Tag: Internet

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Kashmir blackout begins to ease

India has announced that the media blackout that suspended all internet services throughout Kashmir and Jammu on 4 August 2019 will finally be partially eased. The media shutdown, according to the BBC, is the longest blackout recorded in any democracy, and despite recent slight easing, the communication restrictions still remain largely in place. The blackout…

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Updates to the RSE curriculum

2020 is set to see the introduction of a new and updated RSE (Relationships & Sex Education) curriculum in primary and secondary schools in the UK. Primary school children are to be taught about their own wellbeing through acts of simple self-care, such as teaching the importance of sleep and spending time outside with friends…

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Technology damages children’s language skills

The Guardian recently released an article revealing that Clarks, the British shoe shop chain, has a new initiative for employees to engage in conversation with children in their stores. This resonated with me because my mother is a primary school teacher and for years has highlighted the noticeable drop of children’s communication skills. I interviewed…

Science

Medical tech: a gimmick or the future?

Advances in the accessibility of online-based healthcare services has the potential to change how we use and access medical help. A Service called ‘Thriva’ offers online and postal health monitoring services. Pay somewhere between £24 and £69 per package and you can have your blood tested for cholesterol, liver function, vitamin D and more. The…

Science

Is the internet making us ill?

Reports of internet-related medical conditions are on the rise. From cyberchondria to cyber hoarding, many of these techno-age disorders are thought to be digital versions of analogue conditions. Whilst most internet usage is not dangerous to health, specialists are interested in understanding whether these new conditions are likely to be short or long-term issues, and…

Science

Facebook knows more than we think

A Google Chrome extension has revealed the enormous scale of Facebook’s data collection from its users.  It is reported that the social media giant can track an individual’s activity in order to deliver targeted advertising. This is done by recording as wide an array of information about the user as possible, including their location, page…

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