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How many teen depressions & suicides until TikTok, Instagram & Snapchat have to bear a ” bad for your health” label ?
Running a TikTok & Instagram challenge for teens for Tech for Good Canada has made me ever more aware of the “Weapons of Mass Distraction” they are- and how underrepresented & creators can love it though. This is a societal division machine like no other.
Who are some of Canada's youth activists that are using TikTok to further their cause ? This is part of the We Stop Scrolling research project Tech for Good Canada embarked on in September 2021 with Ontario Tech University's innovative Steam-3D Maker Lab. Here are the causes we've been curating influencers on since September 2021 on WeStopScrolling on TikTok (and WeStopScrolling on Instagram,...
In September 2021, the Wall Street Journal published a series of internal Facebook reports, now known as The Facebook Files, that show Facebook knew its negative impact on teenagers’ mental health, societal polarization, misinformation, and more.
The revelations from a woman employee put in even greater light the larger, systemic harms that Facebook — and other persuasive technology giants — are able to have on society. Canadian governement must now urgently tax, legislate and regulate Facebook (and its WhatsApp and Instagram properties) and Tech giants like TikTok, Google, and YouTube.
ByteDance is the publisher of Tik Tok, a fun tool on the face of it to lip synch to videos and become world famous – but a powerful data collection and ecommerce tool on the back side.
Improving Youth Mental Health — and Protecting Canada’s Democracy involves Youth Digital Citizenship Education
The new civics education involves explaining to young people -and many adults- how digital tech has been designed- free of legal constraints or care for individual protection. The risk, if they’re used without guidance, , is to fall prey to privacy & security violations, cyberbullying, digital addiction, depression and disinformation and bias in the case of AI.
If you're looking to fight climate change and protect nature, thinking about reducing your digital carbon footprint should come to mind as much as recycling food, clothes and consuming less plastic and oil. Here are some earth-friendly tips to reduce your carbon footprint linked to surfing online and device use while protecting your privacy, one value Tech for Good Canada upholds just as dearly...
Is ClubHouse, the hot discussion app of late 2020, a private platform? Ask Alexander Hanff, online privacy specialist, speaker and consultant, and he'll say what is below. Reproduced with his consent from his Linkedin post here. TLDR; it is shit, it is massively unlawful - stay away! "Hi Alex I just got an invite to Clubhouse. What do you think of the platform? I can send you an invite if you...
From digital marketing to digital citizenship
Canada Research Chair on Youth
Venture Partner, Matr Ventures, privacy and marketing expert