UK Internet

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 ...

How to Deal With Trolls Online

Amie Cadwallader | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Tech
Amie Cadwallader

With the positive of social media comes the negativity of people trying to upset you and bring you down. The important thing is to figure out the best way to deal with trolls and how to make sure that you deal with it in the best way possible.

Fighting Crime Online: How Law Enforcement Agencies Are Working to Keep Citizens Safe

Russell Haworth | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Tackling the broader cybercrime challenge needs an orchestrated response. I wanted to highlight three ways in which law enforcement agencies are working with each other and other organisations (including my own) to tackle the real and very present danger represented by opportunistic and organised criminals online...

A Google Engineer Has Stumbled Upon A 'Catastrophic' Bug Which Could Affect Everyone

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Tech

A Google engineer has stumbled across a massive bug which could potentially affect hundreds of thousands of devices which connect to the internet. ...

Porn Again, Kids....

Chloe Combi | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Chloe Combi

In terms of pornography, the internet is like giving kids the keys to a gigantic sex sweet shop and then asking them not to look or partake. And this becomes even more hypocritical when you consider it was us, via newspapers, magazines, music, mainstream films and TV that gave kids their very first sugar rush.

Limiting Children's Access to Porn Online

Dr Victoria Nash | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Victoria Nash

There's a world of difference between a nine-year old accidentally stumbling on an explicit clip of unsimulated violent sex, and a 15-year old seeking out videos that help them understand their sexual feelings or identity.

British Scientists Achieve A Download Speed So Fast It Would Eradicate Buffering

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Tech

Imagine a world where you could download every episode of Game of Thrones before you'd even lifted your finger off the 'Buy' button? Well resea...

Don't Let British Pupils Be Disconnected From the Digital Classroom

Patrick Hayes | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Tech
Patrick Hayes

This survey of a representative sample of 1,204 schools across the UK found that 30 per cent of primary schools were under resourced when it comes to having a basic broadband connection, and almost half didn't have sufficient Wi-Fi. In secondary schools the picture is a little better, but not by much.

One In Four Teenagers Are Being Trolled And Abused Online

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

One in four teenagers were subjected to abuse online in the last year, a major report has revealed. A survey of 13 to 18 year olds found 24% report...

25 Rules for Using a Website Comments Section

Andrew Telling | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Tech
Andrew Telling

Of course, there are many balanced, intelligent humans who add positively to a conversation. But these rules are for the less-enlightened who flock to any and every site and define themselves through their bottom-dwelling 'contributions'.

Six Ways to Use Social Media to Play Mind Games

Olivia Jones | Posted 18.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Olivia Jones

1. Crop them out of your profile picture. I know you think we're probably past that, it's 2016, it's something you do to your mates on a weekly basis but stop. This is the semi-crop. You need to leave in a creepy amount of them, like a single eye in the corner of the photo.

Is Online Brutality Shaping Our Modern Minds?

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Tech
Jonnie Bayfield

It was this context that unsettled me most. Such brutality sitting neatly beside such mundanity. Has this become the mindset of a generation, or indeed, a species? That if anything doesn't fit into our own personal context, then it is worthless?

IRL - When Social Media Replaces the Real

Julian Vigo | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Tech
Julian Vigo

For while one might question if my friend really "missed" Reeve's presence any more than if he had been, say, eating a pretzel waiting for a colleague in the very same spot. I mean, we are always missing something else by simply living.