UK Internet

AIBU: How the Internet Slang of Self-Doubt Might Obscure Opportunities for Women to Seek Support for Domestic Abuse

Laura Dix | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Laura Dix

AIBU is a phrase that we all need to become more aware of. If something makes you feel bad, uncomfortable, afraid, you don't need anyone else's validation that it isn't right. Supporting survivors of abuse, as a friend or as a professional, is about helping the woman trust herself again and encouraging her that she is the expert in her own life. If it doesn't feel right to her, that means it isn't, no matter what anyone else says.

Dollar Shave Club: the Power of Social Media and the Cloud

Mark Hawtin | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hawtin

Today, a clever, well-shot marketing spot can be done for a few thousand dollars and undo years and millions of dollars of brand investment at a multinational. In the past, P&G would have used technology to get ahead and create barriers to entry.

UK Families Still at Risk From Baby Monitor Hacking-Style Attacks

Dr Simon Rice | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Simon Rice

Using two-step or two-factor authentication means that if your username and password are compromised, a criminal cannot gain access to your account data without also compromising your mobile phone or code generator. Therefore if you have this option turned on, your information has a much greater chance of remaining secure.

Why You Should Care About Pokemon Go Even If You Are Not a Player

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Parents
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Augmented reality is here, and is already having a strong impact on everyone's lives, including those who never played a video game in their lives and never heard about augmented reality...

Need Your Online Fix? Four Growing Internet Based Addictions

Tayana Simons | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Tech
Tayana Simons

Data leaks, trolling, cyber bullying, dark webs and hacking scandals have been just a few of the big stories to hit the press over the past decade, but there is also an equally worrying issue affecting an increasingly number of internet users, particularly in the younger generations; addiction. And it comes in many different forms

The Next Online Revolution: A Date With Destiny

Marie Cosnard | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Tech
Marie Cosnard

Dating apps are evolving to remove expectations of romance and to simply solve the problem of introducing people. We are witnessing the start of the next evolution in the way society interacts with the internet - welcome to the world of 'meeting apps'.

Put the Phone Down: How the Internet Is Killing Our Manners

Naomi Cooper | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Naomi Cooper

Today's amazing technology means we can easily keep in touch with friends and family abroad and share our life experiences with our nearest and dearest, but it comes at a price. Our text conversations have jumped over to real life as we shun the use of please and thank you and speak in abbreviations.

People With Disabilities, Transgendered Identities and Women Still Fair Game for Hate Speech Online

Dr. Alexander Brown | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK
Dr. Alexander Brown

UK incitement to hatred law offers similarly piecemeal protections, covering only race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Reclaiming the Internet

Katherine Bradfield | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katherine Bradfield

This bullying can put young people off using the social media sites, leaving them feeling isolated and lonely, but the problem does not always come from people known to the young person. And sexist abuse online is a specific problem and young women can face sexist and often violent harassment online.

It's Vital We Find New Ways to Engage Young People So They Don't Miss Out on the Experience of Volunteering

Jennifer Russell | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Jennifer Russell

It's a well quoted fact that volunteering has numerous benefits-whether for health, skills development or wellbeing it's an all round great thing to do. Volunteering showcases human beings at their best and we should take the opportunity that volunteers week provides to celebrate and appreciate everyone who gives their time.

The Future of Privacy: Who Protects the Public From Themselves?

Mark Hillary | Posted 06.05.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

he extent of NSA monitoring revealed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden showed that democratic and supposedly "free" governments do already attempt to monitor us. The scale of monitoring required is vast, but the technology is catching up. There are two technological changes that are taking place at present that I believe will fundamentally change our approach to privacy...

Roger's Rules for Online Behaviour

Roger Dubar | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Tech
Roger Dubar

Much online behaviour is terrible. We take things personally, throw insults, shut down debate, never challenge our own ideas, and generally act like idiots. Not you, of course  - but lots of other people. There is a better way.

Girls in IT: What's the Problem, and How Can We Solve it?

Russell Haworth | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

We want young women, as well as young men, to have the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue careers in the fast-growing and exciting technology sector. This is for their own benefit, but also for the benefit of the sector itself.

Should Employees Be Kept on a Digital Leash?

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Most companies I worked for expected their employees to be accessible by email, skype or phone both during and outside of the working hours. In other words, I had to constantly check my devices to make sure I don't miss anything important.

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

Record Numbers of Online Child Sexual Abuse Imagery in New Report

Susie Hargreaves | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Susie Hargreaves

As I head towards my fifth anniversary leading the IWF, there is one consistent factor - we're always changing and growing and 2015 was no exception. Today we'll be publishing our latest figures. What stands out, is the dramatic increase in the number of confirmed reports of illegal imagery since we started actively searching for child sexual abuse images and videos.

We Must Build on Record Removal of Online Child Abuse Imagery

Peter Wanless | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Cleaning up the internet of abuse images and videos - that in the worst cases depict children being raped and tortured - is a global challenge. The significant achievements of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) are crucial in this battle and this week its annual report revealed a staggering 417% increase over two years in the volume of images reported and removed.

This Revelation Will Change the Way You Live Your Life, Forever

Dave Berry | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dave Berry

I am of course falling prey to 'clickbait' and also happen to be just one of the many b*stards on the planet who use the dark art as part of their vocation - it is a tool in the armoury of many industries.

Bored 12-Year-Old Makes Himself Australian PM Because Internet

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Tech

Australia had a new Prime Minister for all of two days thanks to a web-savy 12-year-old. Orley Fenelon made himself the nation's 30th PM thanks to a ...

Do You Need a Social Media Diet?

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Tech
Anastasia Dedyukhina

We obviously know that social media represents an idealized version of people's lives, but still can't help envying them. In fact, a few years ago German researchers found that the main motivation of people going on Facebook was to get social gains in reputation and improve their social status. In other words, comparison is inevitable.

Cassetteboy Are Back And They're Taking Down The Snoopers' Charter

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Tech

Cassetteboy have struck again and this time their attention is on the Investigatory Powers Bill aka the Snoopers' Charter. Set to Every Breath You Tak...

Mapping The Online World

Russell Haworth | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

The internet lets us seek and share information, across borders and across vast distances, with unprecedented speed and ease. At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 3.2 billion internet users worldwide, up from 400 million in 2000.

Technology and the Loss of Time

Julian Vigo | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Tech
Julian Vigo

In recent months I have begun to notice in precise detail to what extent the Internet and information technology has helped me manage my time and to w...

The Internet Should Be a Positive, Not a Negative, for Young People's Mental Health

David Rutley | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Politics
David Rutley

Good mental health is as important as good physical health and we owe it to our young people to see that support is available them. We need to accept that children and young people like to be online and use that as an opportunity to harness the power of the internet to identify and address problem behaviours. As Young Minds suggests, we can productively use online solutions that help young people find help, help themselves and help each other.

This Big Part Of Online Trolling Is About To Become Illegal

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK

Trolls who set up fake profiles using their victims' details or to attacking others anonymously could now face criminal charges, as prosecutors raise ...