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Facebook can't save us from fake news - UnFake.us
Facebook can't save us from fake news

Facebook has a fake news problem . Google isn’t doing a good enough job of filtering out fake news from their services. Twitter bots spread fake news. The…
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4 days ago
All Citizens are Bastards — Cultural Anthropology
All Citizens are Bastards — Cultural Anthropology

In April 2014, the websites TechDirt and BoingBoing reported that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had partnered with Citizen Global and Amazon Web…
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7 days ago
Balkinization
Balkinization: We the People, or We the Voters?

We the People, or We the Voters? Joseph Fishkin Our Constitution, as amended, requires that every ten years the federal government reallocate seats in the House…
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8 days ago
The Meteoric Rise of Professor Jordan Peterson | Psychology Today
The Meteoric Rise of Professor Jordan Peterson

Source: Facebook /Fair Use We often hear people say they wish they had the fortune to purchase Microsoft or Apple or Amazon before those companies began their…
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9 days ago
James Damore just filed a class action lawsuit against Google, saying it discriminates against white male conservatives | TechCrunch
James Damore just filed a class action lawsuit against Google, saying it discriminates against white male conservatives

James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired in August after posting a memo to an internal Google message board arguing that women may not be equally…
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9 days ago
How an ex-YouTube insider investigated its secret algorithm | Technology | The Guardian
How an ex-YouTube insider investigated its secret algorithm

YouTube The methodology Guillaume Chaslot used to detect videos YouTube was recommending during the election – and how the Guardian analysed the data Read the…
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9 days ago
Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy - The New York Times
Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy

Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell if a person in a photograph is male or female 99 percent…
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10 days ago
A Code of Ethics for Data Science – dj patil – Medium
A Code of Ethics for Data Science

2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day. It’s created by you when you’re commute to work or school, when you’re shopping, when you get a medical…
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13 days ago
First Amendment on Private Campuses – Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
First Amendment on Private Campuses – Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

I. Introduction If you want to confuse a roomful of law students, teach them First Amendment doctrine. Courts have struggled over the years to develop a…
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13 days ago
The Last Days of Reality
The Last Days of Reality

On 1 May, readers of the Australian woke up to a story that seemed more appropriate for the pages of a dystopian sci-fi novel: ‘Facebook is using sophisticated…
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13 days ago
Lexicon Watch: “Ideological Diversity” - The Ringer
Lexicon Watch: "Ideological Diversity"

(Getty Images/Ringer Illustration) During a town hall event at North Carolina A&T State University this week, a student asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg what…
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13 days ago
NIPS 2017: Policy Field Notes – Tim Hwang – Medium
NIPS 2017: Policy Field Notes

By Tim Hwang and Jack Clark photo courtesy - Markus Wulfmeier NIPS, as per usual, was insane. But, we survived. Following on our policy field notes from NIPS…
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20 days ago
I work for an anti-extremism organisation and this is the difference between neo-Nazi and Islamist propaganda online | The Independent
I work for an anti-extremism organisation and this is the difference between neo-Nazi and Islamist propaganda online
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20 days ago
How China spied on the African Union’s computers | News | Africa | M&G
How China spied on the African Union’s computers

China built and paid for the African Union’s computer network – but inserted a backdoor allowing it access to the continental organisation’s confidential…
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20 days ago
The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google | WIRED
The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google

Fired Google engineer James Damore says he was vilified and harassed for questioning what he calls the company’s liberal political orthodoxy, particularly…
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24 days ago
Artificial Intelligence Is Racist Yet Computer Algorithms Are Deciding Who Goes to Prison
Is AI racist? Researchers question algorithms used in law enforcement decisions

After a protest years ago—fighting casinos ready to prey on poor Philadelphia neighborhoods—I was arrested, along with a handful of pastors and retirees. After…
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26 days ago
New York Times Manage Billing
New York Times Manage Billing

Secure transaction Credit Card Information Card Number Expiration Date / Security Code Billing address Country Address Apartment, Suite or Building (Optional)…
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26 days ago
Why the alt-right is winning America’s meme war – Financial Times – Medium
Why the alt-right is winning America’s meme war

‘The memes are so potent because they are designed to be subversive and to bait their opponents into a reaction’ verbaska_studio/Getty By Gillian Tett Almost a…
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28 days ago
Why Everyone  In NYC Has School Choice…And Why Everyone Doesn’t. - New York School Talk
Why Everyone In NYC Has School Choice…And Why Everyone Doesn’t. - New York School Talk

It’s National School Choice Week , which makes it the perfect time to discuss why everyone in New York City has School Choice. And why everyone doesn’t. In…
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28 days ago
Change My View: Why Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse Is on Reddit | WIRED
Our Best Hope for Civil Discourse on the Internet Is on ... Reddit

I had a view, and my view was this: Serial sexual abusers should submit to castration. Castration, I believed, would sideline the abuser’s compulsions and thus…
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28 days ago
Your job is about to get 'taskified' - LA Times
Your job is about to get 'taskified'

Eric Weiner (Eric Weiner) Forget the rise of robots and the distant threat of automation. The immediate issue is the Uber-izing of human labor, fragmenting of…
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29 days ago
Auditing Algorithms – Adding Accountability to Automated Authority
Auditing Algorithms: Adding Accountability to Automated Authority is a group of events designed to produce a white paper that will help to define and develop the emerging research community for “algorithm auditing.” Algorithmic Auditing is a research design that has shown promise in diagnosing the unwanted consequences of algorithmic systems. Christian Sandvig
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4 weeks ago
Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate - The New York Times
Why Asking About Citizenship Could Make the Census Less Accurate

Advertisement It’s a question that used to be on the national census every decade: whether you were a citizen of the United States. But the Justice Department’s…
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4 weeks ago
Facebook's Adam Mosseri on Why You'll See Less Video, More From Friends | WIRED
Your New Newsfeed: Why Facebook Made Its Latest Changes

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly users. Under…
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4 weeks ago
Trump’s revenge on California: The Census - POLITICO
Trump’s revenge on California: The Census

The policies and politics of President Donald Trump's administration have clouded projections for apportionment of U.S. House seats after the next census. |…
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4 weeks ago
The Network Uber Drivers Built
The Network Uber Drivers Built

Cole* is a part-time Uber driver in Atlanta. On his first week on the job, he finds himself driving a passenger who has clearly had too many drinks. The…
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4 weeks ago
Not Every Kid-Bond Matures | Issue 30 | n+1
Millennial habits so often mocked and belittled in the press are the survival strategies of a demographic “born into captivity.” ... Harris finds the world of childhood increasingly redefined by actuarial caution.
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5 weeks ago
Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms | Social Media Collective
Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms

What do we expect of content moderation? And what do we expect of platforms? There is an undeniable need, now more than ever, to reconsider the public…
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5 weeks ago
The Most Awful Transit Center in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse - Bloomberg
The Most Awful Train Station in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse

To get to New York’s Penn Station, every northbound Amtrak passenger makes the last leg of their journey, through tunnels beneath the Hudson River, in the dark.…
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5 weeks ago
I Helped Create Facebook's Ad Machine. Here's How I'd Fix It | WIRED
I Helped Create Facebook's Ad Machine. Here's How I'd Fix It

This month, two magnificently embarrassing public-relations disasters rocked the Facebook money machine like nothing else in its history. First, Facebook…
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5 weeks ago
Gary Marcus’s Deep Learning Critique Triggers Backlash
Gary Marcus’s Deep Learning Critique Triggers Backlash

It took a mere 72 hours for deep learning researchers to ignite the first AI Twitter debate of 2018. On January 2, NYU Professor and Founder of Uber-owned…
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5 weeks ago
My Internet Mea Culpa by Rick Webb
I’m sorry I was wrong. We all were.* Last night, as I was falling asleep after a lovely Christmas, a thought popped into my head. I was thinking how lovely the…
internet  culture  future 
6 weeks ago
Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger? - The New York Times
Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger?

T he call to Pittsburgh’s hotline for child abuse and neglect came in at 3:50 p.m. on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving 2016. Sitting in one of 12 cubicles, in a…
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6 weeks ago
We Are Running Out of Time to Make Algorithms Fair
Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism? - Issue 55: Trust - Nautilus

W e don’t know what our customers look like,” said Craig Berman, vice president of global communications at Amazon, to Bloomberg News in June 2015. Berman was…
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8 weeks ago
Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls
Internal Emails Show Twitter Struggled To Interpret Its Own Verification Rules While Hunting Trolls

Twitter / John Paczkowski, BuzzFeed News Twitter's January 2016 decision to unverify then-Breitbart Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos ignited a fierce debate among…
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8 weeks ago
New Mexico School Shooter Had Secret Life on Pro-Trump White-Supremacy Sites
New Mexico School Shooter Had Secret Life on Pro-Trump White-Supremacy Sites

exclusive For years before William Edward Atchison killed two students and himself, he lived a shadow life online—one full of crude alt-right memes and praise…
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8 weeks ago
“Making the world more open and connected”: Mark Zuckerberg and the discursive construction of Facebook and its usersNew Media & Society - Anna Lauren Hoffmann, Nicholas Proferes, Michael Zimmer, 2016
The dominance of online social networking sites (SNSs) sparks questions and concerns regarding information privacy, online identity, and the complexities of social life online. Since messages created by a technology’s purveyors can play an influential role in our understanding of a technology, we argue that gaining a complete understanding of the role of social media in contemporary life must include qualitative exploration of how public figures discuss and frame these platforms. Accordingly, this article reports the results of a discourse analysis of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s public language, foregrounding the evolution of his discourse surrounding Facebook’s self-definitions, the construction of user identity, and the relationship between Facebook and its users.
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8 weeks ago
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The Zuckerberg Files: everything the Facebook CEO has said publicly

The Zuckerberg Files: an extensive analysis of everything Mark Zuckerberg has said publicly in his capacity as Facebook’s founder and CEO.Photograph: Lluis…
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8 weeks ago
Bias in Computer Systems by Friedman and Nisssenbaum
From an analysis of actual cases, three categories of bias in computer systems have been developed: preexisting, technical, and emergent. Preexisting bias has its roots in social institutions, practices, and attitudes. Technical bias arises from technical constraints or considerations. Emergent bias arises in a context of use. Although others have pointed to bias in particular computer systems and have noted the general problem, we know of no comparable work that examines this phenomenon comprehensively and which offers a framework for understanding and remedying it. We conclude by suggesting that freedom from bias should be counted among the select set of criteria—including reliability, accuracy, and efficiency—according to which the quality of systems in use in society should be judged.
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9 weeks ago
China’s intrusive, ubiquitous, scary surveillance technology - The Washington Post
Opinion | China’s intrusive, ubiquitous, scary surveillance technology

A worker installs a security camera pointed at a pedestrian walk way in Beijing on Dec. 11. (Ng Han Guan/AP) STEP BY STEP, China has been rolling out…
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9 weeks ago
Cyber Operations Tracker | Council on Foreign Relations Interactives
The Digital and Cyberspace Policy program’s cyber operations tracker is a database of the publicly known state-sponsored incidents that have occurred since 2005. Know of an incident not listed in the tracker? Report it to us.
security  hacking  cybersecurity 
9 weeks ago
Pizzagate: A slice of fake news | Reveal
Pizzagate: A slice of fake news

Reveal transcripts are produced by a third-party transcription service and may contain errors. Please be aware that the official record for Reveal's radio…
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10 weeks ago
Not Every Kid-Bond Matures | Online Only | n+1
Not Every Kid-Bond Matures

On a recent visit to my parents , my mother asked me whether I want to have kids. Being 30 and single, an uncle to a niece and a nephew through both my…
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11 weeks ago
The Nationalist's Delusion - The Atlantic
The Nationalist's Delusion
T HIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why. It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand wizard of…
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11 weeks ago
Can Machine Learning Be Secure?
Machine learning systems offer unparalled flexibility in dealing with evolving input in a variety of applications, such as intrusion detection systems and spam e-mail filtering. However, machine learning algorithms themselves can be a target of attack by a malicious adversary. This paper provides a framework for answering the question, “Can machine learning be secure?” Novel contributions of this paper include a taxonomy of different types of attacks on machine learning techniques and systems, a variety of defenses against those attacks, a discussion of ideas that are important to security for machine learning, an analytical model giving a lower bound on attacker’s work function, and a list of open problems.
machinelearning  security 
12 weeks ago
OFFC | Urban Fictions
A class / workshop that explores the impacts of increasing access to our personal data by taking the participants' own data trails as raw material for observation, analysis and speculation.
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12 weeks ago
Social Networks and Labor Markets: How Strong Ties Relate to Job Finding On Facebook’s Social Network
Social networks are important for finding jobs, but which ties are most useful?
Granovetter (1973) suggested that “weak ties” are more valuable than “strong ties,” since strong ties have redundant information, while weak ties have new information. Using six million Facebook users’ data we find evidence for the opposite. We proxy for job help by identifying people who eventually work with a pre-existing friend. Using objective tie strength measures and our job help proxy, we find that most people are helped through one of their numerous weak ties, but a single stronger tie is significantly more valuable at the margin.
socialnetworks  Facebook  labor 
12 weeks ago
Twitter and White Supremacy, A Love Story | Dame Magazine
Social media is a haven for hate groups, who use the instantaneous medium to organize and troll. So why do the platforms continue to protect them and not those they abuse?
race  socialmedia  hate  manipulation 
12 weeks ago
On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit
Although bullshit is common in everyday life and has attracted attention from philosophers, its reception (critical or ingenuous) has not, to our knowledge, been subject to empirical investigation. Here we focus on pseudo-profound bullshit, which consists of seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true and meaningful but are actually vacuous. We presented participants with bullshit statements consisting of buzzwords randomly organized into statements with syntactic structure but no discernible meaning (e.g., “Wholeness quiets infinite phenomena”). Across multiple studies, the propensity to judge bullshit statements as profound was associated with a variety of conceptually relevant variables (e.g., intuitive cognitive style, supernatural belief). Parallel associations were less evident among profundity judgments for more conventionally profound (e.g., “A wet person does not fear the rain”) or mundane (e.g., “Newborn babies require constant attention”) statements. These results support the idea that some people are more receptive to this type of bullshit and that detecting it is not merely a matter of indiscriminate skepticism but rather a discernment of deceptive vagueness in otherwise impressive sounding claims. Our results also suggest that a bias toward accepting statements as true may be an important component of pseudo-profound bullshit receptivity.
philosophy  deception  manipulation 
november 2017
Reading the news on Trump: Are we empty vessels or active filters? » Nieman Journalism Lab
Reading the news on Trump: Are we empty vessels or active filters?
Strategic, mindful, emotional, and attached: These four features capture the main ways in which a sample of 72 American adults read news stories about President…
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november 2017
The Lost Boys - The Atlantic
The Lost Boys
The sudden emergence of the so-called alt-right from the dark recesses of the internet into the American mainstream was at first more baffling than shocking.…
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november 2017
Andrew Anglin: The Making of an American Nazi - The Atlantic
The Making of an American Nazi
O n December 16, 2016, Tanya Gersh answered her phone and heard gunshots. Startled, she hung up. Gersh, a real-estate agent who lives in Whitefish, Montana,…
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november 2017
Promethea Unbound — The Atavist Magazine
Promethea Unbound
Promethea Unbound A child genius raised in poverty, she wanted to change the world. Then a horrific act of violence nearly destroyed her. One The Atavist…
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november 2017
Do social media threaten democracy? - Scandal, outrage and politics
Do social media threaten democracy?
IN 1962 a British political scientist, Bernard Crick, published “In Defence of Politics”. He argued that the art of political horse-trading, far from being…
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november 2017
Why is anyone listening to Tim O’Reilly? | The Outline
Why is anyone listening to Tim O’Reilly?
WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up To Us , the latest book from the influential conference organizer and Silicon Valley’s go-to technical publisher Tim…
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october 2017
What Facebook Did to American Democracy - The Atlantic
What Facebook Did to American Democracy
Want to receive exclusive insights from The Atlantic—while supporting a sustainable future for independent journalism? Join our new membership program, The…
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october 2017
Is Washington bungling the Census?
Is Washington bungling the Census?
Doug Chayka for POLITICO For more than 200 years, the federal government has regularly taken an immense survey of American business called the Economic Census .…
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october 2017
Monopoly Men | Boston Review
Monopoly Men
Science & Nature Monopoly Men After an eventful summer in Silicon Valley, there is blood in the water. At stake is democracy itself. Oct 11, 2017 14 Min read…
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october 2017
The Big Picture: Trump on Twitter | Public Books
The Big Picture: Trump on Twitter | Public Books
O n its face, Twitter appears to be a quintessentially democratic medium. It promotes individualized expression, helps build social networks, and, until…
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october 2017
Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend - The New York Times
Silicon Valley Is Not Your Friend
By Noam Cohen @noamcohen is the author of “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball,” from which this…
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october 2017
The Unspoken Reason California Wants More Illegal Immigrants
The Unspoken Reason California Wants More Illegal Immigrants
California politicians offered many reasons last week for praising a new law making it a “sanctuary state.” Gov. Jerry Brown, who signed the bill, said that in…
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october 2017
The Yale Law Journal - Forum: Real Talk About Fake News: Towards a Better Theory for Platform Governance
Real Talk About Fake News: Towards a Better Theory for Platform Governance
VOLUME 127 2017-2018 Forum Real Talk About Fake News: Towards a Better Theory for Platform Governance 09 Oct 2017 Nabiha Syed This rupture gives us an excellent…
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october 2017
DeepMind's new AI ethics unit is the company's next big move | WIRED UK
DeepMind's new AI ethics unit is the company's next big move
DrAfter123/iStock A s we hand over more of our lives to artificial intelligence systems, keeping a firm grip on their ethical and societal impact is crucial.…
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october 2017
Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled White Nationalism Into The Mainstream
Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream
In August, after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville ended in murder, Steve Bannon insisted that "there's no room in American society" for neo-Nazis,…
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october 2017
What fake-news readers actually look like - Business Insider
Here's a glimpse at what fake-news readers look like — on the right and the left
version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"? Dragan Radovanovic / Business Insider The Trade Desk , an advertising-technology company, took a dive into the cookie pools of…
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october 2017
I Spent a Week Using Only the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet | WIRED
Tired of the Liberal Agenda Infecting Your Social Media? There's an App For That
Scroll with me here. Somebody named BeatlesBaby makes “a very badass chicken curry.” Look, there’s a nice sepia-tinted pencil drawing of Ned Stark from Game of…
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october 2017
Rebekah Mercer Is Leading an Army of Alt-Right Women | Dame Magazine
Rebekah Mercer Is Leading an Army of Alt-Right Women
The images of the tiki-torch-carrying men who rallied in Charlottesville leave the impression that white supremacy is made up exclusively of angry, young, white…
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october 2017
The New Infrastructure of Inequality – ADJACENT
The New Infrastructure of Inequality – ADJACENT
You can’t fight injustice if you can’t see it. In today’s digital world, social, economic, and racial injustice is hidden in new ways, shrouded in proprietary…
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october 2017
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