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Daily Archives: December 6, 2018

Poynter launching podcast about fact checking and misinformation

Poynter: “Over the next three weeks, the International Fact-Checking Network is releasing a limited-run podcast about fact-checking and fake news. In each of the three episodes, we talk to fact-checkers, journalists and experts around the world to try and answer one big question about the industry. In the first episode, we talk to Amy Sippitt of Full Fact and Brendan Nyhan of the University of Michigan about the audience for fact-checking: who reads it, who fact-checkers write for and who needs fact checks the most. Find that episode later this week on our website and wherever you get your podcasts. In the second and third episodes, we will speak to reporters and academics about how to avoid amplifying conspiracies while debunking them and whether or not fact-checking can scale to misinformation on the internet. Those episodes will be released on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Wednesday, Dec. 19. Sign up for our newsletter to get them in your inbox every week…”

Annual update of the Global Carbon Atlas released

“The Global Carbon Atlas is an online platform to explore, visualize and interpret global and regional carbon data arising from both human activities and natural processes. The graphics and data sources are made available in the belief that their wide dissemination will lead to new knowledge and better-informed decisions to limit and cope with human-induced… Continue Reading

SciHub continues to get attacked around the world

Motherboard – ‘The Pirate Bay of Science’ Continues to Get Attacked Around the World: “A scientific research depository intended to provide open access to scientific data has had its domains blocked in Russia, after a Russian court declared that the website violates publisher copyrights. It’s the latest salvo in a global war on efforts to… Continue Reading

UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library publishes “UDHR70: 30 Articles – 30 Documents” online exhibit

“Are the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) still valid?  And if they are, how do they relate to the world we live in today? These are the questions that the Dag Hammarskjöld Library’s online exhibit “30 Articles, 30 Documents” explores. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the UDHR,… Continue Reading

2018 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic’s Photo Contest winners have applied focus, discipline, skill, insight, and and an often disarming sensitivity to people, places, animals, the environment, and things that we may never have the opportunity to see or experience first hand. So enjoy these photos, and revel in the sights you will see. See also via NPR –… Continue Reading

Your smartphone’s AI algorithms could tell if you are depressed

MIT Technology Review: “Your smartphone’s AI algorithms could tell if you are depressed. Smartphones that are used to track our faces and voices could also help lower the barrier to mental-health diagnosis and treatment. Depression is a huge problem for millions of people, and it is often compounded by poor mental-health support and stigma. Early diagnosis… Continue Reading

How Incarcerated Parents Are Losing Their Children Forever

The Marshall Project -“Mothers and fathers who have a child placed in foster care because they are incarcerated — but who have not been accused of child abuse, neglect, endangerment, or even drug or alcohol use — are more likely to have their parental rights terminated than those who physically or sexually assault their kids,… Continue Reading

Words always matter

Oxford University Press Blog: “The run-up to the recent mid-term elections saw commentators across the political spectrum claiming that “words matter.” Much of this was in response to violent acts – in particular the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre and the pipe bombs sent to Democrats – that some argued was a consequence of Donald Trump’s rhetoric.… Continue Reading

The Bloomberg 50

The Bloomberg 50: “What does Black Panther director Ryan Coogler have in common with Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell? Or Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with Michael Gelband, co-founder and CEO of ExodusPoint Capital Management? A place on the second annual Bloomberg 50, our look at the people in business, entertainment, finance,… Continue Reading