How One of the Internet’s Biggest History Forums Deals With Holocaust Deniers
AskHistorians, where I am one of the volunteer moderators, takes a strict stance on Holocaust denial: We ban it immediately. Deniers need a public forum to spread their lies and to sow doubt among readers not well-informed about history. By convincing people that they might have a point or two, they open the door for further radicalization in pursuit of their ultimate goal: to rehabilitate Nazism
fakenews  moderation  freespeech  intellectualfreedom  radlib 
21 days ago
Why Do People Share Fake News? Alice Marwick
In order to solve the problem of fake news, we need to conceptualize its effects as sociotechnical. Fake news is not simply a problem of pre-existing polarization; it is not simply a problem of online advertising or algorithmic targeting. It is not simply about increased far -
right extremism or the popularity of Fox News. It is not entirely caused by the decline in trust of traditional journalism, nor the move to a social sharing model of news consumption. It is all of these things. And understanding not only why people hare fake news, but how we can mitigate the impacts, requires taking a more holistic approach.
fakenews  journalism  polarization  tech&society  radlib 
22 days ago
Information Operations are a Cybersecurity Problem: Toward a New Strategic Paradigm to Combat Disinformation | Just Security
Narrative solutions to information war — refuting false statements one by one, or trying to counter-propagandize — are ineffective and inefficient in a vast many cases. They’re necessary tools to have and to develop, but we should try to preempt incidents in which they’re ever required. The cybersecurity model — including identifying patterns of infected nodes in the information distribution network, and shutting down or quarantining the infected area — facilitates that ability to preempt.

The online information system itself is under attack; a piecemeal solution doesn’t address a systemic problem...It’s time to move toward establishing the type of partnerships that exist when dealing with infiltration efforts and more traditional cybersecurity risks. It’s critical for individuals, for industry, and for democracy to move toward a new strategic and collaborative paradigm.
security  fakenews  tech&society  radlib 
27 days ago
Want to Understand What Ails the Modern Internet? Look at eBay - The New York Times
“When the biggest platforms seem to be flailing or punting on problems, it’s often because they’re trying to address broad social issues with market solutions”
tech&society  publicgood  socialresponsibility 
7 weeks ago
How Facebook Is Throwing Our Brains Into Overdrive | Pacific Standard
the social network's ubiquity means that virtually every moment of daily human existence is carried out, in some way, immersed in or at least adjacent to Facebook. And that means every moment of daily life is inflected with the same compulsive risky-payoff nexus. This leaves no room for mindfulness or nuance, inflecting daily interactions beyond Facebook with the same fight-or-flight rewards-driven neuroses.
newcourse  Facebook  socialmedia  psychology  NDL301  radlib 
may 2018
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