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How Russia used social media to divide Americans | US news | The Guardian
Russian trolls and bots focused on controversial topics in an effort to stoke political division on an enormous scale – and it hasn’t stopped, experts say
hacking  politics  facebook  advertising  socialmedia  guardian  russia 
yesterday by jorgebarba
'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technology | The Guardian
“It is not inherently evil to bring people back to your product,” he says. “It’s capitalism.”
technology  guardian  badge  notification  drug  addition 
yesterday by hashier
Matt Damon apologises for diversity in film gaffe | Film | The Guardian
“Many white men are taught to believe that they can tell any story well that they choose to tell. Whiteness, particularly white maleness, is situated as a marker of universality. The experiences of people of colour are marked as too particular to be universal. The idea that our experiences of race and gender shape and inform how we perceive narratives and how we tell stories, makes many, many people uncomfortable.”
diversity  whiteness  ****  film  story  race  gender  guardian 
2 days ago by gpe
The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics | News | The Guardian
In order to tempt nuclear scientists from countries such as Iran or North Korea to defect, US spy agencies routinely send agents to academic conferences – or even host their own fake ones.
cia  fbi  espionage  guardian 
2 days ago by jorgebarba
The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets | News | The Guardian
Expert interrogators know torture doesn’t work – but until now, nobody could prove it. By analysing hundreds of top-secret interviews with terror suspects, two British scientists have revolutionised the art of extracting the truth.
addiction  torture  crime  Psychology  guardian 
3 days ago by jorgebarba

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