How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Max Fisher, a reporter based in London who co-writes The Interpreter column and newsletter, discussed the tech he’s using. You travel all around the world for your Interpreter columns. What is your tech setup while you’re on the road? Mostly, I try to follow my colleague Sheera Frenkel’s security advice. Two laptops and two phones, one of each just for sensitive stuff, which get fully wiped and reloaded after each trip. Everything goes in my Patagonia Headway, the greatest travel bag in human history. Lots of countries block or monitor certain sites, so I use VPNs, which route all traffic through an anonymous server in another country. And I tether my laptop to my phone so I can avoid sketchy Wi-Fi. I also need to keep myself sane. So I keep my Kindle fully loaded and always pack my noise-canceling, wireless headphones, the Wirecutter-recommended Sony H.ear. Even if … [Read more...] about Social Media’s Re-engineering Effect, From Myanmar to Germany
Before reading the article: Earlier this year, the Senate Intelligence Committee began a bipartisan investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and beyond. On Dec. 17, it released two new reports that it commissioned about the Russian campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms. The reports found, among other things, that the Russian influence campaign in 2016 was run by a St. Petersburg company called the Internet Research Agency, owned by a businessman, Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, who is a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. They also stress that the I.R.A. created social media accounts under fake names — designed to pass as belonging to Americans — on virtually every available platform. The reports identify some of the most popular of the images and themes created by the I.R.A. Take a look at some of their posts in this article. Then, based on what you see, respond to the following … [Read more...] about Learning With: ‘Russian 2016 Influence Operation Targeted African-Americans on Social Media’
(CNN)The UAE is one of the most socially-engaged countries in the world, with the highest social media penetration globally, per Hootsuite's "Digital in 2017" report. Like YouTube in Saudi Arabia, Instagram and Snapchat have particularly taken off in the UAE. Local news reported the findings of one 2016 paper which stated 60% of people online in the Emirates used Instagram, versus 42% worldwide. As the commercial heart of the UAE, Dubai is at the center of a social media whirlwind, and retailers are all too happy to be swept up. The inevitable rise of the robocops Dubai's online retail industry is expected to "soar by 2021," according to consultancy firm Knight Frank, and regional retail trends indicate social media has a role to play. In June, PricewaterhouseCooper found 48% of Middle Eastern consumers engaged in online promotions via social media, while 41% had used their smartphone for online purchases -- above the global average. Social media sells, and in a city of … [Read more...] about How to win friends and influence people: Dubai’s social media empires
(CNN)A monkey using a laptop, a singing lion, a chess-playing goat, a footballer dressed as a wolf, plumes of white smoke from a restaurant chimney. Not forgetting the cryptic messages, Ikea-style pictorial instructions, magic tricks and Fortnite. Confused? Indeed. Football clubs have increasingly been using social media to unveil player signings in unconventional ways, embracing eccentricity like an elderly British aristocrat living on a diet of stout and double cream. Weird has become the new normal. Follow @cnnsport Frequently surreal, often funny, some unveilings resemble home movies or graphics hurriedly put together by a toddler, others are more akin to a Monty Python sketch. For clubs with money to spare, unveilings have become 30-second Hollywood-style productions: Glossy, expensive, stylish. (Yes, Manchester United, that is you.) The days of football clubs merely competing against each other for trophies and player signatures is now as antiquated a memory as the extinct … [Read more...] about What next for football’s ‘weird’ social media craze?
(CNN)Cystic fibrosis did not define Claire Wineland. She did. No matter the obstacles placed in front of her, of which there were many, she refused to be pitied and was determined to live a life that mattered. She inspired countless people, invited -- no, demanded -- honest talk about illness and mortality, and brightened the worlds of those she touched with her smile, spunk and spirit. On Sunday evening, after being taken off life support and using the newly transplanted lungs she received just one week earlier, Claire took her last breath. The cause of death was a massive stroke she suffered soon after the transplant surgery. She was 21. 'Love what is' A quarter of Claire's life was spent in the hospital. The medical team that tended to her became family. She played hide-and-seek with nurses and left explosions of glitter in her wake. She watched one of her doctors squirm as he gave her the safe-sex talk. She took great care to decorate her hospital room so it felt and looked like … [Read more...] about Claire Wineland, inspirational speaker and social media star, dies one week after lung transplant