Could Trump’s vague plan to expand rural broadband actually work? It’s hard to tell

June 25, 2017

A sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hangs on a farming tractor near a polling station in Cave Creek, Arizona. (Photo by )Image: Ralph Freso/Getty Images If you live in the country, there’s a good chance you don’t have broadband-speed internet. Only one in ten Americans lack access to a connection that meets the government’s new standard for the designation, but more than two thirds of them…

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Five ways politicians can win over young voters – BBC News

June 25, 2017

And what’s more, this section of the electorate is now “anyone’s to play for”, Caroline Macfarland, director of think tank Common Vision, says. Breaking down the boundaries to politicians Image copyright Reuters “These are people who aren’t concerned with immigration, but are worried about the environment,” says Dr Sloam. “The environment wasn’t even an issue in this election. Here, young people can have more influence in the debate.” Dr Avril…

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom – BBC News

June 22, 2017

In 2015 one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as 3.6bn. But there is little doubt it has grown significantly over the past decade. Focus on body image The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance, the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or…

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General election 2017: Why people voted the way they did – BBC News

June 20, 2017

Image copyright AFP Despite the apparent increases in turnout among young people, Ipsos Mori and YouGov both agreed that older people were still considerably more likely to vote. YouGov estimated the turnout among over 70s at 84%. Another dividing line: Education A university education looks like an indicator as to how someone might have voted on 8 June. “While the Conservatives’ support decreases the more educated a voter is, the…

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a…

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General election 2017: What caused Labour’s youth vote surge? – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Labour’s adverts had consistently been shared more widely by social media users, he said. Part of this appears to be down to the difference in tone of the adverts. While the Conservatives had almost entirely focused their adverts on the strength of Prime Minister Theresa May and the weakness of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s social media adverts had been more positive, seeking to emphasise that the party was building…

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This chatbot took over Tinder to engage with young UK voters

June 10, 2017

Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Our Tinder profiles are sacred vaults of private and sometimes lascivious conversations. But, scores of young people did something many of us would deem unthinkable they handed over their Tinder profiles to a chatbot during the UK general election in order to encourage young people to vote tactically for Labour in swing constituencies. SEE ALSO: UK’s chaotic general election was a historic moment for women The…

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Hot music video will make you want to dance and ignore rampant corruption in the Russian government

May 31, 2017

Kleptocracy is lit AF. Political opposition? Lame, according to Russian pop singer Alisa Voxwho, according to a source who talked to Russian news site Meduza, was paid $35,000 by the Kremlin for her new music video. SEE ALSO: France dislikes Trump even more than Putin, so that’s reassuring The song is called “Baby Boy,” and it’s all about the joys of not protesting. Here’s a sample of the lyrics, as…

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Who is Leanne Wood? A profile of the Plaid Cymru leader – BBC News

May 29, 2017

Born in 1971 to parents Jeff and Avril, she and her sister Joanna were raised in the village of Penygraig. Image caption Described as very clever by school friends, Leanne Wood became interested in political issues around the time of the miners’ strike in 1984-85 She has recalled how her father was laid off from the builders’ yard where he worked, and talked about the experience of joining a separate…

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Has the North East forgotten Margaret Thatcher? – BBC News

May 21, 2017

The name doesn’t seem to mean much to them. It would have been a different story 36 years ago, when the Thatcher government closed Consett’s steel works, with the loss of 3,700 jobs. The devastation inflicted on this remote town high on the edge of the Pennines, where unemployment soared to 36%, made the national news and became a symbol of the harsh medicine the Thatcher government thought it had…

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Snapchat lands TV network’s attention at this year’s Upfronts

May 21, 2017

Image: snapchat screenshots NBC has a dominant run of broadcast events coming up: the World Cup, the Winter Olympics, and the Super Bowl. And yet, the media giant spent most of its yearly advertiser lovefest either downplaying the importance of social media giantsor announcing partnerships with them. SEE ALSO: Snapchat says it’s a camera company with more TV-like content to come This year’s Upfront presentations, where networks attempt to surprise…

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Instagram ‘worst for young mental health’ – BBC News

May 19, 2017

The RSPH report warns that “social media may be fuelling a mental health crisis” in young people. It can also be used as a tool for good, the report said, and companies should be doing their best to make platforms a safe place to be. About 90% of young people use social media – more than any other age group – so they are particularly vulnerable to its effects, although…

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General election 2017: Too young to vote, but still campaigning – BBC News

May 16, 2017

Hani is 16 years old and a passionate Tory supporter. Despite being too young to vote in next month’s general election, he is still determined to make his mark. “I think Theresa May relates to people like me and that’s why she would be such a good prime minister,” he tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Hani chose to join the Conservatives after studying the different parties’ manifestos during the…

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We should have listened to the broken teenagers – BBC News

May 16, 2017

Image copyright BBC Sport Image caption Maggie Oliver when she was a serving officer with Greater Manchester Police It wasn’t long before I was working on rapes, domestic abuse and child protection jobs – the kind of cases that other officers working in Moss Side generally didn’t want to do. And I was good at them. But if you won the trust of vulnerable girls who’d been through hell, you…

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