Peers call for tougher regulation of digital and social media in UK

Peers call for tougher regulation of digital and social media in UK. Misinformation ‘pandemic’ erodes trust in politics and institutions, warns Lords committee. The committee called on ministers to push ahead with the online harms bill. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Ministers are being urged to toughen up the regulation of digital and social media because “a pandemic of misinformation and disinformation” is eroding trust in politics and public institutions. A House of Lords committee on democracy and digital technologies, chaired by the film producer [...]

Doctors warn ‘culture of fear’ in NHS could prevent whistleblowing

Doctors warn ‘culture of fear’ in NHS could prevent whistleblowing. Royal Free hospital consultant told staff they could be sacked for sharing information with the press or on social media. Intensive care boss emailed junior doctors and nursers with warning that the trust would ‘track any leaks to the media’ and ‘offer you the chance to post your P45 on Facebook for all to see’. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Doctors have warned that a “culture of fear” in the NHS may prevent life-saving lessons being [...]

Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps

Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps. Data shows 55% of offences where the means of communication was given involved firm’s apps Facebook is facing calls to postpone plans to implement end-to-end encryption across all its messaging platforms. Photograph: Andre M Chang/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock More than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal. The data, obtained by the NSPCC under freedom of information [...]

Coronavirus: Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral

Coronavirus: Here's how you can stop bad information from going viral. Coronavirus misinformation is flooding the internet. A UK parliamentary sub-committee is asking members of the public to submit examples. The committee has particularly requested submissions of misinformation spread in private groups and closed apps such as WhatsApp. Meanwhile, experts are calling on the public to practise "information hygiene". So what can you do to stop the spread of bad information online? 1. Stop and think You want to help family and friends and keep [...]

Online learning: how to acquire new skills during lockdown

Online learning: how to acquire new skills during lockdown. Deep concentration of study is more rewarding than scrolling through social media. Photograph: Fizkes/Getty Images Millions of users are signing up for free courses taught by professors from Harvard and other top universities. For many of us in self-isolation, it can feel like the coronavirus has put the world on hold as we wait for release from our temporary imprisonment. But increasing numbers of people are using the time to build their skill [...]