well-Being

A couple weeks ago, I attended Facebook’s annual Global Safety Network Summit in Washington, DC, to hang out with colleagues and long-time friends, and to make some new connections as well. Facebook first discussed the new safety initiatives they are implementing such as their outstanding new suicide prevention tools in…

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How Machine Learning Can Help Us Combat Online Abuse: A Primer

Ten years ago, computer scientists would contact our Center and ask if we could give them thousands of examples of cyberbullying content – which they wanted to comb through to look for trends and patterns in how harm was inflicted. Nowadays, they don’t ask for data because it’s widely available…

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Harmful Speech Online: At the Intersection of Algorithms and Human Behavior

Last week, I attended a workshop at Harvard entitled “Harmful Speech Online: At the Intersection of Algorithms and Human Behavior.” Sponsored and organized by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy, its goal was to “broadly…

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How Do You Secure Your Kids Online?

Vigilance is a word often used when discussing parenting because the key role for any parent is to safeguard and protect your kids as best you can from the inherent dangers that life throws at them. The internet is no different. The real world is one thing but the digital…

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Townsville expert gives tips to protect kids from online bullies

TOWNSVILLE parents are being urged to log on to social media to empower them to better prepare their children against the threat of cyber bulling. St Patrick’s College counsellor Courtney Rogers said it was vital that parents familiarise themselves with the social media channels their children are using. “The internet…

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