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May 13, 2022 T&S Newsletter


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What Students Are Saying about Teen Mental Health, Moderating Speech and Special Talents


New York Times | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


This week The Learning Network responded to a special Times report called “The Inner Pandemic” about an alarming increase in mental health risks for teenagers. As part of a larger collection of resources, we asked young people, Is Teen Mental Health in a State of Crisis? With almost no exceptions, the 150-plus who responded agreed that “it’s the worst it’s ever been.” You can read more of what they had to say below.


After that, you’ll find two comments from two additional forums — one asking about moderating speech on social media platforms, and a lighter one asking what kind of competition — no matter how ridiculous — they might be able to win.

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Mobile phone data reveal the effects of violence on internal displacement in Afghanistan


Nature | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Nearly 50 million people globally have been internally displaced due to conflict, persecution and human rights violations. However, the study of internally displaced persons—and the design of policies to assist them—is complicated by the fact that these people are often underrepresented in surveys and official statistics. We develop an approach to measure the impact of violence on internal displacement using anonymized high-frequency mobile phone data. We use this approach to quantify the short- and long-term impacts of violence on internal displacement in Afghanistan, a country that has experienced decades of conflict. Our results highlight how displacement depends on the nature of violence. High-casualty events, and violence involving the Islamic State, cause the most displacement. Provincial capitals act as magnets for people fleeing violence in outlying areas. Our work illustrates the potential for non-traditional data sources to facilitate research and policymaking in conflict settings.

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U.S. Cities Are Backing off Banning Facial Recognition as Crime Rises


US News | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Facial recognition is making a comeback in the United States as bans to thwart the technology and curb racial bias in policing come under threat amid a surge in crime and increased lobbying from developers.


Virginia in July will eliminate its prohibition on local police use of facial recognition a year after approving it, and California and the city of New Orleans as soon as this month could be next to hit the undo button.


Homicide reports in New Orleans rose 67% over the last two years compared with the pair before, and police say they need every possible tool.

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Metaverse: What impact might it have on the workplace?


Business Cloud | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


The metaverse may seem puzzling at first. But so did Bitcoin when it initially appeared. It is a collection of online, 3D, and virtual settings. These virtual worlds may be accessed through VR headsets, AR glasses, cellphones, PCs, and game consoles. With so many possibilities, it’s no wonder that many predict the metaverse will be the next revolutionary internet phase.


The metaverse will be utilized for socializing, events, gaming, commerce, and even employment. The metaverse will be a collection of online places with customizable avatars and objects that can be moved around.

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TikTok Sued After 10-Year-Old Dies in ‘Blackout Challenge’


Bloomberg | May 13, 2022

Company Listed: TikTok


TikTok Inc. was blamed in a lawsuit for the death of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly participated in an online challenge in which people choke themselves until they black out.


Nylah Anderson, an intelligent child who could speak three languages, was found unconscious in her bedroom in suburban Philadelphia on Dec. 7, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. She spent five days in a pediatric intensive care unit before succumbing to her injuries.

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The Messy Progress on Data Privacy


New York Times | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


The latest attempt to create the first broad national data privacy law in the United States is causing the typical nonsense in Washington. But from the mess in Congress and elsewhere in the U.S., we’re finally seeing progress in defending Americans from the unrestrained information-harvesting economy.


What’s emerging is a growing consensus and a body of (imperfect) laws that give people real control and companies more responsibility to tame the nearly limitless harvesting of our data. Given all the bickering, tacky lobbying tactics and gridlock, it might not look like winning from up close. But it is.

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Meta Prepares for Cutbacks, Avoids Policy Guidance, and Gets Sued


Tech.co | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Facebook


Granted, Facebook's parent company isn't having a good year, either, just going off of stock prices, and it hasn't started the decade in a great place, either. The world's large social media platform still remains too big to fail, however, even if a few upcoming cutbacks will make it just a little bit smaller.


Here's a quick look at the most recent news cycle that the company has been dealing with in this week alone, from a lawsuit to a guidance request withdrawal.

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Big Tech would get its own regulator under new Senate bill


Washington Post | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


For years, consumer advocates have called for the creation of a new tech regulator that would bring expertise to Washington’s flailing efforts to rein in Silicon Valley’s power.


They are one step closer today, as Sen. Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.) is set to unveil a new bill that would establish a five-person commission tasked with protecting consumers in the age of Big Tech. According to a copy of the bill that Bennet shared exclusively with The Technology 202, the commission would be able to interrogate the algorithms that power major tech platforms and set new rules to force greater transparency of social media.

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Senator introduces bill giving Big Tech its own federal watchdog


Washington Post | May 12, 2022

Company Listed: Social Media


Throughout history, Congress has established expert agencies to oversee important parts of the American economy — from agriculture to drugs to railroads. Now amid growing concerns about the power of Silicon Valley, a Democratic senator suggests reforming current institutions isn’t enough: a new federal watchdog is needed to regulate the country’s most influential tech companies.