Washington Post: Cubans are using social media to air their grievances — and the government is responding, sometimes

Washington Post: Cubans are using social media to air their grievances — and the government is responding, sometimes. “The word spread through the encrypted app Telegram, and later, Twitter. On the agreed-upon day, the Cuban people would unite with one voice. Not to clamor for democracy, or turn out the government, or demand the freedom of political prisoners. To protest high mobile Internet prices.”

BBC: Wikipedia founder calls for social media strike

BBC: Wikipedia founder calls for social media strike. “People are being urged to stop using social media for up to 48 hours later this week in an effort to pressure the networks into restoring control of personal data to users. The call to strike has been issued by Dr Larry Sanger – a co-founder of the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia.”

BBC: How apps power Hong Kong’s ‘leaderless’ protests

BBC: How apps power Hong Kong’s ‘leaderless’ protests. “In a tiny room on the edge of a nondescript building complex sits an unlikely participant in Hong Kong’s protest movement. Behind his laptop computer, Tony (not his real name) monitors scores of groups on private messaging app Telegram and online forums. Organisers say volunteers like Tony are running hundreds of Telegram groups that are powering Hong Kong’s protest turned civil disobedience campaign. They claim that more than two million people have taken to the streets in recent weeks to express opposition to a controversial extradition law.”

Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news (South China Morning Post)

South China Morning Post: Social media: Asia’s new battleground between youth movements and state control of fake news. “Pro-democracy movements in Southeast Asia grappling with limited freedom of speech have found a new battleground in social media, but the rise of authoritarian policies on online platforms may curtail the effectiveness of such efforts, regional analysts say.”

CNET: AI tools can help individuals tackle climate change, scientists say

CNET: AI tools can help individuals tackle climate change, scientists say. “Small footprints can leave lasting impressions. In a paper released earlier this month, a team of machine learning experts mention how artificial intelligence tools can empower individuals to reduce their own carbon footprint.”