Shift: Living in the Digital Age

What’s up on the Internet – what’s important, what’s causing fun and excitement? All is revealed in Shift – Living in the Digital Age, a weekly DW magazine showcasing the latest Internet news. It’s entertaining, it’s well-informed, it’s opinionated.

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What’s up on the Internet – what’s important, what’s causing fun and excitement? All is revealed in Shift – Living in the Digital Age, a weekly DW magazine showcasing the latest Internet news. It’s entertaining, it’s well-informed, it’s opinionated.
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Do ethics and algorithms go together?

IT specialists are called upon to program ethical standards into algorithms. That's what Lorena Jaume-Palasí is campaigning for with her organization The Ethical Tech Society.
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Why does YouTube favor extreme videos?

YouTube's algorithm goes by watch times and reactions, not quality. Extreme videos lure users into staying on the site longer, exposed to more advertising. Ex-YouTube worker Guillaume Chaslot calls for a new approach.
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How much online criticism does China allow?

Online political discussions are possible in China. But only up to a point. The moment criticism targets an individual politician, or could potentially trigger a mass movement, authorities step in.
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How does the great firewall of China work?

China's internet is only connected to the worldwide web through a few servers, which are closely monitored by the state. And Chinese platforms scrutinize uploaded content in real time.
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Security for E-Wallets: a Comparison

How secure are e-wallets compared to online banking or credit cards? Which is better? Cash or mobile payment systems? Julie Maupin, an expert on e-wallets and crypto-currencies provides answers in a Shift Comparison.
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Big Data in medicine

Doctors at Berlin's Charité University Hospital utilize big data both to diagnose and to treat diseases. They feed tumor markers into a global data bank, and compile recommendations for therapy.
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Five ways to help protect

Streaming videos online or buying a DVD. Hard copy or the cloud. Paper book or ebook. Which is better for the environment: the digital or the offline option? Environmental economist Steffen Lange has the answers.
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3D printing: opportunities and risks

Printing your own spare parts instead of throwing things away - 3D printing is sustainable. However, weapons can also easily be made at home - a dangerous aspect of 3D printing. Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
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How do 3D printers work?

3D printers can use two very different techniques. However, they have one thing in common: The material used in the printer must be liquifiable. Nozzles then apply the liquid one tiny layer at a time.
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A Digital Alter Ego at a Click

The academic-turned-businesswoman Veronica Orvalho has created software called My Didimo that enables anyone to create an avatar that can speak and move in a virtual world at a click and in just a few seconds.
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Love in the Age of Trump

Political views are playing an increasingly important part in selecting a partner. The US now even has dating sites aimed exclusively at affiliates of a certain party or conviction.
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Programming for girls in Cape Town

Baratang Miya of South Africa teaches girls coding through her Girlhype initiative. She hopes to bring more South African women into tech occupations and give them a chance at a better future.
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Avatar as digital twin

From university lecturer to successful entrepreneur: Portugal-based Veronica Orvalho has developed software that can create a 3D personal avatar using a smart phone scan almost instantly. Her start-up Didimo is a hit.
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Diet Prada reveals plagiarism in the fashion industry

The duo behind the Diet Prada Instagram account dedicate their time to exposing the fashion industry’s copycat culture. And now, they have even launched their own ironic accessory collection.
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Inevitable: How to deal with trolls?

Trolls take over online discourse and are out to offend, often making life miserable for other users. SHIFT shows how to deal with them.
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Berlin’s female tech pioneers

On average, a new start-up is founded in Berlin every 20 hours – mostly by men. But there are many female entrepreneurs in Germany’s tech capital, too. SHIFT profiles three of them.
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Bookstagrammer James Trevino

On his Instagram account, 24-year-old James Trevino of Romania explores how visually powerful good literature can be: he creates bizarrely imaginative sculptures with his 1150 books.
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Ordering home-cooked food via app

Tabassom Latifi's MamanPaz app lets Iranians order traditional home-cooked fare. The food is prepared by Iranian women and then delivered.
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Networker Mihkel Jäätma: Reading emotions

Emotion analyst Mihkel Jäätma uses artificial intelligence to decode human emotions from facial expressions. His London firm Realeyes analyzes reactions to ads.
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DW language courses

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle offers free German langue courses online for beginner, intermediate and advanced leaners. Brush up your German language skills with videos and podcasts.
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A game designer from Syria

Abdullah Karam was forced to flee from Syria. The computer game ‘Path Out’ lets players experience his ordeal.
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Innovative Technology: The Political Satire "Zapovednik"

DW presents its new satire show. Here, you’ll meet Angela Merkel, Donald Trump or even Vladimir Putin. How? They were animated using a 3D game engine.
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Fighting Hunger One App at a Time: Markus Matiaschek

IT consultant Markus Matiaschek developed an app to help prevent the malnutrition in children living in poverty. “Child Growth Monitor” can detect symptoms with a smartphone.
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Favorite footballers on Instagram

The FIFA football World Cup is still underway but DW already has a few winners picked out. Which footballers are favorites on Instagram?
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Pre-Programmed: How to deal with trolls?

Trolls take over online discourse and are out to offend, often making life miserable for other users. DW shows how to deal with them.
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AirBnB for Musicians

When they move to new cities, musicians often have a hard time finding rooms to rehearse. Now, the Music Traveler app helps them rent space, and even offers instruments.
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What’s real and what’s not?

Technology has made it increasingly easy to create fake videos. But that doesn’t stop social media from sharing sensational clips before verifying the content. How can you tell what’s real and what’s not?
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The role of bots in internet hypes

Trending topics garner plenty of likes, comments and shares on social media. They appear on our timelines thanks to special algorithms. But often, they’re the result of social media bot manipulation.
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How to spot fake news

A lot of people get news via social media. Online disinformation is therefore a powerful weapon for propaganda. But how can you tell whether a post is fake news?
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Preprogrammed: How to Spot Fake Photos

Every day, countless pictures are poured onto the internet. The user has no way to know where they came from or if they’ve been digitally altered. How can we tell if a photo is a genuine?
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Hidden code: Algorithms in social networks

Every user of social networks sees content custom-tailored for him or her. But who decides what will be interesting to whom? DW explains how the algorithms on social networks do their job.
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Manipulative social bots

We’re being manipulated on the internet without our knowledge. Social bots have begun plaguing social networks. Here are five tips to help spot suspicious accounts.
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Games: Art or time wasters?

Games have been described as total works of art in the vein of German composer Richard Wagner – the perfect combination of different art forms. But some say they do not constitute any form of art.
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Decoding hieroglyphs with AI

Egyptologists and game developers are using artificial intelligence to try to de-code these ancient symbols. This research project, sponsored by Ubisoft and Google, is based on machine learning.
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Database of sex offenders

The Polish government has made a database of sex offenders accessible online. Convicted offenders are listed, with photos and places of residence, for anyone to find. It’s meant to help keep closer tabs on criminals.
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"Testing 3 apps": Necktie Apps

It's a problem many men have: how to get a perfect knot? Three apps that show you how to tie a necktie perfectly: the Apps "TieCam", "How to tie a tie" and "Krawatte binden" are here to help.
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Test of meditation apps

What meditation apps are best for helping people relax? We test three of them, listing their advantages and disadvantages and picking our favorite.Countless meditation apps offer instructions and exercises to help you relax. Shift tested three apps - Z...
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Optical illusions on Instagram

The artist draws everyday items – from chocolate bars to perfume bottles – and always presents the image alongside the genuine object. The result: Original and illustration look identical. Howard Lee asks "What is real and what is fake?" – and he answe...
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Digitaler consumer protection

International studies show that ordinary citizens are concerned about data protection and security online. Now consumers' associations are calling for international online rights as a basis for secure digital parameters.
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Social Activism on the Internet

With Hamburg hosting world leaders for the G20 summit, the Global Citizen Festival is fielding music stars. Most of the tickets are raffled off to netizens who take action on social causes.
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An app for perfect pictures

You need more than a good camera to take a perfect picture. A new app called Arsenal uses algorithms to help amateur photographers to chose the right settings.
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Test riding smart bikes

More and more bicycle makers are experimenting with digital networking. The options for smart bikes range from cellular tracking chips to smart rider's assistance apps. But how much can they really do?
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The joy of destruction on YouTube

A Finnish man on YouTube crushes everything from smartphones to bowling balls. Their videos on "Hydraulic Press Channel" have so far garnered over 180 million views.
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The big YouTuber Bash: VidCon in Amsterdam

This is the first time the world's biggest online video convention will be held in Europe. It's an opportunity for YouTubers and web video makers from around the world to get together.
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