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'Fiction is outperforming reality': how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth

An ex-YouTube insider reveals how its recommendation algorithm promotes divisive clips and conspiracy videos. Did they harm Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency?<p>The methodology behind this story<p>It was one of January’s most viral videos. Logan Paul, a YouTube celebrity, stumbles across a dead …

Internet

The Visionless Society

Imagine yourself in early 2019. The Democrats, despite never articulating a political vision other than not being Donald Trump and refusing to roll …

Stop reading what Facebook tells you to read

<i>An open memo, to all marginally-smart people/consumers of internet "content":</i><p>Hi.<p>Some questions. Do you...<p>Want the internet to be better in 2018?<p>Want …

The Warlock Hunt - The American Interest

The #MeToo moment has now morphed into a moral panic that poses as much danger to women as it does to men.

The death of the internet

If we lose this, we lose everything.<p>When I was very young, before I was on the internet — even before the internet was really a thing you could “go …

YouTube’s algorithms are terrorizing a generation of children

<i>Please be advised: This essay describes disturbing things and links to disturbing graphic and video content. You don’t have to read it, and are advised to take caution exploring further.</i><p>As someone who grew up on the internet, I credit it as one of the most important influences on who I am today. I …

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The corrosion of truth in these strange times is terrifying

Lies have become alternative facts and truth irrelevant in the face of power, while we all give up our privacy<p>In Book 8 of The Odyssey we read that the gods weave misfortune so that later generations have something to sing about.<p>It wasn’t a god but a conman who now leads me to describe how – some …

Google wants to run cities without being elected. Don't let it

A new initiative will see Alphabet – the parent company of Google – take charge of redeveloping a waterfront district in Toronto. Here’s why that’s troubling<p>Alphabet, the parent company of Google, does not suffer from a lack of ambition. Its subsidiaries are tackling topics ranging from autonomous …

Google’s plan to revolutionise cities is a takeover in all but name

Parent company Alphabet would provide services in response to data harvested<p>Last June Volume, a leading magazine on architecture and design, published an article on the GoogleUrbanism project. Conceived at a renowned design institute in Moscow, the project charts a plausible urban future based on …

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace

The possibility of a lasting deal seems as far away as ever – and the history of failed negotiations suggests it’s largely because Israel prefers the status quo<p>Scattered over the land between the Jordan river and the Mediterranean Sea lie the remnants of failed peace plans, international summits, …

The great digital-age swindle… and the man fighting back

He was tour manager for the Band, producer of Mean Streets… so why, at nearly 70, is Jonathan Taplin taking on Facebook and co?<p>We are all – or nearly all – slaves to technology. Think about how many times you consult Google every day. Consider the role that social media like Facebook and Twitter …

Is Your City Being Sold Off to Global Elites?

"See the little pair of shoes?" Kerry Starchuk brings her minivan to a halt before a sprawling manse with antebellum columns and a cast-iron fence …

Real Estate

Liberals gave investors ‘extraordinary control’ over infrastructure bank: opposition

Opposition parties accused the Liberal government of being too cozy with global wealth funds, after documents revealed extensive interactions between investors and federal officials in the planning and promotion of the Canada Infrastructure Bank.<p>Both the Conservatives and NDP raised the issue …

Always fresh? Canada's Tim Hortons coffee chain steams into UK

Company fabled for donuts and sugary ‘double double’ plans more British outlets after European debut in Glasgow but is it here too late in the day?<p>Canadian company Tim Hortons is to open its first UK coffee shop in May, entering the crowded but still growing British market for food and drink on the …

10 of Canada's best lesser-known national parks

To mark its 150th anniversary, Canada is offering free entry to its stunning national parks. But which to pick? We select 10 lesser-known wildernesses<p>Canada has vast swathes of unspoiled nature, from coasts to mountains to tundra and frozen Arctic deserts. While some of these spectacular landscapes …

Blame Canada: Trudeau forced on defensive as Trump targets trade

As he unveiled his ‘Buy American and Hire American’ order, the president called out Canada’s reliance on tariffs and controls to protect its dairy sector<p>When asked this week what he had learned about Donald Trump during the US president’s first months in power, Justin Trudeau paused.<p>“I’ve learned …

Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet

Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change<p>Donald Trump is so spectacularly horrible that it’s hard to look away – especially now that he’s discovered bombs. But precisely because everyone’s staring gape-mouthed in …

Canadian province makes it illegal to require women to wear high heels

British Columbia amends workplace act saying high heels are a threat to employee health and safety<p>The provincial government in British Columbia, Canada, has amended workplace legislation to prevent employers to force women to wear high heels at work.<p>BC Green party leader Andrew Weaver filed a …

New Brunswick becomes first Canada province to offer free abortion pill

Pill will be given to women with a valid healthcare card, a big step for region that previously had some of Canada’s tightest restrictions on reproductive rights<p>New Brunswick has become the first province in Canada to distribute an abortion pill for free, in a major step for a region that …

Abortion, Holocaust comparison prompts calls for sex ed investigation in Alberta

Warning: some may find the content in this video disturbing<p>Sexual health advocates are calling for a provincewide investigation of Alberta's sex …

Trump's immigration policies are opening a door to the Silicon Valley of the North

It's a startup founder's dream: a community of 2,500 early-stage tech companies, a government investing in high-tech innovation and expediting work permits, and venture-capital investment levels not seen since the heyday of the dot-com bubble.<p>This isn't San Francisco, New York, or London — it's …

Venture Capital

These 10 companies control everything you buy

These companies — Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg's, Mars, Associated British Foods, and Mondelez — each employ thousands and make billions of dollars in revenue every year.<p>In an effort to push these companies to make positive changes — and for customers to …

Kellogg's

Someone is spying on cellphones in the nation's capital

A CBC/Radio-Canada investigation has found cellphone trackers at work near Parliament Hill and embassies<p>A months-long CBC News/Radio-Canada …

Landlords fear property values will go up in smoke with marijuana legalization

Canadian residents will be allowed to grow four plants per household under expected legislation<p>Marijuana could be legal in Canada as early as next …

CIBC CEO explains why bank is replacing Canadian staff with workers from India

CEO Victor Dodig acknowledges that 'outsourcing isn't a popular decision'<p>CIBC's CEO issued an internal staff memo Friday to address a CBC News story …

The wild west of weed: will legalisation work for Canada?

Canada’s current ‘green rush’ makes Amsterdam’s coffeeshops look restrained – but Justin Trudeau hopes to tame it by making recreational cannabis legal<p>Opposite a bleak government building in suburban Ottawa, Canada, a barebones “cannabis clinic” – with just a cash register, jeweller’s scales and a …

Historical ban on potlatch ceremony has lingering effects for Indigenous women, author says

The 1885 to 1951 ban has led to a patriarchal culture where women are excluded from leadership: Sylvia McAdam<p>The effects of a decades-long ban that …

China Wants Total Access To Canada, May Seek To Import Its Own Workers

China’s government is seeking full access to Canada’s economy in free trade talks, a move that could result in Chinese state-owned companies bringing …

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