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FIRST PERSON: Three crucial areas of ethical research in technology for the digital public square

Nearly every area of our lives has been technicized or digitized in one way or another during the past century. Technology has ushered in innumerable benefits for humanity, which often overshadow some of the damaging effects of these massive shifts in our daily lives. Smartphones have led to a growing culture of digital addictions and isolation, especially among young people. We see this fact clearly in the recent reports of how Facebook — and by extension, all of social media — has become toxic for teenage girls and for the rest of us as well.

EXPLAINER: What’s the problem with China and TikTok?

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Over the last few weeks, there has been a cultural firestorm over the viral video sharing app TikTok and a potential ban in the United States. TikTok’s usage surged during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns with millions of users finding reprieve during this difficult season of isolation and social distancing.

FIRST-PERSON: Coffee & God’s creativity

For Jason Thacker, coffee is more than a pick-me-up drink but a work of art, from its planting to its brewing. And, for a Christian, it's "another good gift from the Father."