By Charlie Pinkerton iPolitics Tues., Nov. 6, 2018 Elections Canada wants to add “listening tools” to its election-protecting repertoire as soon as it can. The agency is in the market for analytics software to monitor attempts on social media to spread disinformation about elections. Stéphane Perrault, Canada’s chief electoral officer, explained what the agency intends to purchase to members of the House Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics committee on Thursday. “We are currently purchasing (social media) listening tools — and the purpose there is not to listen to particular conversations, and we’re not interested in who says what — but these are tools that (use) artificial intelligence (to gather) information about what’s being said about the electoral process,” Perrault told committee members. Elections Canada currently uses Hootsuite to manage its social media accounts, according to a … [Read more...] about Elections Canada shopping for software to monitor social media
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SINGAPORE: You’re meeting a friend at an out-of-the-way shopping mall you’re unfamiliar with. Stumped for directions? Not if you have a map app like Google Search to navigate your way.“Papa, how do you say grasshopper in Mandarin?” Once, you might reach for the English-to-Chinese dictionary collecting dust in the nook of your bookshelf to satisfy your child’s curiosity. Today, the answer is just a few taps away on your palm-sized computer – also known as your smartphone.These are but a couple of everyday scenarios we face – and overcome – with the digital "brain" we have sitting in our palms or back pocket.Yet, it's also this convenience at our fingertips that had one prominent American artificial intelligence (AI) expert Vivienne Ming sounding the alarm over its detrimental effects.A recent Financial Times story cited her as predicting that “within a generation, we might see widespread early onset dementia” because … [Read more...] about Is the use of digital tools and social media causing our brains to waste away?
In response to the murder of nine people in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, municipalities are rapidly expanding their use of social media, which is widely used by young people. However, many municipalities say they lack the know-how or |personnel to carry out such programs. In October, the bodies of nine people were discovered in an apartment in Zama. The Metropolitan Police Department has arrested Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, on suspicion of carrying out the murders and other crimes. He is currently in confinement for expert evaluation. Shiraishi is said to have used Twitter to contact female high school students and other victims who had posted about suicide. The survey was conducted in April on 98 prefectures, ordinance-designated cities and prefectural capitals, as well as boards of education. Answers were received from all the local governments. Social media consultations are conducted either through the communication app LINE or services such … [Read more...] about Social media targeted to stop suicides in Japan
Get your social media game up to speed, or get left behind. Some tips from Phuket’s Mr Social Media, Alex Runhaar. 1. Get people to engage When using social media for your company, you want people to engage with your content as much as possible. Using high quality imagery is key. However, when uploading images to Facebook, it compresses your pictures and transforms the quality. By using software like Adobe Lightroom you can modify your imagery to fit each social media platform and thus ensure more likes, shares and comments on your posts. 2. Diversify your spend Digital Marketing should be seen as a multipurpose tool to increase brand awareness and ultimately sales. By focusing your efforts on a few social media platforms and complimenting this with google advertising…you are looking at a winning combination. Once you have a solid Facebook advertising strategy in place, rather than putting more money towards it, diversify by using google adwords. Your potential clients will … [Read more...] about Top Ten tips to sex-up your social media game
source Evgeny Belikov/Strelka Institute/Flickr Frequent social media use and screen time have been portrayed as universally bad for our health. However, a lot of research on this phenomenon has been characterized by poorly done studies and bad science. The vast majority of evidence suggests that our smartphones are not uniformly harmful, and in some cases, they may be a force for good. This is an installment of Business Insider’s “Your Brain on Apps” series that investigates how addictive apps can influence behavior. True story: I once walked headfirst into a pole on my way home from work. I can’t blame the darkness (the sun had only just begun to set), and I can’t blame my vision (I’d recently gotten new glasses). But I can blame my iPhone, whose vibration had lured me into staring at its crisp bright screen. The text I was … [Read more...] about There’s no solid evidence that people get addicted to social media — and using it could actually be beneficial