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Google, Facebook and Twitter to Block 'Hash Lists' of Child Abuse

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Web giants Google, Facebook, and Twitter have joined forces with a British charity in a bid to remove millions of indecent child images from the net. In a UK first, anti-abuse organization Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has begun sharing lists of indecent images, identified by unique "hash" codes. Wider use of the photo-tagging system could be a "game changer" in the fight against pedophiles, the charity said.

EU Public Diplomacy Towards Egypt, Arab Spring

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This new article by Marwa Fikry Abdel Samei, Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in Egypt, examines Facebook messages written and disseminated by the European Union to assesses the EU's perception of and position towards Egypt as the Arab Spring unfolded. 

You can’t defeat ISIS with Facebook

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Rarely has amateurism in American foreign policy in the Middle East been as glaring and shocking as it has been in the past year with regard to Washington’s policy toward ISIS. In the United States during the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to follow more closely than usual news, analysis and political discussions about how Washington should respond to the threat of ISIS, and the experience has been frightening.

Hillary Clinton Courts Silicon Valley

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Tech execs paid $245 to hear Hillary Clinton keynote a women’s tech conference in Silicon Valley Tuesday, but Clinton has as much to learn from her audience as they have to gain from her. As the former secretary of state prepares for a second presidential run, she’s hoping Silicon Valley will rub off on her – and fill her campaign coffers.

FB to Host Live Q&A Session With MEA Spokesperson

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As part of its public diplomacy initiative, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs will participate in a live question-answer session on Facebook on India’s external engagements on Tuesday. The 45-minute session will start at 3:30 p.m. during which Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin will answer various questions.

The Pentagon Is Upping Its Social Media Propaganda Game

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The embittered battle against ISIS is making nations rethink how to approach social media as a weapon of war. Early this month, Britain announced its plans to form a battalion of "Facebook Warriors" in effort to battle ISIS's adept skills of recruiting through the platform, and also Twitter, YouTube, and other websites.

The Political Potential of Instagram

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Twitter and Facebook are old news; Instagram is where it's at. And that matters, politically speaking.  While much of the political world and official Washington converses on Twitter and the Obama campaign in 2012 revolutionized how Facebook is used in campaigns, neither is as ascendant as Instagram.

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