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Elon Musk Broke All the Tools Historians Need to Archive Tweets About Israel-Gaza War

404 Media: “…When Elon Musk began requiring people to pay steep fees to access the Twitter API earlier this year, he broke a series of tools used by researchers and archivists that could be used to accurately save tweets with metadata. We are now in a situation where the best way to archive “official” information… Continue Reading

Fact-checking isn’t enough. We need fact-crusading.

Stop The Presses, Mark Jacob: “As the right wing keeps pushing disinformation, journalists keep fact-checking. They dissect quotes. They consult experts. They cite statistics. But it’s not enough. We need fact-crusading, not just fact-checking. Yes, fact-crusading. News media must hold the facts in such high regard that the enemies of truth become their adversaries –… Continue Reading

The Creepy New Digital Afterlife Industry

IEEE Spectrum – These companies could use your data to bring you back—without your consent…As humans, we all have to confront our own mortality. The datafication of our lives means that we now must confront the fact that data about us will very likely outlive our physical selves. The discussion about the digital afterlife thus… Continue Reading

Separating Fact from Fiction on Social Media in Times of Conflict

Bellingcat – Charlotte Maher – Social Media Editor at Bellingcat. She is an investigative journalist and previously worked at the BBC, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Seen, among others. “In a time of crisis, social media is flooded with images, videos and bold claims. This can be useful for researchers like ourselves but overwhelming… Continue Reading

Antisemitism has moved from the right to the left in the US − and falls back on long-standing stereotypes

Via LLRX – Antisemitism has moved from the right to the left in the US − and falls back on long-standing stereotypes – Prof. Arie Perliger, director of the graduate program in Security Studies at the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell addresses the fact the the U.S. is… Continue Reading

A media literacy handbook for Israel-Gaza

Pluralistic: “Media explainers are a cheap way to become an instant expert on everything from billionaire submarine excursions to hellaciously complex geopolitical conflicts, but On The Media’s “Breaking News Consumers’ Handbooks” are explainers that help you understand other explainers.” Via On The Media: “Experts say disinformation around the Israel-Hamas war is running rampant. On this… Continue Reading

The Consequences of Elon Musk’s Ownership of X

The New York Times [read free]: “Now rebranded as X, the site has experienced a surge in racist, antisemitic and other hateful speech. Under Mr. Musk’s watch, millions of people have been exposed to misinformation about climate change. Foreign governments and operatives — from Russia to China to Hamas — have spread divisive propaganda with… Continue Reading

 Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 29, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 29, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, 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 New Big Tech

The Atlantic [read free] – “A slate of four AI companies might soon rule Silicon Valley…Chatbots and their ilk are still in their early stages, but everything in the world of AI is already converging around just four companies. You could refer to them by the acronym GOMA: Google, OpenAI, Microsoft, and Anthropic. Shortly after… Continue Reading

The news will not find you on TikTok

Nieman Lab: “Given the amount of attention TikTok has swallowed up from anyone under the age of 30, we might expect it to be a more obsessive focus of news organizations in their efforts to attract younger and more engaged audiences. But TikTok has shown itself to be rather inhospitable to news: It removes links that publishers could use… Continue Reading

Lessig on why AI and social media are causing a free speech crisis for the internet

The Verge: Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig – After 30 years teaching law, the internet policy legend is as worried as you’d think about AI and TikTok — and he has surprising thoughts about balancing free speech with protecting democracy. Nilay Patel: “…Larry and I talked about the current and recurring controversy around react videos on… Continue Reading