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Kerim Sabuncuoğlu – just one winner in this year's Ocean photography awards – tells the story behind his picture of a moray eel that also shows the wider perils of ‘ghost fishing'In July, off the Turkish port city of Bodrum, Kerim Sabuncuoğlu stepped from the edge of a boat into the azure Aegean Sea and began to descend. A scuba diver with more than 30 years' experience, he took up underwater photography in 2002 and [...]
The company's own research reveals that Instagram harms teens, that it can't control anti-vax misinformation, and that there is a secret double standard for VIPs. In short, the problem with Facebook is FacebookFor years, Facebook has faced torrents of criticism from human rights groups and academic researchers, who raised alarms about the ways that the most pervasive digital social platform in human history distorts our world and promotes destructive behavior ranging from eating disorders to [...]
The suffering of the photo-sharing app's users came into focus this week with the leak of Facebook's internal research‘I felt my body wasn't good enough'Emily started using Instagram when she was in her mid-teens and found it helpful at first. She used the photo-sharing app to follow fitness influencers, but what began as a constructive relationship with the platform spiralled into a crisis centred on body image. At 19 she was diagnosed with an eating [...]
Exclusive: privacy concerns ‘must not delay use of neuralMatch algorithm to protect victims of abuse'Child protection experts from across the world have called on Apple to implement new scanning technologies urgently to detect images of child abuse.In August, Apple announced plans to use a tool called neuralMatch to scan photos being uploaded to iCloud online storage and compare them to a database of known images of child abuse. Continue reading... [...]
The affordability of Sinclair's revolutionary 1982 home computer let a generation of young bedroom coders make anarchic, punky games, and its hardware limitations merely fostered extra creativity• Clive Sinclair dies aged 81 – reportOne day, in the bitterly cold autumn of 1981, my dad brought something home with him which he said was a sort of present for the whole family. It was a ZX81 home computer. I'd seen them advertised on TV and in [...]
Navalny's supporters say companies deleted tactical voting app from stores after pressure from KremlinSupporters of the jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have accused Google and Apple of capitulating to Kremlin pressure after the two tech companies deleted his tactical voting app from their online stores.Both companies had come under significant pressure from Russian regulators in the days before the courntry's parliamentary elections to block access to Navalny's Smart Voting initiative, which tries to channel [...]
Study highlights vast churn in computer hardware that the cryptocurrency incentivisesA single bitcoin transaction generates the same amount of electronic waste as throwing two iPhones in the bin, according to a new analysis by economists from the Dutch central bank and MIT.While the carbon footprint of bitcoin is well studied, less attention has been paid to the vast churn in computer hardware that the cryptocurrency incentivises. Specialised computer chips called ASICs are sold with no [...]
The writer and activist's new show focuses on stories of personal growth, from the likes of Mabel and Olly Alexander. Plus: a shocking unsolved case is reopened in Suspect The Way We Are with Munroe BergdorfWriter and LGBTQ activist Bergdorf celebrates famous faces – among them Olly Alexander and Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall – who have turned “trauma into triumph” in this new series. If it sounds saccharine, the end result is refreshingly unsentimental, instead [...]
Artificial intelligence will be used to develop personalised treatments while investigating role of geneticsThe pharmaceuticals firm GSK has struck a five-year partnership with King's College London to use artificial intelligence to develop personalised treatments for cancer by investigating the role played by genetics in the disease.The tie-up, which involves 10 of the drug maker's artificial intelligence experts working with 10 oncology specialists from King's across their labs, will use computing to “play chess with cancer”, [...]
New efforts will let vast amounts of false material slip through the cracks, according to climate advocatesFacebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, including by expanding its climate science center to provide more reliable information, investing in organizations that fight misinformation, and launching a video series to highlight young climate advocates on Facebook and Instagram.But critics say the new push, announced on Thursday, falls short and will allow vast [...]