Twitter deleted 200,000 Russian troll tweets. Read them here.
NBC News is publishing its database of more than 200,000 tweets that Twitter has tied to "malicious activity" from Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
bots  twitter  fakenews 
23 days ago
Sidewalk Labs: Google’s Guinea-Pig City in Toronto - The Atlantic
Instead of asking if this specific plan has promise, it might be better to pose more general questions: Who are cities for, and who gets to decide how they grow? Sidewalk Labs hopes the answer is technology companies. But the city still has a shot at responding to this assumption. The answer might have implications well beyond Toronto—eventually, it might impact cities everywhere.
cities  urbandesign  google  tech&society  smartcities  surveillance  privacy  radlib 
28 days ago
The CivilServant nonprofit organizes citizen behavioral scientists to test ideas for a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. We do that by working directly with online communities to test ideas in moderation and evaluate the impact of the tech industry in our social lives.
radlib  publicgood  tech&society 
5 weeks ago
Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth
Faking News rates the range of fact-checking, algorithmic, educational, and standards-based approaches being taken to counter the proliferation of fake news and sounds a warning bell for tactics that risk suppressing controversial speech, such as giving government new powers to regulate or calling on social media companies to block specific content entirely. Arguing that Facebook, Google, and Twitter—which are many Americans’ primary channels for news consumption—must play a critical and transparent role in curbing the spread of false news, the report spells out a series of specific strategies that center on empowering news consumers with access to fact-checking initiatives and news literacy programs.
fakenews  journalism  socialmedia  PEN  radlib 
5 weeks ago
disinformation campaigns and legitimate advertising campaigns are effectively indistinguishable on leading internet platforms
tech&society  socialmedia  adtech  fakenews  radlib 
5 weeks ago
It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech | WIRED
The most effective forms of censorship today involve meddling with trust and attention, not muzzling speech itself. As a result, they don’t look much like the old forms of censorship at all. They look like viral or coordinated harassment campaigns, which harness the dynamics of viral outrage to impose an unbearable and disproportionate cost on the act of speaking out. They look like epidemics of disinformation, meant to undercut the credibility of valid information sources. They look like bot-fueled campaigns of trolling and distraction, or piecemeal leaks of hacked materials, meant to swamp the attention of traditional media.
fakenews  tech&society  censorship  freespeech  radlib 
7 weeks ago
Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign
Though some warnings about online “echo chambers” have been hyperbolic, tendencies toward selective exposure to politically congenial content are likely to extend to misinformation and to
be exacerbated by social media platforms. We test this prediction using data on the factually dubious articles known as “fake news.” Using unique data combining survey responses with individual-level web trac histories, we estimate that approximately 1 in 4 Americans visited a fake news website from October 7-November 14, 2016. Trump supporters visited the most fake news websites, which were overwhelmingly pro-Trump. However, fake news consumption was
heavily concentrated among a small group — almost 6 in 10 visits to fake news websites came from the 10% of people with the most conservative online information diets. We also find that
Facebook was a key vector of exposure to fake news and that fact-checks of fake news almost never reached its consumers.
fakenews  socialmedia  tech&society 
10 weeks ago
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11 weeks ago
Tech Leaders Dismayed by Weaponization of Social Media
“The first $100,000 spent on Facebook [by the Russians] reached as many people as voted in the election,” Stratford Sherman, co-founder of Accompli, pointed out.

McNamee explained that all the ads had to do was get people to join groups, by playing on their emotions—mostly fear and anger. Once they were into the groups, they could be targeted for free.

“We hardened our financial institutions against hacking,” McNamee said, “but it never occurred to us that the minds of our voters could be hacked; they turned our tools against us.”
fakenews  propaganda  socialmedia  tech&society  radlib 
november 2017
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