Wikipedia is already the world’s ‘Dr Google’ – it’s time for doctors and researchers to make it better


Health professionals have a duty to improve the accuracy of medical entries in Wikipedia, according to a letter published today in Lancet Global Health, because it’s the first port of call for people all over the world seeking medical information.

In our correspondence, a group of international colleagues and I call on medical journals to do more to help experts make Wikipedia more accurate, and for the medical community to make improving its content a top priority.

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Is social media turning people into narcissists?


Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the law.

There has been a massive increase in the use of social media – from being almost non-existent 15 years ago, it now takes up a major part of our lives and our children’s lives.

Facebook, for example, boasts over one billion users per day. This explosion of social media has led to many cultural, social, and economic changes.

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Presidential Avengers: Uncivil War

Huw Parkinson,  video editor on the ABC’s (Australia) political discussion program, Insiders, looks at the looming US presidential election to see who we can turn to in Earth’s darkest hour.

Hacked by your fridge: the Internet of Things could spark a new wave of cyber attacks


The past few weeks have seen a remarkable and somewhat alarming development in cyber security.

It comes in the wake of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that has forced a rethink of how we can deal with attacks of this nature in the future.

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‘Don’t feed the trolls’ really is good advice – here’s the evidence


Almost half the population of the planet now has access to the internet, with about one in three of those people regularly active on social media.

But this increased opportunity to socialise and communicate in a virtual environment has offered new avenues for antisocial behaviour.

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The robots are polarising how we consume news – and that’s how we like it


An article recently published in the American Journal of Political Science claims to have found proof that the internet is fuelling polarisation.

The article uses data from 2004 to 2008 to show those with better internet access consume greater quantities of partisan media, and that greater exposure to biased news sources makes people more hostile to opposing political viewpoints.

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Yes, some Australian private schools are overfunded – here’s why


Education minister Simon Birmingham recently made the claim that some private schools are “overfunded”.

The comment received considerable interest because it opens the possibility that public funding of such schools may decrease.

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