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Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information

Modeling and Analysis of Conflicting Information Propagation in a Finite Time Horizon, published in the journal IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. The paper was co-authored by Cliff Wang of the Army Research Office. NC State: “Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Army Research Office have demonstrated a new model of how competing pieces of… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 28, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 28, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

The Fate of the News in the Age of the Coronavirus

The New Yorker – Can a fragile media ecosystem survive the pandemic? – “The shift to paywalls has been a boon for quality journalism. Instead of chasing trends on search engines and social media, subscription-based publications can focus on producing journalism worth paying for, which has meant investments in original reporting of all kinds. A small… Continue Reading

Zoombombing, data privacy, webcam backdrop, virtual town hall

CVUSD meeting falls victim to “Zoombombing” Vice – Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook – The change comes after Motherboard found the Zoom iOS app was sending analytics information to Facebook when users opened the apps See also The Web Around [I do not have one but it may be of interest] –… Continue Reading

The Law and Economics of Online Republication

Perry, Ronen, The Law and Economics of Online Republication (March 10, 2020). Iowa Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3552301 “Jerry publishes unlawful content about Newman on Facebook, Elaine shares Jerry’s post, the share automatically turns into a tweet because her Facebook and Twitter accounts are linked, and George immediately retweets it. Should Elaine and… Continue Reading

Governments could track COVID-19 lockdowns through social media posts

CNET – A research group scrapes more than 500,000 Instagram profiles in Italy to see if people are abiding by the quarantine. “Your posts on social media have been harvested for advertising. They’ve been taken to build up a massive facial recognition database. Now that same data could be used by companies and governments to… Continue Reading

Instagram expands effort to remove unreliable pandemic information

Instagram Blog: “Since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency in January, we’ve taken steps to help people access accurate information, stay safe, and stay connected.Today we’re announcing additional updates: Including more educational resources in Instagram Search Adding stickers to promote accurate information Removing COVID-19 accounts from recommendations, unless posted… Continue Reading

How the viral app Houseparty is entertaining a generation in lockdown

FT.com [free to read] Video chat app that allows spontaneous gatherings is replicating social life for millions stuck indoors – “This weekend, as much of the world retreated into coronavirus lockdown, it looked as though many people’s favourite activities were going to disappear with them: evening drinks, birthday parties, casual dinners with friends. But then came… Continue Reading

Cyborgs, trolls and bots: A guide to online misinformation

AP: “…Political misinformation has been around since before the printing press, but the internet has allowed falsehoods, conspiracy theories and exaggerations to spread faster and farther than ever. Misinformation is defined as any false information, regardless of intent, including honest mistakes or misunderstandings of the facts. Disinformation, on the other hand, typically refers to misinformation… Continue Reading

‘It Feels Like a War Zone’: Doctors and Nurses Plead for Masks on Social Media

The New York Times – As supplies have dwindled, doctors and nurses have improvised ways to make their stock last. Now they’re urging leaders to help. “…Now, doctors, nurses and others are rallying on social media with the hashtag #GetMePPE, referring to personal protective equipment like masks, gowns and face shields, to put pressure on… Continue Reading

Open-source project spins up 3D-printed ventilator validation prototype in just one week

TechCrunch – “In a great example of what can happen when smart, technically-oriented people come together in a time of need, an open-source hardware project started by a group including Irish entrepreneur Colin Keogh and Breeze Automation CEO and co-founder Gui Calavanti has produced a prototype ventilator using 3D-printed parts and readily available, inexpensive material.… Continue Reading