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What if technology could help improve conversations online?

“Discussing things you care about can be difficult. The threat of abuse and harassment online means that many people stop expressing themselves and give up on seeking different opinions. Introducing Perspective – Perspective is an API that makes it easier to host better conversations. The API uses machine learning models to score the perceived impact a comment might have on a conversation. Developers and publishers can use this score to give realtime feedback to commenters or help moderators do their job, or allow readers to more easily find relevant information, as illustrated in two experiments below. We’ll be releasing more machine learning models later in the year, but our first model identifies whether a comment could be perceived as “toxic” to a discussion…”

Related – see MIT Technology Review: Terrible people have learned to exploit the internet. Yasmin Green is fighting back

Advances in Financial Machine Learning (Chapter 1)

Lopez de Prado, Marcos, Advances in Financial Machine Learning (Chapter 1) (January 18, 2018). Advances in Financial Machine Learning, Wiley, 1st Edition (2018); ISBN: 978-1-119-48208-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3104847 “Machine learning (ML) is changing virtually every aspect of our lives. Today ML algorithms accomplish tasks that until recently only expert humans could perform. As it… Continue Reading

The Hill – Lawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology

The Hill: “Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. Now legislators say they want to start working on fixes to the problem before it’s too late. Technology experts have begun to sound the alarm on the new software, which lets users take existing videos… Continue Reading

Sci-Hub Loses Domains and Access to Some Web Services

The Scientist: A few months after the American Chemical Society won its lawsuit against the pirate site, the game of virtual whack-a-mole continues. “Last November, the American Chemical Society (ACS) won its lawsuit against Sci-Hub, a popular pirate site for academic papers. Since then, a number of Sci-Hub’s domains have been suspended, and earlier this… Continue Reading

Data journalism and the ethics of publishing Twitter data

Data Driven Journalism: “Collecting and publishing data collected from social media sites such as Twitter are everyday practices for the data journalist. Recent findings from Cardiff University’s Social Data Science Lab question the practice of publishing Twitter content without seeking some form of informed consent from users beforehand. Researchers found that tweets collected around certain topics, such as… Continue Reading

Interagency Report on Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for Internet of Things

NIST: Interagency Report on Status of International Cybersecurity Standardization for the Internet of Things (IoT) – “The Interagency International Cybersecurity Standardization Working Group (IICS WG) has developedthis draft report based upon the information available to the participating agencies. Comments arebeing solicited in order to augment that information, especially on the information about the state of… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Says Embedding a Tweet Can Be Copyright Infringement

EFF: “Rejecting years of settled precedent, a federal court in New York has ruled [PDF] that you could infringe copyright simply by embedding a tweet in a web page. Even worse, the logic of the ruling applies to all in-line linking, not just embedding tweets. If adopted by other courts, this legally and technically misguided… Continue Reading

CJS – The Facebook Armageddon

Columbia Journalism Review: The social network’s increasing threat to journalism – “At some point over the past decade, Facebook stopped being a mostly harmless social network filled with baby photos and became one of the most powerful forces in media—with more than 2 billion users every month and a growing lock on the ad revenue… Continue Reading

Why university libraries are tossing millions of books

Christian Science Monitor – “Struggling to keep up with the increasing digitization of academia, libraries are purging older volumes to make way for study spaces and coffee shops. The act is a radical shift from when the value of a library was measured by the scope of its books…Libraries are putting books in storage, contracting with… Continue Reading

Poynter – News researchers lead on big stories

David Beard: “This era’s great journalistic diggers include Julie Tate, Kitty Bennett, Alice Crites, Margot Williams and Sheelagh McNeill. Often underappreciated and not as visible as TV-familiar leading journalists, these news researchers and others have been the bane of Rob Porter and Judge Roy Moore in recent months, finding key documents and evidence that led… Continue Reading

WaPo – President Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year

In the 21st century it has become increasingly critical for every individual to continuously seek out the facts and readily identify them from false and/or misleading information, stories, narratives, and speech, regardless of the person groups or entities that propagate speech that is is predicated on lies. The challenge of accomplishing this goal has ramped… Continue Reading

Crowdsourcing Judgments of News Source Quality

Pennycook, Gordon and Rand, David G., Crowdsourcing Judgments of News Source Quality (February 7, 2018). Available at SSRN “The spread of misinformation and disinformation, especially on social media, is a major societal challenge. Here, we assess whether crowdsourced ratings of trust in news sources can effectively differentiate between more and less reliable sources. To do… Continue Reading