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Brett Kavanaugh and the Problem With #BelieveSurvivors - The Atlantic
It’s important to listen to those who come forward—and also to those accused.
belief  assault  #metoo  accusation 
october 2018 by lgtout
TIDAL accused of deliberately faking Kanye West and Beyoncé streaming numbers • Music Business Worldwide
Tim Ingham:
<p>In March 2016, the firm claimed that Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo, a six-week exclusive on its platform, had been streamed 250m times in just 10 days. At the same time, TIDAL claimed that its platform had surpassed 3m subscribers.

These numbers meant that, on average, every single TIDAL subscriber would have had to be playing the Kanye album over eight times a day.

Similar suspicions were triggered by the success of Beyonce’s record-breaking Lemonade a couple of months later.

TIDAL claimed that Lemonade was streamed 306m times on its platform in its first 15 days post-release. Stats like this led Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv to investigate in January 2017 – and uncover documents which, it said, suggested that TIDAL had been deliberately inflating its subscriber figures.

This report was lend credence by data from trusted music industry research firm Midia in the same month, which estimated that TIDAL’s subscriber base actually only included 1m people worldwide.

Now, DN has run an update – following more than a year of journalistic digging. And it’s an absolute jaw-dropper.

Its central accusation: ‘Beyoncé’s and Kanye West’s listener numbers on TIDAL have been manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays… which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists.’

The newspaper’s investigation was ignited by its receipt of an illicit hard drive, which it says ‘contains ‘billions of rows of [internal TIDAL data]: times and song titles, user IDs and country codes’.

The veracity of the data on this hard drive has been strongly challenged by TIDAL, but according to DN, the numbers match exactly with information received by record labels during the dates in question.</p>

Oh my. Lemonade is amazing, but you need subscribers too.
tidal  accusation  fake  streaming 
may 2018 by charlesarthur
Trolls decided I was taking pictures of Rex Tillerson’s notes. I wasn’t even there. • The Washington Post
Doris Truong was convicted in her absence on Twitter of having been the (also Asian, also female) person who seemed to be taking pictures of Tillerson's notes during a break in his confirmation hearing:
<p>Even more bizarrely, one Twitter user insisted that “facial software on the video” led to the “<a href="">almost positive</a>” conclusion that the woman was me.

But even if people believed that the person at the hearing wasn’t me, they wanted to know who she was. And that’s what’s particularly alarming about this time in our society: Why are people so quick to look for someone to condemn? And during the confusion about the woman’s identity, why is it presumed that she is a journalist? Or that taking pictures of notes in an open hearing is illegal? Or, for that matter, that she was even taking pictures of Tillerson’s notes?</p>

The urge to accuse is extraordinarily strong online. If you renamed Facebook to "Pitchforks" and Twitter to "Flaming Torches" you'd pretty much have it.
twitter  trolls  accusation 
january 2017 by charlesarthur
U.S. government officially accuses Russia of hacking campaign to interfere with elections - The Washington Post
This from govt that hacks Merkel, Rousseff.. Obama accuses Russia of hacking political orgs "to interfere w democratic process"
Q4  2016  russia  obama  accusation  hack  politics  election  email  wikileaks  2ghcj 
october 2016 by csrollyson
Jacob Appelbaum, digital rights activist, leaves Tor amid sexual misconduct allegations •
Jack Smith:
<p>On Thursday, the Tor Project quietly announced the departure of leading digital rights activist Jacob Appelbaum from its board. At first, they didn't say why — now, we know.

On Friday afternoon, members of the cryptography community accused Appelbaum publicly of multiple instances of sexual assault against people in the Tor community, and attributed these accusations to Appelbaum's departure from the Tor Project. 

On Saturday, the Tor Project confirmed in a blog post that complaints of this nature are, in fact, the reason for Appelbaum's departure. Appelbaum is a notorious hacker and activist for digital rights who has worked with both WikiLeaks and the Edward Snowden documents. He is prominent in the cryptography and online activism community, and influential among civil liberties projects and foundations.

"We do not know exactly what happened here," Tor Project executive director Shari Steele wrote. "We don't have all the facts, and we are undertaking several actions to determine them as best as possible. We're also not an investigatory body, and we are uncomfortable making judgments about people's private behaviors."

"That said, after we talked with some of the complainants, and after extensive internal deliberation and discussion," the statement continued, "Jacob stepped down from his position as an employee of the Tor Project."</p>

The accusations made in the article and on Twitter against Appelbaum are very serious; remains to be seen if and where any charges will be laid.
appelbaum  tor  accusation 
june 2016 by charlesarthur

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