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RAND Report: The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model

The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model – Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It, by Christopher Paul and Miriam Matthews, RAND Corporation “Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia’s approach to propaganda. The country has effectively employed new dissemination channels and messages… Continue Reading

Memory Hole posts Tweets deleted by Scaramucci

MemoryHole2: “Immediately after Anthony Scaramucci was named White House communications director on July 21, 2017, Josh Billinson discovered two tweets critical of Trump. After Billinson tweeted about them, Scaramucci blocked him (temporarily) and deleted the tweets. Soon after, it became apparent that Scaramucci was deleting more tweets, leading numerous outlets to report on this. I’ve… Continue Reading

Tweets of Congress: Output from 1000+ accounts for any given day

Data Driven Jounalism – “Tweets of Congress is a project collating the daily Twitter output of both houses of the United States Congress, encompassing the accounts of members, political parties, committees and caucuses (around 1,070 accounts in total). There are two components to the project: a backend app for data collection and serialization and a… Continue Reading

Archiving BBC’s website and social media output

BBC Internet Blog: “BBC Archives has a remit to archive output with historical, cultural and production re-use value. Carl Davies is part of the Digital Archives Services team, and gives an insight into how such a broad range of online content is captured and saved in the archive…The BBC tries to maintain and keep older… Continue Reading

Paper – Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

Samantha Bradshaw & Philip N. Howard, Troops, Trolls and Troublemakers: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation. Samuel Woolley and Philip N. Howard, Eds. Working Paper 2017.12. Oxford, UK: Project on Computational Propaganda. comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/. 37 pp. “Cyber troops are government, military or political party teams committed to manipulating public opinion over social media.… Continue Reading

Using location sharing apps and privacy impact

The New York Times: “Location-tracking features have stirred controversy for the last decade. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit, said location-tracking technologies enabled law enforcement agencies to monitor people’s movements or advertisers to connect people’s online activities with their real identities. In other words, used carelessly, location tracking may hurt your privacy. But used… Continue Reading

Critics Blocked from President’s Twitter Account File Suit

Knight First Amendment Institute: “Joined by seven individuals from across the country, the Knight First Amendment Institute filed suit in the Southern District of New York today contending that President Trump and his communications team are violating the First Amendment by blocking individuals from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account because they criticized the president or his… Continue Reading

Pew survey – Online Harassment 2017

“This study measures the prevalence and patterns of online harassment by examining six broad categories of abusive behavior (see “Defining online harassment” in the accompanying box). These categories are identical to those used in Pew Research Center’s 2014 examination of online harassment. They are designed to capture a broad range of experiences – not just… Continue Reading

Twitter offers user more control over notifications to avoid specific content

Twitter Help Center – About the Notifications timeline – Advanced Filter Settings – “You might receive notifications from certain types of accounts you’d like to avoid. In addition to enabling the quality filter, you can choose to disable notifications from the following types of accounts…” Continue Reading

Twitter vs FBI on National Security Requests for Information on Users

FindLaw – “Twitter sued the FBI and the Department of Justice to establish the company’s right to say how many national security requests it receives from the government. It is part of the company’s transparency report to tell users how often governments request their information. The government recently lost its motion for summary judgment, while… Continue Reading

Major news organizations seek help from Congress for collective bargaining with Alphabet and Facebook

News Outlets to Seek Right to Bargain With Online Giants – “A group of news organizations plans to ask Congress for the right to negotiate with platforms like Google and Facebook, which are gaining greater shares of digital advertising and distribution.” Continue Reading

Paper – Agency, trust and risks in photo-sharing among friends and romantic partners

“And somehow it ends up on the Internet.” Agency, trust and risks in photo-sharing among friends and romantic partners by Rebecca Venema, Katharina Lobinger, First Monday, Volume 22, Number 7 – 3 July 2017. “Photographic practices and photo-sharing have become pervasive routine communicative acts in everyday life. Photo-sharing can be beneficial for maintaining and strengthening… Continue Reading