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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 
july 2018 by barbarafister
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 
february 2018 by barbarafister
Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance Is in the West, Vindicating Snowden
just this month alone, two key members of the Five Eyes alliance have been found by courts and formal investigations to be engaged in mass surveillance that was both illegal and pervasive, as well as, in the case of Canada, abusing surveillance powers to track journalists to uncover their sources. When Snowden first spoke publicly, these were exactly the abuses and crimes he insisted were being committed by the mass surveillance regime these nations had secretly erected and installed, claims that were vehemently denied by the officials in charge of those systems.

Yet with each new investigation and judicial inquiry, and as more evidence is unearthed, Snowden’s core claims are increasingly vindicated. Western officials are indeed addicted to unaccountable, secretive, abusive systems of mass surveillance used against their own citizens and foreigners alike, and the more those systems take root, the more core liberties are eroded.
privacy  surveillance  journalism  radlib 
november 2016 by barbarafister

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