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16 August 2013

An interesting article on the emotional pressure of 'being connected.'

(Teens)'..dislike the increasing number of adults on the site, get annoyed when their Facebook friends share inane details, and are drained by the "drama" that they described as happening frequently on the site.

The stress of needing to manage their reputation on Facebook also contributes to the lack of enthusiasm. Nevertheless, the site is still where a large amount of socializing takes place, and teens feel they need to stay on Facebook in order to not miss out.' Read the full article here.

25 July 2013

'Drones have a lot of uses, but spreading peace and distributing drugs are typically not among them. Imagine then, if all of a sudden an unmanned flying vehicle appeared above your head, its goofy clown face smiling down at you as it unloads a cloud of Oxycontin. You'd feel pretty confused, right? You'd also probably feel very very good, which is the whole point behind Axel Brechensbuaer's Peace Drone, a conceptual machine that the industrial designer created as an anti-violence alternative to predator drones. "This is an art object that strives to underline the insanity of killing," Brechensbuaer explains, "and to raise questions about the morality of using deadly force without trial."' More

24 July 2013

Behind the locked doors in a side office at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), half a dozen analysts are finishing lunch at their desks. Emma Thomas scrapes from a bowl the last of her tomato and pasta soup, sitting in front of her computer, where she has spent the morning watching 30 videos of child sexual abuse. More on The Guardian site