Russia’s Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101 The Atlantic (Re Silc). “[T]o be clear: Russian agents should certainly be cut out of the market of persuasive messaging. But this won’t fix things for good. A real solution will require a hard look at the relationship between information markets and democracy, and a focus on the public interest over the profit motive.” So the problem is neoliberalism?
“Switzerland has long been a global center for the wealth management industry, housing around $2 trillion, or 27 percent, of global offshore wealth. Since 1934, Swiss bankers and regulators have resisted the efforts of foreign tax regulators, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the US, to obtain information about secret Swiss bank accounts.
Data breaches: If a company has lost your personal info, they now have to tell you
COLIN POWELL: ‘Pretty Shocking’ That So Many American Youths Lack Smarts, Fitness for Military. “They can’t get through the basic exam that we give them. Now, c’mon, it’s not that hard of a test, but even high school kids who graduated high school can’t get through this exam.”
The Politics of Shame Current Affairs
The great ‘living within our means’ con: Why you’re more in debt than ever ABC News (Australia (naturally)). “The greatest lie ever sold is that the Australian Government can run out of Australian dollars.”Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety NetEduardo Porter, NYT. Why? “The federal debt burden.” In other words, Porter is still locked in the austerity box, along with liberal Democrats. I’m also heartily sick of the “safety net” trope. Why should life be like a tightrope walk? Who benefits from that, besides the carnival barkers?Anti-poverty Policy Innovations: New Proposals for Addressing Poverty in the United States Russel Sage FoundationWhy Equality Matters More Than Income JSTOR Daily
Known as the Trusted Digital Identity Framework, the scheme cements into place the federal government’s role in minting and exchanging online credentials used to access government transactions and online services, essentially based on a hub-and-spoke model similar to those used in financial services."
SECRETARY SERIES: Organisational change in the public sector is about more than just one department smashing into another. The head of the Attorney-General’s Department shares his secrets after five years of flux across two departments.
The unexpected ‘architects’ behind fake news campaigns
This is how we do it
- More technology schools around the world are offering courses in digital ethics and misinformation, The New York Times reports.
- NPR interviewed ProPublica about its new Political Ad Collector tool, which The Guardian is promoting for use by Tasmanians, South Australians and Victorians.
- PolitiFact made their methodology more transparent, in keeping with other fact-checkers around the world. (And ICYMI, PolitiFact has moved its headquarters to Poynter, earning a not-for-profit designation.)
This is bad
- “Involuntary pornography” has serious consequences that go beyond embarrassing the innocent, says TechCrunch. But The Verge says we’re not powerless in this battle against “deepfakes.”
- When fact-checking is fake and self-serving, it muddies the waters. Here’s a new example from a political campaign in Missouri.
- A judge might be deciding what is fake news in France. Oof
A closer look
- The author of that much-talked about (now-declassified) memo on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is being targeted by bots and trolls.
- The British Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee went all the way to George Washington University to grill tech officials on misinformation last week. Here’s a roundup of what they learned.
- You can teach people how to identify fake news, but you can’t make them feel like doing it. Read Jon Christian’s essay in The Outline.
If you read one more thingSalon writes about the rise — and maybe the fall — of WorldNetDaily, one of the “original purveyors of right-wing schlock.”
Quick fact-checking linksBoth liberals and conservatives fell for conspiracy theories about a Russian plane crash, BuzzFeed News reported. // Researchers write this week that the political power of bots and echo chambers isn’t as widespread as you might think. // A fake tweet about the new Snapchat update became one of the most retweeted of all time. // Lavoce.info won the IFCN’s flash grant for Italy. // A viral photo of a massacre in Nigeria is at least eight years old. // Are we heading toward an “information apocalypse?” // PolitiFact announced a new reader representative after botching its first hire. // Twitter reiterated a tired catchphrase on fake news last week. // An Arizona Senate candidate brags about an endorsement from a fake news site. // Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook until it can get a grip on fake news and other problems. // BuzzFeed News is keeping track of hoaxes about the shooting at a South Florida high school. // First Draft and The Shorenstein Center are looking for a program director on misinformation. // The TV News Archive rolls out more search tools.
via Jane, Alexios and Daniel