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Month: February 2018

“Precision Propaganda on the Internet”

“Precision Propaganda on the Internet”

It’s not the message, its the medium – duh! The central problem of disinformation corrupting American political culture is not Russian spies or a particular social media platform. The central problem is that the entire industry is built to leverage sophisticated technology to aggregate user attention and sell advertising. There is an alignment of interests between advertisers and the platforms. And disinformation operators are typically indistinguishable from any other advertiser. Any viable policy solutions must start here. Source: Digital Deceit:…

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"Precision Propaganda on the Internet"

"Precision Propaganda on the Internet"

It’s not the message, its the medium – duh! The central problem of disinformation corrupting American political culture is not Russian spies or a particular social media platform. The central problem is that the entire industry is built to leverage sophisticated technology to aggregate user attention and sell advertising. There is an alignment of interests between advertisers and the platforms. And disinformation operators are typically indistinguishable from any other advertiser. Any viable policy solutions must start here. Source: Digital Deceit:…

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Duh: Automated propaganda

Duh: Automated propaganda

This sounds familiar, where have I heard this? 🙂 Experts, however, say what they call “computational propaganda” doesn’t just piggyback on social platforms; it is baked into the DNA and the business model of companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter. And it’s going to take more than an algorithm tweak to get rid of it. Source: Fake news is part of a bigger problem: automated propaganda – Columbia Journalism Review It’s because Internet Research Agency trolls used social media exactly…

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Governments upset that social media is reducing their influence on the world

Governments upset that social media is reducing their influence on the world

Starting to see a trend here: Oppressive governments around the world have realized that social media have become powerful alternative voices to official propaganda, so governments have not stopped looking for ways to combat political and social dissent on those media. Governments persecute dissenting voices either by openly denying access to the Internet and social media or by harassing critics, especially during elections or turbulent events. Source: Game of Trolls: The Sinister Face of Facebook Related: Billionaire upset that social…

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Media upset that social media reduces their influence on the world

Media upset that social media reduces their influence on the world

Okay, whatever: There’s no doubt in my mind that the ones that have been harmed most by it are news organizations, political parties and government. It was pretty clear to me five years ago they had already lost their power. Right now, they’re grappling with the reality of that and trying to understand what that means. The problem is new changes will be upon us, and I’m worried that by the time they come to terms with it, they’ll miss…

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State of Georgia says it will regulate the political speech of Delta Airlines

State of Georgia says it will regulate the political speech of Delta Airlines

Of interest – a government body says it will force compliance with the government’s desired speech by using the tax code against companies that do not comply with the government’s desired political speech: Delta and United over the weekend said they would end airfare discounts for an upcoming NRA conference. Georgia’s Lt. Gov Casey Cagle said he’d ‘kill’ any tax law that benefits Delta unless it reinstates its relationship with NRA. Source: Georgia Lt. Gov: Will ‘kill’ Delta tax break…

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Center for Humane Technology

Center for Humane Technology

The Center for Humane Technology is a world-class team of former tech insiders and CEOs who are advancing thoughtful solutions to change the culture, business incentives, design techniques, and organizational structures driving how technology hijacks our brains. Source: Center for Humane Technology

Is panic breaking out at social media companies?

Is panic breaking out at social media companies?

I logged into Facebook and had a pop up survey from Facebook itself. The survey asked, basically, Is Facebook good for the world? With a ratings scale from strongly agree through strongly disagree. Wow. Keep saying this: It’s not the message, its the medium. What ever happens, social media as we know it is going to change. Whether that means users have to registrar, pay a fee, subject their posts to human and machine-based editorial standards – who knows? What…

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Told you: “Is It Time To Require Identity Verification For Everyone Using Social Media?”

Told you: “Is It Time To Require Identity Verification For Everyone Using Social Media?”

Social media has become weaponized. And, while this weaponization poses serious threats to our country in the long term, the short term threat is to social media itself. …. Some form of identity verification in social media would guarantee that every account is linked to a registered user. Call it a license or a permit or whatever. But each user must register with a real name, a real address, be issued an account number and perhaps a secret code. Not unlike the security…

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