A look at big tech’s brewing privacy fight, child hackathons and the rapid increase in ocean heatwaves. Our weekly round-up of provoking thoughts, penetrating insights and digital curiosities…

Post-truth and privacy

The New York Times delves into the backstory of the unlikely privacy activists that took on Silicon Valley…and won. The publication also looks at some of the former tech workers fighting to reclaim some of our attention from Silicon Valley’s clutches

The Atlantic examines the charming infinite dystopia of contemporary e-commerce. It also makes the case that platforms are not publishers while The Guardian makes the case that humans are a ‘post-truth’ species.

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Child’s play

The BBC looks at the kids section of the annual Def Con hacking conference that included a demonstration of how inadequate the defences surrounding the US voting system are. The publication also looked at how future generations are likely to be far more influenced by robots than current ones.

A Eye

The Financial Times reports on the partnership between Google’s artificial intelligence business, DeepMind, and London’s Moorfields Eye hospital to use AI to identify eye diseases. The firm is now planning clinical trials.  The publication also reports on plans by UBS to bring ‘Netflix-style’ recommendations to its trading clients.

The Financial Times looks into the limits of leapfrogging, when it comes to innovation in Africa.

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Not a drop to drink

Nature reports on new research which shows that the frequency of ocean heatwaves has doubled as a result of climate change. Yale’s Environment 360 website asks the question: Should rivers have rights? Elsewhere Quartz looks at the implications of the fight for water in a warming world.

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