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Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive.
Natalie F. Hardwicke Best Student Paper Award
As you may be aware, we tragically lost our colleague and friend Natalie Hardwicke in 2018. Nat was undertaking her PhD at the University of Sydney Business School with an industry scholarship provided by Ripple Effect Group. All who knew and worked with Nat are keen to keep her work and her contributions alive, and we’re thrilled about the establishment of the Natalie F. Hardwicke Best Student Paper Award by the Hardwicke Family Trust together with the Australasian chapter of the Association for Information Systems (AAIS).
The Natalie F. Hardwicke Best Student Paper Award recognises exceptional quality publications by PhD students exhibiting innovative box-breaking research. The Hardwicke Family Trust, in consultation with the AAIS, established the award in 2019 in memory of Natalie Hardwicke. The award includes a $1500 prize from the Hardwicke Family Trust and is administered by AAIS.
Nominations are now open with the closing deadline on Friday 15 November. To learn more about Nat, the award eligibility and nomination requirements – and to submit a nomination – please visit the link below and get your nominations in before next Friday.
Google’s big plan to fight tech addiction: A piece of paper
Anne says: If it was April, I’d love the concept as an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke. But as the sub-heading to this article states:
Paper Phone is not a joke—it’s part of the company’s “digital well-being experiments.”
This is Google’s answer to digital addiction. After I’d completed a Google search (hmmmm – and they can manipulate the algorithms, so… perhaps I’ve been duped here), I came to the conclusion that it seemed legit. Probably. But let’s assume it’s real and they’re serious – here are a few of my issues. Firstly, I have a problem with the term “addiction” – if you’ve followed previous articles where I’ve written about digital addiction and distractions you’ll be familiar with my concerns. Secondly, they justify the concept by providing a way to embrace the “digital detox” movement. And finally, you need an app (Android users only at this stage)! Of course, you have to share what data you want to save to your paper phone.
The project is part of the Experiments with Google lab and they claim: “It hopes to give people an alternative solution to carrying a phone all day by offering information on a printed piece of paper”. It responds to the issue with a ‘leave your phone at home, turn it off, go without it’ approach by recognising that a large number of users rely on their phones for a number of functions other than social media and texting. So – you print it all out and put it in your pocket – just like a phone, because it’s designed to be the same size as a phone!
The critics talk about the irony of returning to paper-based diaries and organisers. While my first thought was if I print out reminders, for example, how will a piece of paper do that? Or wait, I’ve got all my contacts printed out… but oops, I can’t call anyone because I’m not carrying my phone!! There are some other issues raised by authors of digital distractions and managing attention – they all raise valid points.
Aside from not having an Android device, I’d rather carry my digital device than a wad of paper. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has a different take on this initiative.
You can watch the Paper Phone in action here – and remember, this is NOT a joke (as the article reminds us more than once).
This is cool: Fall of Berlin Wall: How 1989 reshaped the modern world
Jakkii says: It’s incredible to think that the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago now – and depending on how you reflect upon it, it’s incredible both that it was only 30 years ago, and also that it is already 30 years ago.
This short read from the BBC is a look back at the history that led to the hows and why of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as a brief discussion of what happened next, focused on the fall of the USSR. The headline was a little misleading for me in that the article doesn’t delve too far beyond this into how the fall of the Wall changed the world, but there were some interesting pieces written for the 25 year history like this one, “How the fall of the Berlin Wall changed the world, in one chart“, and also a nice piece from The Conversation last year, “World politics explainer: The fall of the Berlin Wall“. In addition, you might find this piece an interesting read: “‘It was gut-wrenching’: Berlin Wall tunneller recalls 1971 capture”
Although this is, of course, not directly related to any of the sorts of topics we typically share in our Friday Faves, I think it’s both fascinating and important for us to reflect on occasions in history and how they led us to where they are today.
This Week in Social Media
Politics, democracy and regulation
- Facebook and the “free speech” excuse
- Facebook isn’t defending free speech, it’s assaulting the truth
- Twitter is banning political ads – but the real battle for democracy is with Facebook and Google
- Twitter chose to ban political ads. But pressuring Facebook to do the same could backfire.
- Trump’s Twitter Presidency: 9 key takeaways
- In Trump’s Twitter feed: conspiracy-mongers, racists and spies
- U.S. opens national security investigation into TikTok – sources
- TikTok and Apple decline to testify over China
- The internet is getting less free
Privacy and data
- Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame
- Edward Snowden says Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA
- The great ‘sharenting’ debate, are parents posting too much?
- Facebook: Our video selfie test is for spotting bots, doesn’t use facial recognition
- Facebook Groups members’ info left exposed to 100 app developers
Cybersecurity and safety
- Pegasus breach: India denies WhatsApp hack amid outrage
- WhatsApp ‘hack’ is serious rights violation, say alleged victims
- California reveals it is investigating Facebook over privacy practices
- Facebook fought to keep a trove of thousands of explosive internal documents and emails secret. They were just published online in full.
- Your hacked Facebook account may be bankrolling scam ad campaigns
- Two ex-Twitter workers accused of spying for Saudi Arabia
Society and culture
- It’s been a year since 20,000 Google employees walked off the job. And they’re madder than ever.
- Researchers are turning to Reddit drug forums to tackle the opioid crisis
- TikTok activism: ‘We’re changing the world in 15 seconds’
- People are turning to Reddit to work out if they have an STI
- Thought poetry was dead? The ‘Instapoets’ raking it in online would beg to differ
- The secret sauce to YouTube’s viral food personalities — ‘they f— up constantly’
- Will social media buzz help decide the Oscars?
- Meet Rev Chris Lee, leading an ecclesiastical mission on YouTube and Instagram
- It’s ‘impossible to exist’ on Facebook as an NSFW artist
- Yugoslavia’s brutalist relics fascinate the Instagram generation
- The woman who tracks 450 ‘dark’ Instagram accounts
Extremism, trolling and hate speech
- Twitter has been flooded with ISIS propaganda since al Baghdadi’s death
- Hate-filled website banned after mass murders has reappeared
- So, uh, why is Richard Spencer still on Twitter?
- Analysis shows horrifying extent of abuse sent to women MPs via Twitter
Moderation and misinformation
- Adobe and Twitter are designing a system for permanently attaching artists’ names to pictures
- Twitter’s struggles with moderating online abuse continue
- How Reddit birthed a community of digital vigilantes
- Inside TikTok: A culture clash of US staff with Chinese bosses
Marketing, advertising and PR
- Facebook announces changes to ad metrics, including removal of 10-second video views
- Males heard 1.5x more often than females in YouTube ads
- How Instagram is impacting beauty merchandising teams
- Even on YouTube you’re not safe from Google Shopping ads
- In an era of easy outrage, when should brands take a stand?
- Facebook again accused of discriminatory ad targeting
- How to make it big on Chinese social media
- YouTube rolls out Super Stickers, a new way for creators to make money
- Social media influencers now have a brochure from the FTC
- 2019 in Review: Social Media is Changing, and It’s Not a Bad Thing.
- LinkedIn releases its guiding principles after reaching record user numbers
- Twitter may fundamentally change how retweets and mentions work
- YouTube’s homepage redesign focuses on usability, giving you control over recommendations
- Facebook’s new branding distinguishes app from acquisitions
- Twitter is rolling out Topics, a way to follow subjects automatically in the timeline
- Pinterest’s Evan Sharp is building a kinder social network
- Facebook could soon offer encrypted audio and video calls
- Pinterest launches a refresh of its mobile app
- WhatsApp update finally stops people from adding you to groups you don’t want to be in
- How Google and Instagram think about the future of photos
- Dark mode is everywhere. Is it really better for you?
Facebook’s Libra and Calibra
- EU proposes issuing its own digital currency to counteract the Libra effect
- China bans anti-blockchain sentiment as it prepares for launch of state cryptocurrency
- Australia reportedly wants to grill Facebook about its ‘cryptocurrency’ plans
Sydney Business Insights – The Future This Week Podcast
This week: a Halloween special with beer corpses, zombie bots and connected birds. Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group) meet once a week to put their own spin on news that is impacting the future of business in The Future, This Week.
The stories this week
Other stories we bring up