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Funding news: How Gen Z and Millennials pay for or donate to news

American Press Institute: “As the economics of journalism continue to evolve, a defining question about the future is whether the news media can create content that consumers are willing to pay for or donate to directly. Central to answering that question is understanding the behavior of what many publishers call the next generation of news… Continue Reading

How you could build a search that the fediverse would welcome

Anil Dash: “Mastodon and the fediverse are clearly taking off, bringing in millions of new users, and also organically inspiring a wave of technical innovation that dwarfs all of the efforts that the bribes and empty promises of the Web3 crypto bubble couldn’t touch. I’m even enjoying having settled into a relatively permanent new fediverse… Continue Reading

Google’s Plan to Catch ChatGPT Is to Stuff AI Into Everything

Bloomberg: “A new internal directive requires “generative artificial intelligence” to be incorporated into all of its biggest products within months. Artificial intelligence was supposed to be Google’s thing. The company has cultivated a reputation for making long-term bets on all kinds of far-off technologies, and much of the research underpinning the current wave of AI-powered… Continue Reading

On social media platforms, more sharing means less caring about accuracy

MIT News: “..As a social media user, you can be eager to share content. You can also try to judge whether it is true or not. But for many people it is difficult to prioritize both these things at once. That’s the conclusion of a new experiment led by MIT scholars, which finds that even… Continue Reading

How to Take Back Control of What You Read on the Internet

The Atlantic – “How to Take Back Control of What You Read on the Internet Social-media algorithms show us what they want us to see, not what we want to see. But there is an alternative. By Yair Rosenberg. “The social-media web is built on a lie. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter enticed… Continue Reading

How to save a ChatGPT conversation to revisit later

ZDNet: “ChatGPT is an AI tool that produces a variety of content with many different applications. Whether it’s a breakthrough in your code, progress on your essay or just a funny interaction with the chatbot, you may want to revisit some of your conversations with the chatbot later. Luckily for you, saving your chat is no… Continue Reading

Twitter v. Mastodon v. Post v. Other Possibilities

Twitter v. Mastodon v. Post v. Other Possibilities by Teri Kanefield 1. “Twitter – Twitter has done a lot of good. It allowed communities to form. It allowed marginalized voices to be heard. It allowed crucial information to be disseminated. It even saved lives. Like Facebook and other platforms that rely on algorithms to stimulate… Continue Reading

Moderating the Fediverse: Content Moderation on Distributed Social Media

Rozenshtein, Alan Z., Moderating the Fediverse: Content Moderation on Distributed Social Media (November 23, 2022). 2 Journal of Free Speech Law (2023, Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4213674 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4213674 “Current approaches to content moderation generally assume the continued dominance of “walled gardens”: social media platforms that control who can use their services and how. But… Continue Reading

LLRX February 2023 Issue

8 New Articles and 4 New Columns for February 2023 – https://www/llrx.com The expanding role of technology in the law firm business model – The premise of this article by COO and legal technologist Kenneth Jones is that individual capabilities and excellence (either legal or technical) standing alone are not enough to ensure long-term, sustainable success.… Continue Reading

Americans Can’t Consent to Companies Use of their Data

Americans Can’t Consent – Companies’ Use of Their Data – They Admit They Don’t Understand It, Say They’re Helpless to Control It, and Believe They’re Harmed When Firms Use Their Data —Making What Companies Do Illegitimate: A Report from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania – “Overview – Consent has always been a… Continue Reading

Reducing Social Media Use Improves Appearance and Weight Esteem in Youth With Emotional Distress

Brief Report – American Psychological Association, Accepted January 4, 2023. Reducing Social Media Use Improves Appearance and Weight Esteem in Youth With Emotional Distress. Helen Thai1 , Christopher G. Davis, Wardah Mahboob, Sabrina Perry, Alex Adams, and Gary S. Goldfield. “Adolescence and young adulthood are vulnerable periods in which mental health challenges often emerge. Cross-sectional… Continue Reading

Search engine manipulation to spread pro-Kremlin propaganda

Misinformation Review – Harvard Kennedy School – “The Kremlin’s use of bots and trolls to manipulate the recommendation algorithms of social media platforms is well-documented by many journalists and researchers. However pro-Kremlin manipulation of search engine algorithms has rarely been explored. We examine pro-Kremlin attempts to manipulate search engine results by comparing backlink and keyphrase… Continue Reading