Taking a stand against white supremacy, popular knitting site Ravelry bans content supporting Trump

Ravelry, a free social networking service dedicated to knitting, crocheting, and other yarn crafts, recently made a strong public stance against white supremacy in the form of a policy banning content in support of U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration.

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Surveillance capitalism threatens Canadians’ “ability to think, act and resist”

Meagan Bell argues that surveillance capitalism, the data-driven business model driving Google, Facebook and other Internet companies, weakens Canadians’ ability to defend democracy, human rights and the human future.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged to comply with GDPR in all countries by 70 consumer groups

A coalition of consumer and privacy groups from the US, Canada and the European Union is urging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ensure that his company adopts the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) “as a baseline standard” for all Facebook users around the world.

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The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal highlights the problem of “surveillance capitalism” in the digital age

Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica’s scandalous harvesting and use of Facebook user data highlights the urgent need for robust public debate on the emerging problem of “surveillance capitalism” in our increasingly digital society, suggests Jennifer Cobbe, the co-ordinator of Cambridge University’s Trustworthy Technologies strategic research initiative.

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Anti-semitism, racism and other old white supremacist prejudices die hard

Anti-semitism, racism and other prejudices are on the rise in most established democracies. Still, silencing white supremacists on the Internet is counterproductive. It would only lead to more senseless acts violence similar to those perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof.

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How activists of color lose battles against Facebook’s moderator army

While Facebook professes a commitment to stopping hate, harassment and discrimination, the social media behemoth’s reporting policies and human moderators often punish users of color who speak out against racism or justifiably criticize white people.

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