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BBC – The (almost) complete history of ‘fake news’

BBC Trending: “…Misinformation, spin, lies and deceit have of course been around forever. But what Buzzfeed’s media editor, Craig] Silverman and others uncovered was a unique marriage between social media algorithms, advertising systems, people prepared to make stuff up to earn some easy cash and an election that gripped a nation and much of the world…The phrase now evokes much more than those get-rich-quick Macedonian teenagers. President Trump even gave out “Fake News Awards” to reporters who had made errors or poor predictions – with a special nod to all reporting on the ongoing and very real investigations into collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But to say that President Trump was the first politician to deploy the term would itself be, well, “fake news”…”

Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing

Internet Firearm Sales: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing, GAO-18-24: Published: Nov 21, 2017. Publicly Released: Dec 21, 2017. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for investigating criminal and regulatory violations of firearms statutes and regulations that govern firearms transactions, including sales that are facilitated by the… Continue Reading

Yahoo Search results driven by ads

ghacks.net: “If you visit Yahoo Search right now from a location in the United States, the chance is high that you get more ads on the search results page than organic results. A search for laptops, for instance, returns five ads at the top that fill most “above the fold” space, and another batch of… Continue Reading

Adweek – Tracking Metrics in Social 3.0

Opinion: Marketers are unsure if they can trust data from Facebook – “From impacting the most recent U.S. presidential election to internal workforce issues, Facebook received attention for reasons other than its network and ad platform in 2017. The topic weighing heaviest on marketers’ minds? The platform’s long list of measurement mistakes. Facebook is the… Continue Reading

Here come the drones

December 19, 2017 – 8% of Americans say they own a drone, while more than half have seen one in operation: “Drones are catching on as consumer goods. As of mid-2017, 8% of Americans say they own a drone and 59% say they have seen one in action, according to a Pew Research Center survey.… Continue Reading

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy Melissa Chadburn | Longreads | December 2017 | “Last year I worked undercover at a temp agency in Los Angeles. While I took the assignment for an article I was working on, I’d also been unemployed for over a year. It seemed I was in that middling space of… Continue Reading

Holiday shopping tips from the FTC

“Calling all shoppers: The holidays are just around the corner. And whether you like to meander through the mall or search for deals online, the FTC has a gift for you — shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information. Make a list and a budget. Include incidentals,… Continue Reading

Public Comments to the Federal Communications Commission About Net Neutrality Contain Many Inaccuracies and Duplicates

Pew Report – Fully 57% of comments used temporary or duplicate email addresses, and seven popular comments accounted for 38% of all submissions. “For the second time in less than four years, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering regulations regarding net neutrality – the principle that internet service providers must treat all data… Continue Reading

HBS – How Independent Bookstores Have Thrived in Spite of Amazon.com

Harvard Business School: “Ryan Raffaelli set out to discover how independent bookstores managed to survive and even thrive in spite of competition from Amazon and other online retailers. His initial findings reveal how much consumers still value community and personal contact.” “When Amazon.com burst onto the nascent online retail scene in 1995, the future seemed… Continue Reading

No boundaries: Exfiltration of personal data by session-replay scripts

Freedom to Tinker – “This is the first post in our “No Boundaries” series, in which we reveal how third-party scripts on websites have been extracting personal information in increasingly intrusive ways. by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan. Update: we’ve released our data — the list of sites with session-replay scripts, and the… Continue Reading

NYT – She Warned of ‘Peer-To-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened

Follow up to previous posting November 1, 2017 – Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections – see this article in the New York Times – “…For years, Ms. DiResta had battled disinformation campaigns, cataloging data on how malicious actors spread fake narratives online. That morning, wearing headphones so… Continue Reading

Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections

Axios – What Facebook, Google and Twitter told the Senate Intel committee Axios – “Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released examples of Facebook ads paid for by Russian actors during this afternoon’s hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter. Ads were displayed in the hearing room to drive home their concern about foreign governments “weaponizing”… Continue Reading