Do you spend more time than you think you should surfing the Internet? Are there particular areas of the Internet, or types of files, you find hard to resist? Do you find it hard to stay away from the Internet for several days at a time? These questions are from the Orman Test for diagnosing Internet addiction, and according to this assessment, nearly half the online population is addicted. China has already called it a public health priority. Experts worldwide are working to draw up standardised diagnostic criteria, clinical tests, treatment protocols and prevention campaigns. Clearly more people are finding it difficult to disconnect. Their online activities gradually spill over into their lives, to the detriment of their sociability, work and studies. But does that make “Internet dependence” a disease? The scientific community can’t reach a consensus on that dependence being pathological. In 2008 Internet dependence disorder was excluded … [Read more...] about Only disconnect
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Legal eagles This week several EU politicians suggested Facebook be broken up. The Zuck should worry, as Europe has a history of taming tech giants. Published on May 24, 2018 4:30 pm The farcical questioning of Mark Zuckerberg in Brussels this week didn’t provide many answers. The session’s format meant politicians got to pose questions for an hour but Facebook’s boss only had 20 minutes to answer them. But Mr. Zuckerberg should be worried by a suggestion made by several lawmakers. “I think it’s time to discuss breaking up Facebook’s monopoly,” German member of the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, told the Facebook CEO, after asking him to name a single European alternative to Facebook. Later, Belgian politician Guy Verhofstadt tweeted that “EU competition authorities must be activated.” Their calls coincided with a similar campaign launched in the US on Monday, Freedom from Facebook. It also wants antitrust … [Read more...] about Could the EU really break up Facebook’s monopoly?
Picture: AFP Lexington: The speech? Marco Rubio: Yeah, I’m kind of giving a framework on our, I say domestic policy, but really it’s the challenges that every, advanced, industrialised Western country, and maybe some in Asia are, are facing. You see it manifest politically, but you see it manifest socially and culturally, so… You’re planning a speech in the Senate on this? I don’t know when it is, I’m trying to write a bunch of my thoughts together. But this is the new conservative agenda? Well, I mean the conservative part is about what the broader conservative response to the issues should be. I’m, I’m an incredibly optimistic person; like I believe human beings are creatures of, by nature, problem solvers. Not...we wouldn’t be on earth still if we hadn’t solved problems, but that doesn’t mean solving them is easy. But I still believe that some point in the future, a hundred years from now, fifty years from … [Read more...] about Transcript: An interview with Marco Rubio
WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum on Monday put out the word that he is leaving Facebook, which bought the smartphone messaging service four years ago for $19 billion. Koum said in a post on his Facebook page that he is taking time off to pursue interests such as collecting air-cooled Porsches, working on cars and playing ultimate Frisbee. The Washington Post reported that Koum also plans to resign from Facebook's board of directors. Facebook wouldn't comment on that report. Facebook has been trying to defuse questions about whether it can be trusted with the reams of personal information it collects to sell ads and whether its social network does more harm than good. Koum didn't elaborate on his reasons for leaving, other to say it was time to "move on" so he could spend more time "collecting rare air-cooled Porsches, working on my cars and playing ultimate frisbee." But Koum also may have been embroiled in a rift with Facebook management over the parent company's voracious appetite for … [Read more...] about WhatsApp CEO Koum leaving Facebook amid privacy scandal
Zuckerberg in second day of Congress testimony Facebook chief's body language revealed What we learnt from the first day of testimony Photo reveals answers to questions he wasn't asked Mark Zuckerberg has indicated Facebook is considering investigating researchers at the University of Cambridge, where the researcher at the centre of a data breach affecting 87m users was based. Speaking on day two of his testimony to US lawmakers, the Facebook founder and chief said his company had found "a whole programme associated with Cambridge University". He said: "There were a number of other researchers [there] building similar apps. So, we do need to understand whether there was something bad going on at Cambridge University overall that will require a stronger reaction from us." A spokeswoman for the university said: "We would be surprised if Mr Zuckerberg was only now aware of research at the University of Cambridge looking at what an individual’s Facebook data … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook investigating Cambridge University researchers