MP asks Facebook to tackle ‘fake news’ as election approaches

MP asks Facebook to tackle ‘fake news’ as election approaches

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Collins recently launched a parliamentary inquiry into fake news An MP has urged Facebook to tackle fake news in the run-up to the UK’s general election on 8 June. Conservative MP Damian Collins expressed his concerns to the Guardian newspaper, saying fake news threatened “the integrity of democracy”. […]

Ted 2017: Scary robots that want to be useful

Ted 2017: Scary robots that want to be useful

Image caption SpotMini went down well with the Ted crowd Boston Dynamics founder Prof Marc Raibert came to the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference with a new message about his military-funded robots – they could find ways in to homes and on to the streets. He revealed a video of one of the company’s […]

Facebook baby killing: Grief and questions after shocking murder

Facebook baby killing: Grief and questions after shocking murder

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Jiranuch Trirat next to a picture of her daughter An incident as shocking as a man murdering his 11-month-old daughter live on Facebook before killing himself was bound to provoke heated debate. The 21-year-old man broadcast himself hanging his daughter from a half-finished building on the island of Phuket in […]

Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

Ted 2017: The woman who wants China to eat insects

Image copyright Ryan Lash/Ted Image caption Matilda Ho is a Ted Fellow, an award given by the conference to young entrepreneurs making a difference A Chinese entrepreneur is promoting edible insects and online farmers’ markets in a campaign to improve eating habits in the country. Matilda Ho spoke at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) […]

Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life

Thai man kills baby on Facebook Live then takes own life

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The deaths took place at a deserted hotel in Phuket A Thai man filmed himself killing his baby daughter on Facebook Live, before taking his own life, Thai police say. The 21-year-old hanged his daughter, and then himself, at a deserted hotel in Phuket on Monday, reportedly after an argument […]

Teenage cyber hacker Adam Mudd jailed for global attacks

Teenage cyber hacker Adam Mudd jailed for global attacks

Image copyright ERSOU Image caption Adam Mudd pleaded guilty to computer offences at an earlier hearing A computer hacker has been jailed for two years for masterminding global online attacks as a teenager from his bedroom in Hertfordshire. Adam Mudd, now 20, admitted creating malware in 2013 which was used to carry out 1.7 million […]

Russian hackers ‘target’ presidential candidate Macron

Russian hackers ‘target’ presidential candidate Macron

Image copyright AFP Image caption Attackers have tried to trick key Macron staff into handing over login names Russian hackers are targeting the campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron, say security experts. Phishing emails, malware and fake net domains were all being used as attack techniques, said Feike Hacquebord, from security company Trend Micro. […]

Ted 2017: I won first match with Deep Blue, says Kasparov

Ted 2017: I won first match with Deep Blue, says Kasparov

Image copyright Ted Image caption Garry Kasparov appeared at the Ted conference in Vancouver Garry Kasparov relived his epic chess match with IBM’s Deep Blue computer as he took to the stage at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference to talk about the current battle between man and machine. The ex-champion said it had […]

Ted 2017: Frugal scientist offers malaria tools

Ted 2017: Frugal scientist offers malaria tools

Image copyright Ted Image caption Manu Prakash took to the Ted stage to talk about frugal science Manu Prakash, a bio-engineer at Stanford University, designs cheap tools that can make a big difference in the poorest parts of the world. At the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver, he showed off his latest […]

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jimmy Wales hopes to get enough donations to hire a team of journalists Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a news service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers. His goal is for Wikitribune to offer “factual and neutral” articles that help combat the problem of “fake […]