article 28 November 2014 UK
Facebook, Twitter told: be clear about how data used

Social networks must simplify terms and conditions, to ensure that their users are clear over how their personal data will be collected and used, MPs say.

article 26 November 2014 UK
Islamic State
by Forget Facebook: jihadists are using different networks

Facebook faces criticism for failing to act over an online chat in which one of Lee Rigby's murderers discussed "killing a soldier" - but it is hardly the only route terrorists use to communicate.

post 26 November 2014
Read more from Geoff White on Technology Is Facebook really capable of monitoring terrorists?

Bearing in mind Facebook moderators sometimes have trouble telling the difference between breastfeeding and porn, I reckon they'd struggle to distinguish angry boasts from genuine threats to life.

article 23 October 2014 UK
Have new government tax rules made any difference at all?

Introduced after the Google, Facebook and Starbucks tax scandals, new tax rules are doing very little to curb similar legal tax avoidance, it is claimed. Is public disquiet having more influence?

video 19 October 2014 UK

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Should you go to prison for being offensive online? - video

Blogger Jamie Bartlett says people should be allowed to upset and offend people online but Labour MP Stella Creasy argues that "it's not free speech if one side of the conversation lives in fear."

article 15 October 2014 UK
Sexting and Snapchat: are nude pics the norm?

More than a third of young people aged between 13-25 have sent naked pictures of themselves - and one in four of them have then had their images sent on without their consent, a report finds.

article 24 August 2014 UK, United States
Ice bucket challenge - who'll be the spoilsport?

George W Bush has done it, but Barack Obama won't budge. David Cameron has just been nominated to get soaked in ice-cold water too - so who'll be first to step up to the bucket?

post 05 July 2014
Read more from Geoff White on Technology Which tech company is dominant in a globalised world?

Does humanity have enough common ground to support truly global tech companies? Are there countries where Angry Birds just simply wouldn't fly?

post 30 June 2014
Read more from Geoff White on Technology The truth about Facebook: it plays with your emotions all the time

It's not just a clever use of technology, or a one-off experiment: tracking and manipulating your emotions are at the very heart of Facebook's success.