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A 12-Month Campaign of Fake News to Influence Elections Costs $400,000
A 77-page report released today by cyber-security firm Trend Micro explores the underground landscape of fake news, where anyone can buy influence and create artificial trends to serve personal interests.
An examination of Chinese, Russian, Middle Eastern, and English-based underground fake news marketplaces reveals a wide range of services available on these portals.
The report explores several websites where customers can purchase services ranging from "discrediting journalists" to "promoting street protests," and from "stuffing online polls" to "manipulating a decisive course of action," such as an election.
fake_news  SaaS  security  privacy  politics 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Fake News As A Service (FNaaS?) - $400k To Rig An Election - Darknet
This is pretty interesting, the prices for Fake News as a Service have come out after some research by Trend Micro, imagine that you can create a fake celebrity with 300,000 followers for only $2,600.
Now we all know this Fake News thing has been going on for a while, and of course, if it’s happening, some capitalist genius is going to monetize it and offer it as a professional service.
fake_news  SaaS  security  privacy  politics 
7 days ago by rgl7194
What is Media Literacy? | Media Literacy Project
For centuries, literacy has referred to the ability to read and write. Today, we get most of our information through an interwoven system of media technologies. The ability to read many types of media has become an essential skill in the 21st Century. Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media. Media literacy skills are included in the educational standards of every state—in language arts, social studies, health, science, and other subjects.  Many educators have discovered that media literacy is an effective and engaging way to apply critical thinking skills to a wide range of issues. 
Media Literacy Project’s approach to media literacy education comes from a media justice framework. Media Justice speaks to the need to go beyond creating greater access to the same old media structure. Media Justice takes into account history, culture, privilege, and power. We need new relationships with media and a new vision for its control, access, and structure. Media Justice understands that this will require new policies, new systems that treat our airways and our communities as more than markets.
media_literacy  social_media  education  fake_news  alt_facts  propaganda 
7 days ago by rgl7194
"Most common way that fake news spreads is from laziness" - Aric Toler (Bellingcat)
Do you think facts can defeat propaganda in this so called “post-truth” epoch, when things are said without any and they  influence political decisions and geopolitics. Do journalists need to invent new tools to effectively resist propaganda and fake news?
I don’t think tools are the answer. The most common way that fake news spreads is from laziness. See the recent account published by the New York Times a fake story about the electronic jamming and an American plane over the Black Sea. That would have been stopped by journalists being more responsible and understanding sources. No tool can stop that.
ukraine  russia  fake_news  alt_facts  propaganda 
7 days ago by rgl7194
How media literacy can help students discern fake news | PBS NewsHour
Recognizing bias in news stories is one form of media literacy. Spotting when the news is totally fabricated is something else entirely. How can teachers help students tell fact from media fiction? Educators and media literacy advocates in Washington state are working together with legislators to address the problem. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week reports.
children  education  fake_news  news  bias  podcast  transcript 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Hackers Are Using An Effective Way to Spread Fake News From Verified Accounts
Social media networks are no doubt a quick and powerful way to share information and ideas, but not everything shared on Facebook or Twitter is true.
Misinformation, or "Fake News," has emerged as a primary issue for social media platforms, seeking to influence millions of people with wrong propaganda and falsehoods.
In past years, we have seen how political parties and other groups have used spoofed social media profiles of influencers or leaders to spread misinformation, and most of the time such techniques work to successfully convince people into believing that the information is true.
twitter  hack  security  privacy  fake_news 
12 days ago by rgl7194
Separating Truth from Lies in the Face of Atrocity
This is one of the best reflections on the post-truth turn that I've encountered. It also deals with atrocities, and how best to account for them.
war  atrocities  Vietnam_War  post_truth  fake_news 
15 days ago by micahrobbins
NLPC's False Report Diverts Attention from the Concerns of Real Net Neutrality Supporters | Electronic Frontier Foundation
We learned this Wednesday of a report [PDF] by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) that claimed EFF submitted over 100,000 fake comments to the FCC's net neutrality docket, using fake names, email addresses, and physical addresses. Since we’ve started to get questions about NLPC’s report, we wanted to set the record straight.
NLPC’s report is false. Not one name, email address, or email domain cited in the report matches to any of the comments that came through EFF's comment tool.
EFF  fake_news  politics  gov2.0  net_neutrality  fcc 
18 days ago by rgl7194
Welcome to The Machine: Inside the Secretive World of RT
As RT faces fresh allegations of peddling propaganda, The Moscow Times spoke with insiders to better understand the organization.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looked uncomfortable. During a joint press conference with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron in Versailles—a location chosen to emphasize the dawn of a new era of French-Russian relations—a reporter from Russia’s state-funded news organization RT pitched a hardball question: Why did Macron prevent Russian journalists from taking part in his press pool?
Macron was nonchalant in his response. “Russia Today and [sister publication] Sputnik did not behave as media organizations and journalists,” he said. Rather than act as journalists, the state-funded Russian outlets had acted as “agencies of influence and propaganda, lying propaganda—no more, no less,” during his presidential campaign.
RT has been quick to respond to the allegations. Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan claims the channel was trying to bring “balance” to the French media environment, which was heavily pro-Macron. And Robert Bridge, one of RT’s most recognizable writers, published a piece slamming Macron’s comments as a “severe blow” to journalism.
In fact, Macron’s appraisal of RT is far from unique. It reflects a growing consensus in Western official and academic circles over the nature of the organization and its supposed leading role in supporting “anti-establishment” political discourse.
But just how influential and functional is RT in reality? The Moscow Times took an inside look into the workings of this notoriously secretive organization.
russia  gov2.0  politics  propaganda  fake_news 
20 days ago by rgl7194
A Republican Just Lied About CNN’s Trump-Russia Story. CNN's Response Is Epic
Rep. Jeff Duncan, little-known outside his heavily Republican South Carolina district, just got caught in front of the whole world generating and spreading fake news on his own Facebook page.  He then tried to cover it up when he was called-out for it.
Rep. Duncan penned a post this morning that he thought would be a slam-dunk roast of CNN for a story they broke yesterday revealing that Jeff Sessions failed to disclose meetings with Russian officials on his application for a higher security clearance.
trump  russia  gov2.0  politics  news  fake_news 
29 days ago by rgl7194
Donald’s Myths
This essay argues that the Left should work on constructing the reality it desires rather than fact-checking the Right. This means developing a message people can support.
Donald_Trump  post_truth  fake_news  politics  liberalism  neoliberalism 
4 weeks ago by micahrobbins
The Fallacy of Post-Truth
This essay argues that people are willing to accept lies when they believe the liar has their best interests in mind, and that liberalism is doomed until it understands this.
Donald_Trump  liberalism  neoliberalism  fake_news  politics  post_truth 
4 weeks ago by micahrobbins
A Tale of Two Realities: Watching Fox News During Trump’s Tumultuous Week
Even given the standards of our particular loop around the sun, it has been an eventful 10 days. The president fired the director of the FBI. The president definitely did and then definitely did not do this at the recommendation of the Department of Justice. The president revealed extremely sensitive intelligence to Russian diplomats in the Oval Office a day later. The president, it turns out, asked the FBI director before he was fired to stop investigating the president’s former national security adviser — who, we now know, had warned the administration that he was under federal investigation — over possible ties to Russia. The president suggested he may be taping his conversations with government officials. The press secretary hid in or maybe just among bushes; the phrase “priming the pump” was invented; Watergate was invoked. And finally, on Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
news  fake_news  trump  politics 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194

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