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Source: Fox News

After Florida school massacre, what about regulating social media companies to keep us safe?

Today 08:06 GMT

The 19-year-old who has confessed to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida – posted disturbing material on social media before his attack, authorities said.

However, because social media have played a significant role in recent attacks that threaten our homeland security interests, it is now time for Congress to act and regulate social media companies. Considering that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some level of mental illness, it would be difficult for anyone to monitor and intervene in problematic behaviors that could lead to violence.

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Source: Washington Post

School boards increasingly embrace the ABCs of social activism

Today 03:19 GMT

Thomas Alsbury, a professor at Northwest University in Washington state, said that of the nation’s roughly 13,500 school districts, about 250 are larger, urban school systems where officials have increasingly issued declarations on social issues.

“We are reminded,” the school board wrote, “about the importance of not measuring individuals or groups of people by their color, gender, religion, disability or nationality but instead by the content of their character.”

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Source: Washington Post

Florida social services investigated alleged school shooter Nikolas Cruz before rampage, knew he wanted to buy gun

Sunday 23:40 GMT

Florida’s state social services agency investigated Nikolas Cruz’s home life more than a year before police say he killed 17 people at his former high school, closing the inquiry after determining that his “final level of risk is low,” despite learning that the teenager had behavioral struggles and was planning to buy a gun, according to an investigative report.

The state social services probe was the latest in a series of revelations about how Cruz’s pattern of worrisome — and sometimes violent — behavior had prompted concerns and had come to the attention of authorities in the past few years, including school officials, state social services officials and federal law enforcement authorities.

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Source: New York Times

Still Talking After All These Years

Sunday 14:30 GMT

The American Psychoanalytic Association (known as APsaA), which was founded 107 years ago, reports that the number of candidates in psychoanalytic training at its institutes is up slightly from 5 years ago, from 794 to 827.

A traditional course of psychoanalytic treatment still means seeing a therapist several times a week for years or even decades — and yes, there are still couches. “The paradox is that in this chaotic society,” Dr. Wolfe said, “psychoanalysis has never been needed so much.”

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Source: New York Times

The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.

Sunday 14:30 GMT

The brash, ambitious founders of WeWork, a global network of shared office spaces, want nothing less than to transform the way we work, live and play.

Because WeWork is building out so much space and buying so much furniture, Mr. Neumann says, he can renovate and operate an office for a fraction of the cost that companies would normally spend. Gripes about grooming are unlikely to slow down WeWork’s business with corporate clients, especially if Mr. Neumann makes good on his promise to save them money.

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Source: New York Times

Ruud Lubbers, Former Dutch Prime Minister, Is Dead at 78

Friday 21:53 GMT

Ruud Lubbers, the youngest and longest-serving prime minister of the Netherlands, who helped lay the groundwork for the European Union and revive the Dutch economy, died on Wednesday in Rotterdam.

After serving as prime minister from 1982, when he was only 43, until 1994, Mr. Lubbers (pronounced LEW-burs) lost bids for his two dream positions: secretary general of NATO and director general of the European Commission.

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Source: NBC News

Screams and gunshots: Snapchat and smartphones have changed what the public sees and hears during school shootings

Friday 18:12 GMT

Scenes from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were viewed by millions of people almost live on Wednesday, with gunshots and screams recorded for everyone on the internet to see and hear.

For a country in which school shootings have become a regular occurence, the social media videos provided an important vantage point that isn’t otherwise available, said Alfred Hermida, director of the graduate school of journalism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

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Source: Washington Post

Should teachers, doctors and social workers face jail time for failing to report child abuse?

Saturday 16:21 GMT

The General Assembly is now considering whether mandatory reporters — health practitioners, police officers, educators and human service workers — should face a misdemeanor charge and up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine for failing to report child abuse if they have “actual knowledge” that it has occurred.

A judge last year sentenced Deonte Carraway, an aide who molested more than 20 students at a Maryland elementary school, to 100 years in prison on 23 counts of child sex abuse and pornography.

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Source: DW

Does technology threaten democracy?

Saturday 21:51 GMT

The technology not only threatens repressive governments, but also Western democracies — a fact laid bare by alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

While technologies capable of undermining democracy or threatening government stability dominated the discussion, panelists also touched on how artificial intelligence posed one of the greatest technological challenges. Armed forces have recently focused on developing cyber warfare capabilities to defend national infrastructure and attack foreign adversaries in cyberspace.

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Source: The Guradian

'Moneysupermarket for mental health': could the future of treatment be digital?

Friday 12:47 GMT

Some do not seem terribly original: you wonder, for example, whether a world that already has a proliferation of mental health apps such as headspace and woebot needs any more or whether shattered minds in need of rest really need more digital stimulus.

Other ideas include proposals for improving maternal mental health, revamping social care and getting people active, as well as various “digital assistants” to help prevent burnout, manage money or plan retirement.

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Source: Washington Post

For Olympians in the quadrennial spotlight, social media can be an extreme sport

Sunday 00:36 GMT

Lindsey Jacobellis still doesn’t have an Olympic gold medal, placing fourth in snowboard cross. In what is probably his final Olympic skeleton run, John Daly comes in 16th yet satisfied

During a 2½ -week stretch every four years, they’re prime-time television stars — with the accompanying adulation and inevitable haters on social media. While the criticism mostly comes from anonymous screen names, athletes say they’ve had to develop techniques and strategies to process negativity and not allow trolls to knock them off their game, in or out of competition.

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Source: Common Domain

10 steps schools, parents and communities can take now to prevent more school shootings

Saturday 16:21 GMT

This was first published by The Conversation — “10 ways schools, parents and communities can prevent school shootings now.”

After a shooter killed 17 people at a Florida high school, many have expressed frustration at the political hand-wringing over gun control and calls for prayer. As a parent, I understand the desire for practical responses to school shootings.

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Source: NBC News

Russian trolls flood Twitter after Parkland shooting

Friday 21:52 GMT

Social media companies including Twitter, Facebook and Google have faced rebuke and testified in hearings about how Russian trolls and other malicious actors exploit their platforms to spread political disinformation and profit from partisan hoaxes.

Recently the social media giant has said it will "continue to strengthen our fight against malicious automation and coordinated efforts to manipulate the Twitter platform."


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