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Three to increase pay-as-you-go roaming charges

Three to increase pay-as-you-go roaming charges

Mobile phone operator will increase prices from 16 February but says rates remain competitiveThe mobile phone operator Three is increasing call and text charges for its pay-as-you-go customers, with some international texts rising from 2p to 35p.From 16 February, the cost of making a PAYG call will rise to 10p a minute – up from 3p. The cost of sending a text in the UK will jump from 2p to 10p, while the price of using data anywhere rises from 1p to 5p a MB. Continue reading…

Banning Trump won't fix social media: 10 ideas to rebuild our broken internet – by experts

Banning Trump won't fix social media: 10 ideas to rebuild our broken internet – by experts

Away from the vitriol, researchers are investigating concrete steps companies, officials and the rest of us can take to tackle the crisisIt was nearing midnight on Tuesday 12 January when the final plank of Donald Trump’s social media platform fell away. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, Snapchat and, finally, YouTube had all come to the same conclusion: that their platforms – multibillion dollar American companies that dominate American political discourse – could not be safely used by the president of the United States.In less than a week, a new president will take office. But considering the role social media played in elevating Trump to the presidency and its part in spreading misinformation, conspiracy theories and calls for violence, it is clear that the end of the Trump presidency won’t provide an immediate fix. There is something fundamentally broken in social media that has allowed us to reach this violent juncture, and the de-platforming of Trump is not going to address those deeper pathologies. Continue reading…

TikTok photoshoot of car on UK level crossing – 'sheer stupidity'

TikTok photoshoot of car on UK level crossing – 'sheer stupidity'

British Transport Police investigate ‘reckless’ video posted of car on working level crossing near BoltonPolice are investigating after a video showing a car parked over a live railway track for a photoshoot was posted on TikTok.The clip shows a tripod and car set up by a level crossing north of Bolton with the caption: “Would you take the risk to get the shot no one else would?” Continue reading…

GPS art: the hybrid activity mixing creativity and fitness – video

GPS art: the hybrid activity mixing creativity and fitness – video

GPS art or GPX is a combination of both fitness and artistic activity. Your movements, traced by GPS signals, become the paint on a city-sized canvas. You can run, ride or walk your artwork through popular fitness tracking apps such as Strava and the path of your choosing. Tackling the streets and cycleways of Sydney, Guardian Australia find out first hand the physical challenges and creative triumphs of the activity. Continue reading…

Far-right website 8kun again loses internet service protection following Capitol attack

Far-right website 8kun again loses internet service protection following Capitol attack

Shell company owned by two Russians cut ties with internet host of 8kun, which has been linked to other acts of violenceA far-right website that was among the platforms used to organize the deadly violence at the US Capitol has again been forced to find new internet service protection after a shell company owned by two Russians and registered in Scotland cut ties with the platform’s internet host. Continue reading…

The Guardian view of Trump's populism: weaponised and silenced by social media | Editorial

The Guardian view of Trump's populism: weaponised and silenced by social media | Editorial

Democracy has been threatened by commercialising the swift spread of controversy and lies for political advantageDonald Trump’s incitement of a mob attack on the US Capitol was a watershed moment for free speech and the internet. Bans against both the US president and his prominent supporters have spread across social media as well as email and e-commerce services. Parler, a social network popular with neo-Nazis, was ditched from mobile phone app stores and then forced offline entirely. These events suggest that the most momentous year of modern democracy was not 1989 – when the Berlin wall fell – but 1991, when web servers first became publicly available.There are two related issues at stake here: the chilling power afforded to huge US corporations to limit free speech; and the vast sums they make from algorithmically privileging and amplifying deliberate disinformation. The doctrines, regulations and laws that govern the web were constructed to foster growth in an immature sector. But the industry has grown into a monster – one which threatens democracy by commercialising the swift spread of controversy and lies for political advantage. Continue reading…