Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Census and Lack of trust: The dark side of social media

INK BOTTLEIn life, there are only two things to worry about—
Either you are well or you are sick.

If you are well, there is nothing to worry about,

But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about—
Either you will get well or you will die.
If you get well, there is nothing to worry about,
But if you die, there are only two things to worry about—
Either you will go to heaven or hell.

If you go to heaven, there is nothing to worry about.

And if you go to hell, you’ll be so busy shaking hands with all your friends
You won’t have time to worry!

“The test of an adventure is that when you’re in the middle of it, you say to yourself, ‘Oh, now I’ve got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home.’ And the sign that something’s wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure.”
~ Thornton Wilder, The Matchmaker

Census 2016: 'It's a place to live my life', says face of a fast-changing ...

She, like hundreds of thousands of others, has been carried on a global tide of migration that is swelling our cities and towns.

Australian census map: the results, region by region – interactive

Census 2016 results are out, but can we trust the data?

But this census was dogged by an online debacle that embarrassed the government, inconvenienced millions of Australians and even earned ...

MEdia Dragons at Google Compiled Census Australia MMXVI AD

You may run security software, encrypt everything, protect your very complex passwords and use two-factor authentication for everything, but the humble mailbox and the snail mail it contains can still see your identity stolen.
So say Police in the Australian State of New South Wales, where Fraud and Cybercrime Squad detectives say they have “established direct links between international identity thieves and the large-scale theft of residential mail”. Snail mail ID theft
"Biometric Hand Scanner Violated Coal Miner's 'Mark of the Beast' Belief: Court; 4th Circuit upholds ruling against company over refusal to make reasonable accommodations." Erin Mulvaney of The National Law Journal has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued last week

"Trump loses patience with his White House counsel; The president has taken out his frustration with the expanding Russia probe on lawyer Don McGahn, one of Trump's earliest campaign supporters": Nancy Cook and Josh Dawsey of have this report

"Arguing with Friends": Law professors William Baude and Ryan D. Doerfler have posted this paper on SSRN.The paper's abstract begins, "It is a fact of life that judges sometimes disagree about the best outcome in appealed cases. The question is what they should make of this."

  • IGT review into ATO’s Fraud Control Management      

  • "Corporate Whistle-Blower Case Gets U.S. Supreme Court Scrutiny": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report

     German Intelligence Also Snooped on White House Der Spiegel. Hmm. Maybe they have “the Comey KVB tapes”?
    • The internet and social media may have exacerbated low trust and ‘fake news’, but we find that in many countries the underlying drivers of mistrust are as much to do with deep-rooted political polarisation and perceived mainstream media bias.
    • Echo chambers and filter bubbles are undoubtedly real for some, but we also find that – on average – users of social media, aggregators, and search engines experience more diversity than non-users.
    Shining a light on the dark corners of the web Nature

    Literature enriches the public sphere but speaks most powerfully in private. Andrew O’Hagan asks: What future does literature have in an age drenched in social media? World of Words 

    Lack of trust: The dark side of social media - Gulf Marketing Review

    Immigration begins $1bn+ visa systems modernisation

    Using behavioural insights for citizen compliance and cooperation

    Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration – The Number of Employment-Related Identity Theft Victims Is Significantly Greater Than Identified, June 20, 2017, Reference Number: 2017-40-031.”Employment-related identity theft (hereafter referred to as employment identity theft) occurs when an identity thief uses another person’s identity to gain employment. Taxpayers may first realize they are a victim when they receive an IRS notice of a discrepancy in the income they reported on their tax return. Each year, the IRS receives about 2.4 million tax returns filed using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) with reported wages, an indicator of potential identity theft.”

    This year’s report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 70,000 online news consumers in 36 countries including the US and UK. The report focuses on the issues of trust in the era of fake news, changing business models and the role of platforms. This year’s report comes amid intense soul-searching in the news industry about fake news, failing business models, and the power of platforms. And yet our research casts new and surprising light on some of the prevailing narratives around these issues.

    Toughest job in a democracy? Keeping politicians on the level. A purely administrative approach to parliamentary expenses hasn’t lifted our pollies’ abysmal public trust, but it could be worse. Britain’s former top civil servant tasked with cleaning up their expenses scandal offers a warning.

      Whocan we trust? "Political lobbyists are having a field day in Australia. At my last count, there were over 900 full-time independent lobbyists working in Canberra. That is over 30 for every cabinet minister. On top of these 'third party' lobbyists there are the special interests who conduct their own lobbying." (John Menadue in Pearls and Irritations)

      Politico: “The U.S. Office of Government Ethics on [June 16, 2017]released President Donald Trump’s financial disclosure, a 98-page document that details his sprawling hotel and real estate empire

      • Parsley seed goes nine times to the Devil[1]
      • Patience is a virtue[1]
      • Pearls of wisdom[1]
      • Penny wise and pound foolish[1]
      • Penny, Penny . Makes many .
      • People who live in glass houses should not throw stones[1]
      • Physician, heal thyself[1]
      • Possession is nine-tenths of the law[1]
      • Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely[1]
      • Practice makes perfect[1]
      • Practice what you preach[1]
      • Prevention is better than cure[1]
      • Pride goes before a fall (O.T.),[1][8]
      • Procrastination is the thief of time
      • Put your best foot forward[1]
      • Put your money where your mouth is[1]