“The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the entity that maintains the standards used across the internet, said on Monday, April 9, that Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla signed on to support web-based technology for biometric authentication. In other words, Chrome, Edge, and Firefox will soon support signing into online accounts using fingerprint scanners, voice authentication, facial recognition, and so on without additional software. The support for biometric logins stems from the Web Authentication (WebAuthn) standard submitted by the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, another consortium focused on security solutions. It defines how browsers can utilize a component built into web pages that can access biometric-based hardware without any additional software or browser plugins installed on the user’s machine. Moreover, WebAuthn supports FIDO’s Client to Authenticator Protocol (CTAP). This specification enables an external device, such as a security key or smartphone, to authenticate an account or service through USB, Bluetooth, or NFC connectivity. Thus, if your desktop or laptop doesn’t include a fingerprint scanner or infrared camera, an external device could work as a substitute...”
CRS INSIGHT – Data, Social Media, and Users: Can We All Get Along? April 4, 2018 (IN10879). “In March 2018, media reported that voter-profiling company Cambridge Analytica had exceeded Facebook’s data use policies by collecting data on millions of Facebook users. Cambridge Analytica did this by working with a researcher to gain access to the data, so the company itself was not the entity seeking access to the information.
Facebook in the hot seat
This is how we do it
- Poynter’s Daniel Funke profiled some of the students who are working on fact-checking and misinformation projects around the world.
- In Brazil, Aos Fatos and Lupa fact-checked former President Lula before he turned himself over to the police.
- Fred Fact, the Fact-Checking Day cartoon with seven tips to combat misinformation, is now available in two more languages: Swahili and Italian. Check it out.
This is bad
- CNN reported that the biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake.
- It’s election season in the U.S., so get ready for more faux-checking. This one, called FactCheckWV.com, has only a tiny disclaimer at the bottom of the endless-scroll page.
- BuzzFeed News uncovered a complex operation that used fake sites to target NGOs linked to George Soros.
This is fun
- Fashionista fact-checked Mark Zuckerberg’s suit as the Facebook CEO testified in Washington, D.C., this week.
- The showrunners from AMC’s “The Terror” really want you to fact-check them.
- No, this isn’t a photo of the former Brazilian president’s son’s house. It’s a university.
Research you can use
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- From API’s Jane Elizabeth: Here are some notes on intriguing research from last week’s fake-news-focused Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago.
- Facebook launched an initiative to provide more independent research on how social media platforms impact elections. The tech company says it will not review findings prior to publication.
- Cna yuo raed tihs? A researcher tries to explain the science behind a meme.
A closer look
- Journalists panicked after the Indian government issued, and then retracted, fake news guidelines last week. Here’s why.
- Mother Jones says Facebook is the “best propaganda platform” and the Mexican election illustrates why.
- The Boston Globe published an in-depth profile of Christopher Blair — one of the more notorious fake news publishers in the U.S. (Speaking of Blair, here’s a detailed look at how his sites operate.)
- Demo your app at the Fake News Horror Show. Deadline is May 7.
- The International Symposium on Online Journalism will live-stream its fake news conference in English and Spanish, tomorrow and Saturday.
If you read one more thingMike Ananny's comprehensive report on the state of Facebook’s fact-checking partnership for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism was released last week. Based on four anonymous senior people from four of the tech company’s six partners, the report presents the status of the partnership as it stood in January, when the interviews were completed. A lot has happened since: Fact-checkers and Facebook met in February; Facebook announced it would allow for flagging of false photos; and the tool is now active in three more countries. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network is a necessary condition for being a Facebook fact-checking partner.)
Quick fact-checking linksHere are six examples of fake news about marijuana. // Everything you need to know about misinformation in the EU this week. // Is relying on Wikipedia to fix YouTube and Facebook’s misinformation problems a good thing? Here’s one take. // Spanish Socialists want a fake news amendment to the country’s new data protection bill. // Read MediaShift’s interview with EconoFact, a nonprofit that supplies factual information about economic and social policies. // An anchor for a major Sinclair station in Washington, D.C., blasts the “propaganda campaign” against her station’s owners. // Here’s an update on how things are going with NewsGuard’s “war on fake news.” // Facebook announced that people who manage Pages with large followings will now have to be verified. // RealClear Politics launched a fact check review aimed at codifying the work of six prominent American fact-checking organizations. // Lost in translation: The Sun renames a suspect after an verb.Until next week,