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MINORS AND BETS / Minors are prohibited by law from playing the gambling games offered through online betting companies, but a combination of ease of access to this type of game via apps, the anonymity provided by the Internet, and the temptation of instant pay-outs has resulted in 20% of minors trying their luck. UOC Psychology professor, Jos Ramon Ubieto, and Irene Rovira, professor at the UOC's Faculty of Law and Political Science, analyse the problem.

ICT & YOUTH / Ten billion videos are viewed on Snapchat  every single day. This application is now the preferred social media network among teenagers over and above Facebook or Instagram, while it still represents the great unknown for the majority of adults. The reasons: "It is hard to access, not very user-friendly, is quite different in terms of the way it functions and adults find it confusing", explains Mireia Montaa, professor of Communication at the UOC. 

UOC / The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) has produced a map showing the university development cooperation (UDC) projects currently in operation in more than one hundred countries around the world. This tool, has helped detect a total of 119 international cooperation projects; 14 of these projects are being led by the UOC.

The UOC’s PSiNET research group – part of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) – is conducting a study to analyse the social relationships of young people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and the way in which their pain affects their lives. The aim is to create online resources to help them deal with a disease that can involve chronic and recurrent swellings and joint pain. These symptoms disrupt young people’s daily activities and affect their quality of life. This rheumatoid disease is one of the most common chronic conditions, with the first signs typically appearing before the age of 16 and affecting 10 out of every 100,000 children. 

CSR & ENVIRONMENT / What do you know about the clothes you wear, beyond the brand? Does it concern you if the environment is being contaminated in the production process, for example, through the use of toxic dyes? Little by little, there is a growing interest in these issues. In fact, a UOC study on consumer behaviour and fashion concludes that companies which are committed to sustainability, and include it as an environmental social responsibility in their business strategies, achieve higher sales. In fact, the vast majority of consumers surveyed are willing to pay more for an item of sustainable clothing; up to 50% more.

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN BOSCO, SENIOR POLICE OFFICER IN RWANDA, AND UOC STUDENT / John Bosco Rutishisha is a Senior Police Officer in Rwanda National Police. And he is one of the United Nations members who has studied the International Conflictology UOC master from the field, working in conflict zones, mainly developing several humanitarian and peacekeeping missions. He tells as his unique experience.

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