Data dealings: how social media treats people data

Mark Zuckerberg testifying in court after data scandal

People data from social media could further the understanding of economies and societies, but first we must explore why different motives for sharing data on various platforms may skew our insights

Are Google and Facebook killing advertising?

phones with Google and Facebook on screen

Internet behemoths Facebook and Google collectively dominate the online ad market, so what chance do smaller businesses have in competing?

Is Silicon Valley using culture fit to disguise discrimination?

wifi engineer LeRon Barton sitting in front of a white wall

For an industry that prides itself on creativity, its workforce is homogenous. A former techie-turned-writer shares his experience of working as a black employee in Silicon Valley and tells how the technology sector remains out of reach for many under-represented ethnicities

Is social media strengthening our biases?

Social media has transformed the nature of human interaction, but has simultaneously created homogeneous newsfeeds that reinforce our social and cultural biases

Facebook data row: will big tech shares slump?

Facebook shares fall

In the wake of Cambridge Analytica, Facebook shares plummeted, and it remains to be seen whether other big tech companies will suffer likewise

Facing up to the misuse of personal data

Mark Zuckerberg in US court

Facebook’s fracas over misuse of its users’ data may signal a fundamental rethink of how customers’ personal information is treated online

Five ways to help ‘fix’ Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief who vowed to protect users from abuse, hate and political interference, gets some advice on how to fix the social network

March 2016: news highlights

From Chancellor George Osborne's welfare cuts to the election of Myanmar's first civilian president, we chart March's news highlights