Praising in good and bad time fatboy slim
Treachery and the Cold War - Mail Online - Peter Hitchens blog
Penny Wong vs the APS commissioner, round two. If an MP "casts aspersions" on a public servant personally, it's only fair they can discuss the matter with friends over office email. And if it comes out in public, that's OK too.
"Google Prevails In Suit Over Blog Post": Wendy Davis of Digital News Daily has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued todayICAC warns NSW govt to better screen new hires
Digital Transformation Agency chief Gavin Slater has described the stark differences between the public service and his previous employment at NAB
Public service a large and complex beast
WHEN bankruptcy trustees were appointed over a hectic weekend late in 2008, there seemed no end to the losses caused by the collapse of Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Cash in the bank was no more than $150m. But the losses have been less, and the assets available for compensation greater, than had been feared. On February 22nd Irving Picard, the bankruptcy trustee overseeing the liquidation of Mr Madoff’s firm, announced that a fund set up to reimburse customers would make its ninth distribution, of $621m, bringing the total handed out so far to $11.4bn. Another $1.8bn in held in reserve for contested claims. This is on top of a separate distribution of $723m last November from a separate fund run by the Department of Justice. Another $3bn remains to be distributed in that fund and the bankruptcy trustees hold out hope that substantially more will be recovered and returned.
Florida shooting misinformation
This is how we do it
- Africa Check fact-checked this week’s State of the Nation Address in South Africa.
- The Duke Reporters' Lab released a new fact-checking census this morning, with many new projects from around the world.
- How do you fact-check a six-year-old mistake? Here’s what NPR did.
This is bad
- An anti-abortion campaign in Ireland misappropriated a fact check that questioned one of their claims.
- Newsweek and RawStory reported this week that bots forced Sen. Al Franken to resign. But those stories got key details wrong — leading to retractions.
- Lawmakers are worried about the rise of fake video technology, and so are people who study national security.
A closer look
- The New York Times has a deep dive into Brazil’s anti-fake news efforts.
- Where are the Japanese fact-checkers?
- Discuss: “Media literacy programs in schools are so outdated, they’re backwards.”
- PolitiFact has two job openings — one for a media fact-checker heading up its PunditFact project, another for a one-year audience engagement fellowship. Apply by March 23.
- The Web Conference will be held April 23-27 in Lyon, France. Here’s a sneak peak at the accepted papers about misinformation.
This is fun
- ESPN “fact-checks” Lonzo Ball’s rap lyrics.
- Other sites have fake news. SoundCloud has fake music.
- A local fact-checking project in Nevada is using Abe Lincoln for its ratings.