rDigital News: Cyber love, Facebook and the end of Silk Road

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This week’s headlines were all about the people and things that are made available to us through technology. Whether it’s cyber love, an online identity, or illicit substances – this week’s news reflected how fast the internet is changing what we expect from each other, and our devices.

Here are is rDigital News from this past week:

What is technology doing to our youth?


This year, more teenagers than ever before reported that they are using social-networking sites and Vanity Fair set out to see how that is changing America’s young boys and girls. In her story “Friends without benefits,” writer Nancy Jo Sales paints a picture of how apps like Grindr, Tinder, and Blender as well as networks like Facebook, Instagram and others are changing gender roles. With the help of teens from across the country, Jo Sales seeks to answer the pointed question: What is this technology doing to America’s young women?

What does your Facebook say about you? 

In a recent study done at the University of Pennsylvania, researched looked at 75,000 Facebook profiles to determine whether the language we use online can be used to accurately determine traits of users. The study used an “open-vocabulary approach” and found that majority of the time, researchers were able to determine a person’s gender and approximate age solely based on their status updates.

For more on the study, check out these links:

The end of Silk Road

Bitcoin (Photo by Zach Copley / Flickr user zcopley)

On Wednesday, US authorities announced that they had made a major drug bust of an online black market of drugs, hitmen, and other illegal substances, known as “Silk Road.” The FBI arrested Ross William Ulbricht, known as the “Dread Pirate Roberts,” in connection with the site which used Bitcoin to protect the identities of its worldwide customer base. Following the shutdown, the value of the digital currency plunged approximately nine per cent.

Learn all about this high-tech takedown and the nefarious world of the online black market here:


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