The government is about to award a £480m contract to build a vast new database of patient data. But if people don’t trust it, they’ll opt out – I know, because I felt I had to
The AI models behind chatbots like ChatGPT can accurately guess a user's personal information from innocuous chats. Researchers say the troubling ability could be used by scammers or to target ads.
Aleks Krotoski explores the digital world.
Research shows people who speak another language are more utilitarian and flexible, less risk-averse and egotistical, and better able to cope with traumatic memories
Is engagement with current affairs key to being a good citizen? Or could an endless torrent of notifications be harming democracy as well as our wellbeing?
The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over – and putting democracy in peril
Our two-year investigation suggests that the tech giant Meta is struggling to prevent criminals from using its platforms to buy and sell children for sex. Content warning – the following article contains descriptions of child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
Fresh release from the streams repository. Available now.Includes some enhancements to our defenses against Meta/Threads after reviewing their updated ToS.Also includes access to protected content via OpenWebAuth over Opensearch.And some other stuff. You will want this update regardless of your stance regarding Meta.If you are uncomfortable with Meta and their business practises, visit ‘admin/security’ and add ‘threads.net’ to ‘Block communications from these sites’ — and also set ‘Require signed fetch requests’.Mike Macgirvin
Archaeological discoveries are shattering scholars’ long-held beliefs about how the earliest humans organised their societies – and hint at possibilities for our own
Social media was supposed to liberate us, but for many people it has proved addictive, punishing and toxic. What keeps us hooked?
The rationalist in me knows that coincidences are inevitable, mundane, meaningless. But I can’t deny there is something strange and magical in them, too.
The pandemic has shown how a lack of solid statistics can be dangerous. But even with the firmest of evidence, we often end up ignoring the facts we don’t like
An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory
The generational divide is deforming democracy. But there is a solution.
The phrase ‘adult beginner’ can sound patronising. It implies you are learning something you should have mastered as a child. But learning is not just for the young
As social media has become more inhospitable, the appeal of private online groups has grown. But they hold their own dangers – to those both inside and out
In the age of streaming and limitless choice, Magic Radio pulls in millions of listeners. What is it that keeps people coming back? By Simon Akam