Expert doubts tech companies will keep up aggressive stance against misinformation – 20.01
- Several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies following the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, and a research firm found online misinformation about election fraud dropped more than 70% after those suspensions. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports the incoming Biden administration is facing bipartisan calls to expand antitrust enforcement on tech companies. Roger McNamee, author of the New York Times bestseller “Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe,” joins CBSN to discuss.
Leading tech journalist Kara Swisher on how social media can misinform the public – DW, 20.01
- “They look like idiots, but are they? Or are they people that were just incredibly manipulated?” DW’s Washington Bureau Chief Ines Pohl interviews tech journalist Kara Swisher on the riot at the Capitol, social media’s role in it and Donald Trump. Swisher has covered Silicon Valley and the major players that have made the industry as powerful as it is today, with big tech becoming a major influence in today’s political world.
What Europe must learn from Capitol Hill riot – Politico, 20.01
Online disinformation threatens to unravel our democracies. – Jaume Duch Guillot is the European Parliament’s spokesperson and director-general for communication.
Report: “Epidemic of misinformation” is eroding trust in institutions – 13.01
- A new report warns that an “epidemic of misinformation” is eroding people’s trust in institutions. The Edelman Trust Barometer found widespread distrust of journalists, business leaders and government officials around the world.
Irish teenager wins national science award for ‘deepfake’ video detector – 11.01
The internet’s effect on baby boomers – 8.01
- Misinformation has spread like wildfire across the internet, and baby boomers are often the ones sharing fake articles meant to misinform and evoke reactions. Bonnie Kristian, a contributing editor for The Week who explored the phenomenon in “Our parents warned us the internet would break our brains. It broke theirs instead,” discussed what’s driving it with Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers on CBSN.
How conspiracy theories fueled assault on U.S. Capitol – CBS, 7.01.21
- Conspiracy theories have largely dominated the last four years of President Trump’s time in office. The president most recently appeared to incite thousands of backers that support his baseless claims of election interference, and some took their complaints right to Congress by storming the U.S. Capitol building. Dan Romer, the research director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, joined CBSN to discuss.
Media Literacy Standards to Counter Truth Decay – RAND, 01.21
- Truth Decay—the diminishing role that facts, data, and analysis play in political and civic discourse—has in part been fueled by a complex and rapidly evolving media and technology ecosystem. (…) This report, part of the Countering Truth Decay initiative, describes how the authors synthesized myriad existing standards using the lens of Truth Decay—drawing from standards in ML, digital literacy, information literacy, news literacy, social and emotional learning, and other areas—to identify a single, concise set of ML standards.
Countering Truth Decay – A RAND Initiative to Restore the Role of Facts and Analysis in Public Life
Breaking the echo chamber: Divisions, culture wars and how to end them – 24.12
- In France, 28 percent of people get their news from social networks and almost half of under 35s say it’s their main source of information. An information revolution – but there’s a downside to it too. Internet giants like Google and Facebook use algorithms to tailor future results just for you, in line with your past clicks and “likes”. That means we end up trapped in our own personal filter bubbles – with all future results weighted to be in line with what each of us already likes or agrees with.
Countering Chinese disinformation – 17.12
- A timely discussion examining key takeaways about Chinese disinformation efforts from new publications by the Atlantic Council and International Republican Institute.
EU Commission plans sanctions on disinformation – EUObserver, 5.12
- EU’s opportunity to curb online politics ads – EUObserver, 2.12
- Facebook still has a problem with political ads. Now politicians want to solve it – Politico, 30.11
Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It – Scientific American, 1.12
How One Social Media App Is Beating Disinformation – FP, 23.11
Line and the Taiwanese government are working together to check facts. By Elizabeth Lange, Doowan Lee
Taiwan Is Beating Political Disinformation. The West Can Too – FP, 12.11
With money and effort, a shared sense of truth can be reclaimed. By Walter Kerr, Macon Phillips
The United States Isn’t Doomed to Lose the Information Wars – FP, 16.10.20
China and Russia are ramping up their disinformation campaigns in the lead-up to the November vote. It’s time for Washington to fight back. By Doowan Lee
Forget Counterterrorism, the United States Needs a Counter-Disinformation Strategy – FP, 15.10.20
If the U.S. government wants to win the information wars, Cold War-era tactics won’t cut it anymore. By Brian Raymond
EU–US Cooperation on Tackling Disinformation – CH, 3.10
Disinformation, as the latest iteration of propaganda suitable for a digitally interconnected world, shows no signs of abating. This paper provides a holistic overview of the current state of play and outlines how EU and US cooperation can mitigate disinformation in the future.
Ierarhia surselor de dezinformare și valorile neîncrederii – Alina Bârgăoanu, 8.09.20