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Facebook: The Most Dangerous Influencer

Facebook is a juggernaut not only in social media but also when it comes to wielding massive political influence. With such power, the responsibility to maintain a balanced political representation…

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Technology

It’s Time To Self-Host Your Content

Whether it’s text, emojis, or pictures of your breakfast—it’s all content that is ready for the social media mill. Any activity online (especially that which involves forming new text or…

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Social

You’ve Got Hate Mail

We got our first hate mail message at Peer Social this week. Frankly, I’m surprised it has taken this long. I would have thought we would get some hate mail…

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Technology

Different is the new Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic has killed over 250,000 people (worldwide) and taken us to the brink of economic ruin but that does not mean that we should give up on civil…

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Social

Social Media makes us lonely, but it doesn’t have to

Far from connecting us with other human beings, social media use does the opposite. According to a recent Cigna study: This year, 71% of heavy social media users report feelings of…

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The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Apple recently announced a new feature to be released in iOS 15 that would allow all photos stored on an iPhone and in iCloud to be scanned for child specific abusive material (CSAM). Theoretically Apple would be able to compare every iPhone photo to known CSAM material and identify people who create and share such villainous content.

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Identity

Self-Sovereign Identity: Tech’s next big Disruption?

When it comes to the concept of being human, there is nothing more valuable than one’s identity. It is what defines you and separates you from others around you. According to psychologists who study human meaning, identity is the sum of a person’s qualities, beliefs, and personality. For sociologists studying identity, an individual’s culture, religion, and history develop their identity as well.

With so many elements involved, it is no wonder that identity is such an incredible part of existence. For millennia, your identity was one part of you that was difficult for another to damage or take away. Remove all other parts of someone’s life – their friends, family, material possessions – you still cannot rule over, steal, or destroy their identity.

Or can you?

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Social

Don’t Be the Next Cambridge Analytica – Dangers of Social Media APIs

The data leak from Cambridge Analytica was one of the most prominent data breaches ever.

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Twitter Catches Up on the Stories Craze with “Fleets”—and Users Are Not Happy

Twitter recently announced its new feature called “Fleets” which is quite similar to other platforms’ disappearing story features. After Snapchat first introduced “Stories” in October 2013, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube,…

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Technology

Metadata: Why You Should Care About It

This article is written by guest blogger Geoff Glave, a Decentralist at Manyone. Several messaging apps claim that their communications are encrypted “end-to-end”—meaning no one can read your messages. So when…

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