coronavirus
Everything In Its Place: The Internet Is Diagramming Our Anxiety

Memes’ basic function is to identify where we stand in relation to the world, and according to the largest-followed meme accounts, a significant portion of the population is currently relating to quarantine fatigue in the six faces of Kanye, Khaleesi smoking a cigarette, cats hanging out windows, a shopping cart full of wine, and Ben Affleck. That’s the “ME RN” crowd, and we talked about them last week. But another contingent dissects anxiety and maps out our isolation-rattled psyche with quieter reflection. This is what artful cartographers and illustrators do best, and mass solitude has added new dimensions to existing oeuvres charting solitude and anxiety, with contemplation on the new trappings of the fortunate (canned goods, roommates, health), or on the absurdity of trying to make sense of it all. Read More >>

networks
Mobile Networks Agree to Share Masts in Rural Black Spots and Grey Areas

The concept of the Shared Rural Network has been signed into existence today, with the major mobile networks agreeing to the headline ambition of getting 4G coverage to 95 per cent of the UK's landmass by 2025. The end of, of course. Read More >>

data
Will My Data Be Online Forever?

We’ve all pretty much reconciled ourselves to the fact that a handful of unaccountable technology executives have, with our help, generated the largest repository of personal information ever assembled, housed in vast fortified complexes around the globe and sifted continually for the benefit of corporations, federal agencies, political campaigns, etc. Less clear is the lifespan of everything they’ve gleaned. Are they really going to hold on to this stuff forever? And if they are, and if we’d rather they didn’t, is there anything we can do about it? For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to a number of experts to find out. Read More >>

brexit
UK Google Users are Losing EU Data Protection Because of Brexit

Now that the UK has finally got its Brexit ducks in a row (kind of), Google users will lose the data protection afforded to them by the European Union. Read More >>

facebook
Data Protection Police Save us From the Horrors of Facebook Dating

Irish data protection regulators have forced Facebook to postpone the launch of its Facebook Dating tool across the EU, meaning we'll have to make it through another Valentine's Day only being able to send worrying messages to people we've silently stalked for 13 years and since before they had kids through the usual communications channels. Read More >>

netflix
Netflix’s New Data Saving Feature Explained

This week Netflix has announced that it has begun using AV1 on its Android app. If you're not sure what this is, don't worry – we have your back. Read More >>

privacy
‘Anonymised’ Data Is Meaningless Bullshit

When most of us think of how the concept of “data” has been skewered by the press, we’re probably thinking about an app’s location data tipping off our home address, or apps like Grindr tipping advertisers off about our sexuality. What’s less scrutinised, both by the public and by those in public office, is data that’s “anonymised” – tied to something like an IP address, rather than a name – even though that’s a concept we’ve seen to be bullshit time and again. Read More >>

data
Tech Regulator Introduces New Code for Child Accounts

The Information Commissioner's Office has launched a new online code today, designed to force the usual tracking, advertising and monitoring giants to be a bit more respectful when there's probably a child behind the clicks and taps. Read More >>

privacy
This Startup Has Ruined Privacy

An Australian startup has developed an app that can identify your name and address with a single photo. Read More >>

streaming
Netflix Can’t Count to Four (and We’ve Got the Receipts) 

It feels like Netflix is an established media heavyweight these days, the kind of TV and film industry giant that makes watercooler shows, big budget fantasy series with famous actors, reliably garners awards nominations with its prestige projects and throws money at Adam Sandler so he can make absolute turkeys, but the streaming service only debuted its own TV shows and movies seven years ago, with the premiere of Netflix Original House of Cards on 1st February 2013, an innocent time when we didn’t all think Kevin Spacey was an absolute monster. Read More >>

gadgets
How to Back Up All the Devices That You’re Not Backing Up

We hope you’re all diligently backing up your phones and laptops these days, but our lives are filled with so many gadgets and gizmos that it can be easy to lose track of where all your data actually is and what gadgets actually need a regular back up. Here’s a quick check-up for some of the other gadgets you might have in your home, and how to make sure they’re safely backed up. Read More >>

transport
UK Bus Data Finally Opens in 2020

2020 is the year bus data leaves the secret Excel documents of the line managers and enters the public domain, as the government has ordered its Bus Open Data Service service to be in place by the end of the year. Read More >>

politics
Why the UK’s Voting Intentions Were Safe From Google

The day before the election, I had a look to see if Google Trends data provided any opportunities to beat the bookies… or at least skip the need to stay awake past the exit poll. While certain things were quite telling – search on the parties and leaders was much lower than 2017 for one – in all, the conclusion was a resounding: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Read More >>

politics
Nine Things Google Searches Tell Us About the 2019 General Election

The election is now just one day away and while pollsters have been trying hard to fix the problems that failed to spot the winners in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the companies involved reckon they have it licked this time. Read More >>