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On 4 February 2004, a social medium was born that, in just over a decade, has become one of the most revolutionary and successful inventions of the century: Facebook. 12 years later, Facebook has come of age and Mark Zuckerberg, its founder, has enormous aspirations for the network with his new, world-embracing project: Internet.org. Experts from the UOC analyse the past, the present and the ethical quandaries raised by this network's future.

The ruling in the Barbulescu case, the Romanian engineer who was fired for having written personal emails with his corporate mail account during the working day, highlights how in just a short space of time, the use of ICT has wrought huge changes in the organization of companies. The use of social media are just some of the new challenges facing the business organization of the twenty-first century, and with it the workers themselves.

    

UOC leads EU project to authenticate student identity online throughout the e-assessment process

The project called TeSLA, with a length of three years and seven million euros, involves universities, research centres and technology companies from twelve countries. research project TeSLA (Adaptive Trust-based e-assessment System for Learning), which within a few years must enable students to be assessed online at the different learning stages.

Corruption has once again tainted the world of sport. Sports betting has sullied the once impeccable world of professional tennis. The result is that more than a dozen elite players have been accused of being implicated. Yet fining or even arresting these sportspeople is not the solution, "because this kind of action will not eradicate these fraudulent practices," warns Xavier Pastor, Conflict Resolution lecturer at the UOC.

 

Six Catalan universities and business schools, the UOC has met with the management of the Yunus Centre, led by the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus, to create a Social Business Centre in Barcelona, an academic space that will foster social entrepreneurship and innovation to fight youth unemployment in the capital.

 

The Paris attacks have once again put Jihadist terrorism in the centre of world events. And they have shown, once again, that this is a different kind of terror, with certain unique features that make it both unpredictable and brutal. One of the distinctive features of Jihadist organizations identified by the world's top experts and analysts is the use they make of new technologies and the Internet. What strategies do the Jihadists use on the Internet? What networks do they use? How can we detect them? These and many other questions have been asked by Andrs Ortiz. 

 

"Star Wars helped to define the modern family adventure blockbuster, a genre of film produced for the simultaneous consumption of a very diverse audience base," made to appeal to all age groups, especially children and their parents, courtesy of the blend of spectacular action and a highly emotive treatment with regard to family relationships," says Jordi Snchez Navarro, director of the UOC's Faculty of Information and Communication Sciences.

"It has been proven that a message with emoticons means it can be interpreted better," reveals Eullia Hernndez, lecturer in the UOC Faculty of Health Sciences.

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