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Jugend und Vergessen

„Why an internet that never forgets is especially bad for young people – As past identities become stickier for those entering adulthood, it’s not just individuals who will suffer. Society will too. … Until the end of the 20th century, most young people could take one thing for granted: their embarrassing behavior would eventually be forgotten. … Not anymore. Today, people enter adulthood with much of their childhood and adolescence still up for scrutiny. … Meanwhile, digital natives are also the most intensively tracked generation at school. … In such a world, tweens and teens who put a foot wrong have a lot to lose. … My research on youth and media practices indicates that as young people lose their ability to explore new ideas and identities and mess up without consequence, there are two critical dangers. – First, some are already becoming so risk-averse that they may be missing out on at least some of the experimentation that has long defined adolescence. … The second potential danger is more troubling: in a world where the past haunts the present, young people may calcify their identities, perspectives, and political positions at an increasingly young age. … Identities and political perspectives will be hardened in place, not because people are resistant to change but because they won’t be allowed to shed their past. In a world where partisan politics and extremism continue to gain ground, this may be the most dangerous consequence of coming of age in an era when one has nothing left to hide.“

MIT Technology Review


TikTok claims zero takedown requests from China in first transparency report – The highest number of requests came from India and the US – The news comes after a difficult year for the social media startup, which faced growing scrutiny over its relationship with China. In September, a report from The Washington Post suggested TikTok was censoring content related to the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, likely to appease the Chinese government. TikTok denied the allegations, but it wasn’t enough to stop lawmakers in the US from calling for a national security probe. – Then, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reached out to ByteDance with national security concerns that threatened the existence of the app. Since CFIUS manages mergers and acquisitions with US companies, its inquiry raised concerns that ByteDance could be forced to sell TikTok. Most recently, the US army went so far as to ban soldiers from using the app, saying it was a ‚cyber threat.'“

The Verge


ProtonMail takes aim at Google with an encrypted calendar – Encrypted email provider ProtonMail has officially launched its new calendar in public beta. The move is part of the Swiss company’s broader push to offer privacy-focused alternatives to Google’s key products.“


5G in Südkorea

„Schönes neues Krankenhaus – Südkorea baut die erste mit 5GInternet ausgestattete Klinik der Welt. Dort sind ferngesteuerte Operationen geplant, und Sensoren sollen Patienten überwachen. … Und wenn der Strom ausfällt oder das Netz zusammenbricht? Die Ärzte Kim und Park zucken mit den Schultern. Das wäre ja auch bei herkömmlichen Krankenhäusern schon ein Problem. Und die regelmäßigen Visiten würden ohnehin nie abgeschafft. Schon weil sich Patienten sonst von lauter Technologie umzingelt und alleingelassen fühlen würden.“