The debate: is it time to quit social media?

It’s the place where you can find everything – from an academic painstakingly listing forgotten medieval words, to the rambling stream-of-consciousness of the US president. But with research showing links between its use and depression and loneliness, is it time we gave up on social media altogether?

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NI 519 - How to avoid climate breakdown - May, 2019

The interview: Slavoj Žižek

The Slovenian philosopher, sociologist and cultural critic speaks to Graeme Green about losing control, Twitter, Trump and a new approach.

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NI 518 - Building a new internationalism - March, 2019

Seriously?

The world now has child influencers.

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NI 518 - Building a new internationalism - March, 2019

What if… social media firms paid us?

Exploitation by tech firms is not inevitable, suggests Vanessa Baird.

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NI 516 - The dirt on waste - November, 2018
Satish Bhaykre, 21, who was beaten by a mob due to a fake WhatsApp text, poses inside his house on the outskirts of Nagpur, India, June 23, 2018.

Share, like, lynch

India's government has asked WhatsApp to act urgently to halt the spread of "irresponsible and explosive messages" after a spate of deadly attacks. 

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NI 515 - Making peace in a world at war - September, 2018
Garden dreaming...

Garden dreaming...

Dating apps are disrupting traditional customs in Nepal’s capital.

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NI 514 - The next financial crisis - July, 2018

Will new laws tame the tech giants?

The backlash against social media titans is in full swing. But are moves to bring them to heel, including new privacy laws, appropriate? Mike Morel investigates.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018

Malware for humans

Wars in cyberspace are wars on our minds. JJ Patrick on the murky underworld of big data, social media, espionage and the spread of chaos through disinformation.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Facebook’s all-powerful Mark Zuckerberg dodged awkward questions, citing unfamiliarity with the law.Photo: Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

Who elected Facebook?

We’re increasingly relying on social media companies to act like governments and censor dubious content. Jillian York on the failures of this approach – and how to fix it.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018

The selfish giants

So many voices online. Surely that means more diversity and media democracy? Not really, explains Laura Basu.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018

Fighting Mr Fake

Trump has a precursor – and maybe even a mentor – when it comes to waging war on media he does not like. Iris Gonzales reports from the Philippines.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Illustrations: Kate Charlesworth

Blueprint for a better media

There is no one magic remedy – but lots of strategies. Vanessa Baird writes.

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018
Illustration: Amorim / Cartoon Movement

A better media is possible

Trust in tatters. Business model busted. And journalism under attack from all sides. So why does Vanessa Baird think that the news media has a bright future?

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NI 513 - A better media is possible - June, 2018

Laughing and crying

A story of cause and effect doesn't tell us everything about the relationship between social media use and mental health, argues Marcus Gilroy-Ware.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018
Young girls in Malaysia are finding a safe space in social media networks.Photo: Michael Coghlan under a CC license, adapted by Yohann Koshy

A group of one’s own

Hussein Kesvani reports on how young Muslim women are using social media to create a safe space to self-educate and share ideas.

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NI 509 - What's left for the young? - January, 2018

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How to avoid climate breakdown May, 2019
Building a new internationalism March, 2019
Building a new internationalism March, 2019
The dirt on waste November, 2018
Making peace in a world at war September, 2018
The next financial crisis July, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
A better media is possible June, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
What's left for the young? January, 2018
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