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Tama Leaver

Tama Leaver

Associate Professor in Internet Studies, Curtin University

Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internet Studies at Curtin University, and a researcher working in Curtin’s Centre for Culture and Technology and the Curtin Institute for Computation.

His research interests include social media, online identity, digital death, infancy online and media distribution.

He has published in a number of journals including Social Media + Society, Communication Research and Practice, Information Communication and Society, Popular Communication, Media International Australia, Comparative Literature Studies and the Fibreculture journal.

He is the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012), co-editor (with Mike Kent) of An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World's Largest Social Network (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor (with Michele Willson) of Social, Casual and Mobile Games: The Changing Gaming Landscape (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). He is currently researching the way birth, early life and death are changing in the era of networked digital communications.

Social Media Revolution Series

'Virtual influencers' are here, but should Meta really be setting the ethical ground rules?

Feb 02, 2022 09:29 am UTC| Technology

Earlier this month, Meta announced it is working on a set of ethical guidelines for virtual influencers animated, typically computer-generated, characters designed to attract attention on social media. When Facebook...

Social Media Revolution Series

Instagram can make teens feel bad about their body, but parents can help. Here's how

Sep 24, 2021 01:17 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Last week Facebooks internal research revealed Instagrams toxic effects on some young peoples body image particularly girls. One study by Facebook of teen Instagram users in the US and UK found more than 40% of those...

Facebook is merging Messenger and Instagram chat features. It's for Zuckerberg's benefit, not yours

Oct 05, 2020 13:23 pm UTC| Technology

Facebook Messenger and Instragrams direct messaging services will be integrated into one system, Facebook has announced. The merge will allow shared messaging across both platforms, as well as video calls and the use of...

Social Media Revolution Series

Facebook's accidental 'death' of users reminds us to plan for digital death

Nov 23, 2016 23:23 pm UTC| Technology

The accidental death of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and millions of other Facebook users is a timely reminder of what happens to our online content once we do pass away. Earlier this month, Zuckerbergs Facebook...

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Economy

Coca-Cola teams up with 'Bleach' anime for its new Soul Blast Coke Zero drink.

Coca-Cola has teamed up with the popular Bleach Japanese animation to release its newest addition to its Soul Blast Collection. The new flavor is also being released to celebrate the upcoming premiere of the Bleach:...

Ford Motor to release its last GT supercar model as it ends its production this year.

Ford Motor Company is ending the production of its GT supercar, and to honor the models racing heritage, the automaker is releasing the very last model of the unit. It will be a special limited-edition car that has been...

LG Energy Solution launches KooRoo and AVEL in-house companies to boost its battery innovation biz.

LG Energy Solution revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 5, that it had inaugurated two new companies called AVEL and KooRoo. The company expects that these in-house ventures will give its workers more independence and adaptability...

SPC Group is set to open a new Paris Baguette store as part of its effort for market expansion in Europe.

SPC Group, the South Korean food company that manufactures food, bread and confectionery products, has expanded its business in France by launching another outlet of its Paris Baguette bakery chain. SPC Group will open...

HSBC is reviewing its business in Canada, and the possible 100% sale will mean its total exit from the country.

HSBC or the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited is reportedly mulling on getting rid of its business in Canada by putting it on the market. It is considering the sale as it looking to amplify returns as...

Politics

The additional military assistance package would be drawn from existing US stockpiles.

The United States announced a new package of additional military assistance to Ukraine as it continues its counter-offensive to reclaim partially occupied territories. The new package would include additional High Mobility...

A spokesperson for British PM Liz Truss said the UK will continue to scrap EU-era laws by the end of 2023.

The press secretary for British Prime Minister Liz Truss said Britain is still looking to ditch the laws it has when the country was still part of the European Union by the end of 2023. This follows Trusss remarks at the...

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will still continue as the country's top physician even if he is confirmed to be the US representative to the WHO.

US President Joe Biden is set to nominate Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to become the US representative to the World Health Organizations executive board. Murthys nomination to the WHO executive panel is subject to approval...

The first hearing on Tuesday was chaired by former appeals court judge Baroness Heather Hallett and attended by people who lost loved ones to COVID-19.

The first hearing started this week over the British governments response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials who are conducting the inquiry have also pledged to get to the truth in a process that will not drag on. The...

Science

The NPS has been focusing on anthocyanins, the antioxidant-rich pigments that give blackberries and blueberries their signature shades.

The US Department of Agriculture approved the genetically modified purple tomato to extend its shelf life and boost nutritional quality almost 15 years after its development. According to biochemist Cathie Martin, she...

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

Technology

Niantic says ‘Pokémon Go’ price hike caused by App Store changes will also roll out on Android

Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs reminded players of the upcoming price increases on in-game items in some regions. The changes are caused by recent updates on App Store pricing, but Niantic confirmed the price...

FTC decision on the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger could be released in late November

The United States Federal Trade Commission was one of the first regulators to launch an inquiry on the pending Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger. After months of review, the agency is now expected to release its...

Sony says future PlayStation games could take ‘at least a year’ before they launch on PC

Sony has changed the strategy for its first-party games in recent years by launching them on PC one title at a time. The company is expected to carry on with this approach, but PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst said PC...

CD Projekt announces 'Cyberpunk 2077' sequel, five upcoming 'Witcher' games, and an all-new franchise

Following the recent successes of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt confirmed that the game is getting a sequel known as Orion for now. The company also has major plans for the Witcher franchise that includes a total of five new...
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