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I fell for Facebook fake news. Here’s why millions of you did, too. - The Washington Post
On Sept. 17, a few days after it was posted, the video was detected by Facebook’s machine-learning systems, programs that try to automatically detect fake news. The company won’t disclose exactly how those work, but it said the signals include what sorts of comments people leave on posts.

Once detected, Facebook passed the video to its network of independent fact-checkers. After Snopes labeled it as “false,” Facebook made it show up less often in News Feeds.

Why does the fake plane...
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13 hours ago by seatrout
South Korea Is Going Crazy Over a Handful of Refugees
The rise of the politics of hate in South Korea in the past decade illuminates this apparent paradox. As high-speed internet became available in South Korea earlier than in any other country in the world, it experienced the internet’s downsides earlier than elsewhere as well. This included a collection of young men sharing racist and sexist memes in order to spite and hurt others—in a sense, the world’s first alt-right, in that these young men participated in conservative politics for the sake of nihilism and hate. The young and affluent also spend the most time online and thus are the most likely to pick up on the corrosive influence of social media’s racism.
The previous conservative governments—Lee Myung-bak’s and Park Geun-hye’s administrations, which collectively ran from 2008 to 2017—provided material assistance to these young online trolls, turning them into a political force. Under the Lee administration, for example, South Korea’s intelligence agency consulted psychologists to create the most damaging and humiliating edited images of liberal politicians and activists. The spy agency ran a division of agents dedicated to being professional internet trolls, spreading false rumors about liberal celebrities and promoting the insulting memes. The government bankrolled the far-right online media by forcing corporations to buy advertisements on them. The Park government paid conservative civic groups, which would stage massive protests or petition drives with paid participants.
Islam  religion  Race/Immigrants  culture_of_online_life  Adtech  politics 
2 days ago by seatrout
Import AI 116: Why the UK military loves robots for logistics; capture-the-flag for robots; Microsoft bids on $10bn DoD contract as Google withdraws
Google withdraws bid for $10bn Pentagon contract:
Google has withdrawn its bid for the Pentagon’s latest cloud contract, JEDI, citing uncertainty over whether the work would align with its AI principles.
  Read more: Google drops out of Pentagon’s $10bn cloud competition (Bloomberg).
Microsoft employees call for company to not pursue $10bn Pentagon contract:
Following Google's decision to not bid on JEDI, people identifying themselves as employees at Microsoft published an open letter asking the company to follow suit, and remove their own bid on the project. (Microsoft submitted a bit for JEDI following the publication of the letter.)
  Read more: An open letter to Microsoft (Medium).
culture_of_online_life  Adtech  AI  might_write 
3 days ago by seatrout
ChinAI Newsletter #32: Huawei Goes the AI Way
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Welcome to the ChinAI Newsletter!
These are Jeff Ding's weekly translations of writings on AI policy and strategy from Chinese thinkers. I'll also include general links to all things at the intersection of China and AI. Please share the subscription link if you think this stuff is cool. Here's an archive of all past issues. *Subscribers are welcome to share excerpts from these translations as long as my original translation is cited.
I'm a grad student at the University of Oxford where I'm the China lead for the Governance of AI Program, Future of Humanity Institute.
Huawei’s AI Strategy
Two translations on Huawei’s pivot to AI, publicized at its big annual Huawei Connect conference this past week. The first one, leans more toward a press-release, but has some juicy details. Stay with me for the second one though: it’s a thorough examination of Huawei’s prospects in the field of AI+Security, a nice connection to the past couple of issues.
“A huge AI supernova is rapidly evolving,” says this piece from the S&T media publication xinzhiyuan (AI era). Huawei announces two AI chips (Ascend 910, which they claim has the highest density of compute for a single chip, surpassing Google and NVIDIA in that respect, and the Ascend 310). In addition, they want to create a full-stack AI portfolio, planning to launch a unified deep learning open source framework for integrating software and hardware.
Most interesting passage from the piece on commercial samples of Huawei’s new AI chi
culture_of_online_life  Adtech  AI  might_write  nerd 
3 days ago by seatrout
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4 days ago by johnmatthews
Church accused over failure to quiz tech giants
The Church of England has been absent at Amazon and Google annual shareholders’ meetings for at least three years, despite insisting that its investments meant that it was “in the room” to raise concerns over their tax affairs.
The church has defended its multimillion-pound stake in companies with questionable tax arrangements, arguing that it is better to use its influence as a shareholder to demand change rather than to disinvest in protest.
It has now been accused of being “disingenuous” after it emerged that its investment chiefs had attended 24 corporate annual general meetings since 2016 to question oil companies, banks, advertising companies, supermarkets and hotel groups but had not attended any held by Amazon or Google.
Press_Column  Christianity  culture_of_online_life  Adtech 
4 days ago by seatrout
Labour rising star Mohammed Pappu shared antisemitic posts on Facebook
A rising Labour star has been spreading antisemitic conspiracy theories to children in a troubled community where some school pupils have joined Islamic State, The Times can reveal.
Mohammed Pappu, 26, appeared with Jeremy Corbyn at last month’s Labour conference where the leader praised his local party for helping to create a “fair, just and decent society”.
Mr Pappu shared messages on Facebook that accused Britain of attacking Syria “to install a Rothschild bank”. He also shared posts claiming that Israel had staged 9/11, the London bombings and the Paris terrorist attacks.
Press_Column  Islam  religion  Race/Immigrants  culture_of_online_life  Adtech 
7 days ago by seatrout
Bill Text
Existing law regulates various businesses to, among other things, preserve and regulate competition, prohibit unfair trade practices, and regulate advertising.
This bill would, with certain exceptions, make it unlawful for any person to use a bot to communicate or interact with another person in California online with the intent to mislead the other person about its artificial identity for the purpose of knowingly deceiving the person about the content of the communication in order to incentivize a purchase or sale of goods or services in a commercial transaction or to influence a vote in an election. The bill would define various terms for these purposes. The bill would make these provisions operative on July 1, 2019.
culture_of_online_life  ai  adtech  might_write 
11 days ago by seatrout
Twitter
Well that’s new. Video billboard on a boat.
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13 days ago by noahsussman
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BroadSign's Stephanie Gutnik nominated for ExchangeWire's Rising Star Award BroadSign
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16 days ago by johnmatthews
Conflicts of interest
Facebook's head of public policy for SE Asia is also going to be an MP for one of the governments clamping down hardest on it. Facebook declined to make a comment on this ...

(from Buzzfeed)

The...
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16 days ago by seatrout
The Singapore fake news report
Singapore. Two weeks ago, the Select Committee on Deliberate Online Falsehoods released a report that, as expected, recommended new legislation to provide the government with “powers to swiftly disrupt the spread and influence of online falsehoods” and to prevent people from earning money from online falsehoods. It calls for criminal penalties for those who meet a threshold of “serious harm such as election interference, public disorder, and the erosion of trust in public institutions.”

The report also contains many recommendations that have nothing to do with legislation, including calling for increased fact-checking and investigative journalism in the country, and building the digital literacy and critical thinking skills of the population.

Notably, speed was emphasized as a requirement of any new legislation. The committee said it must “achieve the objective of breaking virality [of false content] by being effective in a matter of hours.” This means platforms will need to act quickly, potentially leaving less time for pushback or negotiation with the government body making a takedown or throttling request.
culture_of_online_life  adtech  politics  Leaders  might_write 
16 days ago by seatrout
ImportAI 114: Testing reasoning with HotspotQA; R2D2 uses memory to ace Atari benchmark; Google confirms Chinese 'Dragonfly' project.
Google confirms Project Dragonfly in Senate:
Google have confirmed the existence of Project Dragonfly, an initiative to build a censored search engine within China, as part of Google's broad overture towards the world's second largest economy. Google’s chief privacy officer declined to give any details of the project, and denied the company was close to launching a search engine in the country. A former senior research scientist, who publicly resigned over Dragonfly earlier this month, had written to Senators ahead of the hearings, outlining his concerns with the plans.
  Why it matters: Google is increasingly fighting a battle on two fronts with regards to Dragonfly, with critics concerned about the company’s complicity in censorship and human rights abuses, and others suspicious of Google’s willingness to cooperate with the Chinese government so soon after pulling out of a US defense project (Maven).

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17 days ago by seatrout

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