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France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

France vs. fake news offers test case for democratic dilemma

Technology
Can a democratic country outlaw fake news? France is about to find out, after President Emmanuel Macron ordered a law to quash false information disseminated around electoral campaigns. Criticism is pouring in from media advocates, tech experts — and Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT. They say the law smacks of authoritarianism, would be impossible to enforce and is sure to backfire. Macron's stance "could be just the beginning of actually censoring freedom of speech. We believe it is a very dangerous situation," Xenia Fedorova, director of RT's newly launched French-language channel, told The Associated Press. Yet in a world where a falsehood can reach billions instantaneously and political manipulation is increasingly sophisticated, Macron argues something must be done. A congressional repo
Arsenal FC news: Arsene Wenger confirms Alex Iwobi to be fined for 'unacceptable' behaviour

Arsenal FC news: Arsene Wenger confirms Alex Iwobi to be fined for 'unacceptable' behaviour

Sports
Alex Iwobi Tuesday, January 9, 2018Alex Iwobi will be fined by Arsenal after partying until the early hours of Saturday morning ahead of Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Nottingham Forest, boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The 21-year-old forward was filmed dancing in central London at 2.37am on Saturday in a video uploaded to Snapchat, according to The Sun.He then played 90 minutes at the City Ground as the holders crashed out, going down 4-2 to Championship side Forest.Wenger said: "That is true. He will be fined. It is impossible to go out 48 hours before a game. It is unacceptable."Iwobi was reported to have attended a party that included people smoking cannabis and inhaling laughing gas.But Wenger said his player was not involved in either taking drugs or drinking alcohol."First of all ...
Transfer news live: Latest rumours and done deals from January 2018 window

Transfer news live: Latest rumours and done deals from January 2018 window

Sports
January 2018 transfer window live blog - latest rumours and done dealsMonday, January 8, 2018The January transfer window is open, and some big money deals have already been completed.Virgil van Dijk has moved from Southampton to Liverpool for £75m - making him the most expensive defender ever - while the Reds have sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.But what are the latest rumours and done deals on Monday, January 8?Follow talkSPORT's live transfer blog, below, to see all the news you need to know...Let's block ads! (Why?)
A science news preview of 2018

A science news preview of 2018

Science
From next steps in the commercial space revolution to a rocket-powered supercar, there's much to look forward to in 2018.BBC News looks ahead to some of the biggest science and environment stories coming this year.World in motion2018 will see a raft of space missions that highlight the international nature of present-day space exploration. First up is Chandrayaan 2, India's follow-up to its groundbreaking lunar mission launched in 2008.While its predecessor was an orbiter, Chandrayaan 2 will comprise an orbiter, lander and rover developed by the country's space agency, ISRO. The mission is currently slated to launch on a GSLV rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh around March.In May, Nasa will launch its Insight spacecraft to Mars. Insight will use a sophisticated suite ...
Tech 2017: BBC News Online's biggest technology stories

Tech 2017: BBC News Online's biggest technology stories

Technology
For many, 2017 will be defined by fake news and the fight-back against it. Others will point to the blog that uncovered sexism and sexual harassment at Uber, helping force the resignation of the ride-hailing firm's founder and paving the way for other controversies to be uncovered.Gamers may prefer instead to celebrate Nintendo's revival thanks to its Switch console, and motorists to highlight Elon Musk's desire to electrify the trucking industry.But you, BBC Tech's readers, focused your attention elsewhere - at least as far as our figures on what you clicked on suggest.Below are the stories you made most popular for each month of the year.January: Undesired dimensionThe quiet death of 3D TV was the first of the year's big stories. When Sony and LG unveiled their new television ranges at t...