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From the desk of Nathalie Nahai

‘‘Happiness is when what you think, what you say,
and what you do are in harmony”

― Mahatma Gandhi



Dear There,

I hope you've had a bright start to 2018! 

I've been holding off on writing this year's first newsletter because I wasn't sure where to kick off...

But in the last week or so, having been asked to get involved in a CNN interview (out February) and a Guardian event (news to come...) exploring ethics and responsibility in biometrics and the media, I thought this might be a good place to start.

If you've been following the trends on fake news, social media manipulation and data privacy, you'll know that they've been garnering a lot of attention in the press this month.

From the results of a massive study (1 million US students) showing the damaging effects of too much screentime, to a provocative UK survey revealing that 1/4 Brits no longer trust social media for news, it seems as though we're wising up to the ways in which technology can influence our behaviours, and we're joining the conversation about what this means for our lives and our future.

With the GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation) set to make big changes in data privacy regulation on the 25th May, I suspect that 2018 will mark a significant turning point not only for tech companies, but also for publishers, content creators and users alike.

With more of us actively engaging in the question of how our technology is impacting us, and what we can do about it, in this month's TOP 5 I've linked to some of the most illuminating, provocative and insightful pieces I've found that explore these themes.

I hope you enjoy them!


Nathalie Nahai - The Web Psychologist Ltd. 


Jan 23 - Acuity Insurance (Wisconsin)
Feb 11 - PACnet’18 International (California)
Apr 18 - Super Content Marketing (Stockholm)
Apr 19 - Dotmailer Summit (London)

See full list of events here


1. Only one in four trust social media, says survey - BBC
The annual Edelman Trust Barometer's survey found two-thirds of Britons believe platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to prevent illegal and unethical behaviour, including cyber-bullying and extremism...

2. What might explain the unhappiness epidemic? - The Conversation
In a new analysis of 1 million U.S. teens, my co-authors and I looked at how teens were spending their free time and which activities correlated with happiness, and which didn’t. We wanted to see if changes in the way teens spend their free time might partially explain a startling drop in teens’ happiness after 2012...

3. Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can't you put it down? - The Globe and Mail
A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds...

4. When it comes to voice identification, the 'NSA reigns supreme' - Intercept
A classified NSA memo from January 2006 describes NSA analysts using a “technology that identifies people by the sound of their voices”... These and other classified documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA has developed technology not just to record and transcribe private conversations but to automatically identify the speakers....

5. ‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media - Guardian
Developers of platforms such as Facebook have admitted that they were designed to be addictive. Should we be following the executives’ example and going cold turkey – and is it even possible for mere mortals?...

PSIf you'd like me to come and deliver a talk or run a workshop for your business, just ping me an email and I'd be happy to chat further.

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