A new redesigned site now offers 200 years of parliamentary debates from the main UK website. You can quickly search by Members, debates and petitions. If something has disappeared from the main UK parliament website remember they have their own specialist web archive which also includes social media (Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram) curated by Parliamentary archives […]
Associated Press investigative report with worrying findings released this week.
A free software, Global Observation Network, for detecting censorship, surveillance and traffic manipulation on the internet. You can look at a map to see measurements of censorship, interference and blocking of social media Its blog has a series of links to recent reports and discussion on use of blocking in specific countries and during individual election […]
The Library of Congress has just released a mass of themed web archive collections. In terms of the USA there are over 5,000 websites covered for state, regional and presidential elections from 2000 onwards. It is possible to browse or search the database. The web archive also has a number of other political themed collections […]
The UK web archive aims to preserve for posterity websites with UK domain addresses. It has a number of special themed collections. The Gender Equality section is subdivided into specialist sub-sections for body, gender identity, pay equality, suffrage, parenting, domestic abuse and equality in the workplace. 290 sites are currently being archived. It is possible […]
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Social media, smartphone and Internet usage is rising in ‘developing countries’ while developed countries’ usage plateaus according to the latest report from the Pew research group. It records that from 2013-2017 usage and access has been increasing more rapidly in developing nations than elsewhere. However its survey also shows considerable digital divides between areas of […]
Future of Business Survey is a source of information on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Launched in February 2016, the monthly survey – a partnership between Facebook, OECD, and The World Bank – provides timely information on how firms with a digital presence assess the current state and future outlook of their business, the main challenges they face […]
Only 2% of children have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if a news story is real or fake
According to the final report from the Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills which was established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Literacy and the National Literacy Trust. Almost two thirds of teachers surveyed felt this was increasing anxiety and effecting wellbeing in children. Results cover primary and secondary age […]
The Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) has relaunched World Intermediary Liability Map. This free online resource helps students track changing laws affecting online speech and platform responsibility around the world. Intermediary liability laws provide internet companies like Facebook, Google, CloudFlare, or your local ISP, with information on the legal responsibility they may have for […]
A new report from the Simon Wiesenthal center finds the rise of alt-tech far-right digital websites and platforms. The report also has an accompanying Digital Terrorism and Hate ‘Report Card’ which evaluates the efforts of powerful online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter in removing extremist content.