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When there’s an app that can save lives, there will be no need to download it out of a sense of duty | Opinion – Blog – Emails

The NHS Covid-19 alert app will be available nationwide in June. It’s voluntary, so those of us with smartphones must decide: should we download the app? The health secretary, Matt Hancock, thinks we should, claiming that we would be “doing our duty and helping to save lives”. If only it were that simple. Even if 80% of smartphone […]

In a polarised world, even checking facts on Twitter becomes politicised | Kenan Malik | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Like many Twitter debates, the war of words that broke out last week between Donald Trump and the social media company may seem inconsequential, even infantile. However, the spat raises important questions about the relationship between the public, technology companies and the state, especially in a polarised America. On Tuesday, Twitter attached a health warning […]

Twitter taking on Trump’s lies? About time too | John Naughton | Opinion – Blog – Emails

In addition to washing your hands while singing the first two verses of The Internationale, it might be a good time also to clean out your Twitter feed. According to a recent report of a research study by Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, about 45% of the false […]

Facebook’s ‘oversight board’ is proof that it wants to be regulated – by itself | John Naughton | Opinion – Blog – Emails

Here we go again. Facebook, a tech company that suffers from the delusion that it’s a nation state, has had another go at pretending that it is one. Originally, you will recall, it was going to create a global currency called Libra and in effect become shadow banker to the world. Strangely, a world that […]

TikTok is the perfect medium for the splintered attention spans of lockdown | Sophie Haigney | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

TikTok is the perfect medium for the splintered attention spans of lockdown | Sophie Haigney | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Tempemail.co Skip to content Someone, somewhere, makes a sandwich, gracefully pressing her fork into the edges of crustless white bread. Someone else jumps in the air and somehow manages to remove his hoodie with […]

If we want better conditions for Amazon staff we need to be patient… | Opinion – Blog – Emails

Tim Bray resigned as an Amazon vice-president last week. “Who he?” I hear you say. And why is this news significant? Answers: first, Bray is an ubergeek who’s an alumnus of many of the outfits in tech’s hall of fame (including DEC, Sun Microsystems, the OED project at the University of Waterloo, Google’s Android team […]

The lockdown in our minds will be the last restriction to be lifted | Rafael Behr | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Watching old movies, it is easy to be shocked by all the gratuitous touching. By “old” I mean anything recorded before March 2020, when people were still squeezing past each other to get to the bar, exchanging grimy coins and passing drinks back with their dirty bare hands. Did we really throng like that? It […]

We live in stressful times, a perfect moment to try to turn off and tune out | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Mindlessness v mindfulness I tried to watch Apocalypse Now three times last week. I’ve never seen it and apocalypse does feel very now so why not use all this time – so much time! – to get through all the films and books I promised myself if life allowed? Except life is very much allowing […]

Don’t despair if your child is glued to a screen, it may be keeping them sane | Amy Orben | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Should we start to use “physical distancing” instead of “social distancing”? Those keen on the change argue that, despite being physically apart, we can still be socially together. So we can connect and support each other even when avoiding unnecessary face-to-face contact. Sure, change the label. But it won’t change the reality of what might […]

Social media no longer tolerates toxic lies? Don’t believe a word of it | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

The tech companies insist that the corona pandemic of 2020 will not be a repeat of the US presidential election of 2016. With millions of lives at stake, economies collapsing and hunger spreading, they will not rake in the advertising revenue generated by fake news and Russian disinformation this time round. They are responsible corporate […]