GDPR – Just one month to go

Reading Time: 2 minutesThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Europe-wide change to data protection, comes into effect on May 25th. Companies around the world who deal with European citizens’ data will be affected – we’ve already seen tech giants like Facebook and Google scrambling to save their business models, knowing that the fines which can be levied against them through GDPR are too big to ignore.

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Daily Digest

Reading Time: 2 minutesFeature update including a new feature – Emails from Cronycle. From our Daily Digest to Sunday Best; here’s what happening with your inbox and how to manage those settings.

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Russia and the West: what is the Endgame?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn light of the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, and the tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats by NATO countries and Russia that followed, one might begin to wonder: what exactly is the endgame of this increasing confrontation between Russia and the West?

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Cyborg Chess and What It Means

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen arguably the greatest chess player of all time, Garry Kasparov, was beaten by Deep Blue in 1997, some took it to mean that human intelligence had become irrelevant. For instance, Newsweek ran a cover story about the match with the headline “The Brain’s Last Stand.” However, the chess-related conflict between human and computer cognition turned out to be somewhat more convoluted than that.

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Sockpuppetry is the new normal. That doesn’t make it healthy

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s been nearly three years since Adrian Chen first discussed the Internet Research Agency, a euphemistically titled group which was pumping out pro-Kremlin and anti-American messages for money. At the time, eyes were elsewhere online – it was the year of Ashley Madison, after all, and a time when China ranked alongside Russia (if not higher) in the space of public paranoia.

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Are you an influencer?

Reading Time: 2 minutesThis week we rolled out a new feature update which allows you to identify who is an influencer. The ultimate question I’m sure you are wanting to know the answer to … How is the influencer score worked out? There’s is a complex algorithm …

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The Efficacy of Bot Purges

Reading Time: 2 minutesThere’s something rather brutal about the idea of bot purges – perhaps a reflection of the humanity with which we endow human-looking accounts. Twitter’s decision to suspend thousands of accounts last month was less horrific than it sounded: a small attempt to solve a problem which has plagued the platform for over a year now, and has brought into the radar of US and British politicians as an ambivalent if not mercenary hawker of propaganda.

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Does Social Media Really Polarize Our Politics?

Reading Time: 3 minutesIt’s often said that social media has a polarizing effect on our politics. And, on the surface, this narrative makes a lot of sense. The polarization of politics has continued as social media has taken over our brains. And what social media does, among other things, is make a game of earning the approval of your peers, thus solidifying your group identity.

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Slack-GDPR

Reading Time: 1 minuteWith the GDPR deadline looming (25th may 2018), Cronycle has launched the first-ever GDPR slack community which is aimed at building a community to foster the conversation about the General Data Protection Regulation.

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