“Known but not discussed”: Low-income people aren’t getting quality news and information. What can the industry do about it?

“Known but not discussed”: Low-income people aren’t getting quality news and information. What can the industry do about it?

“There is no Wirecutter for low-income individuals.” Fiona Morgan and Jay Hamilton talk about their research into information ecosystems and the media market. By Christine Schmidt, for NiemanLab The search engine results that a woman who has served time in jail and is from a low-income community will see, while hunting for jobs, will be vastly different than those found by a graduating college senior who is on LinkedIn. While the

Figure of the Week: 25

By EU vs Disinfo Over the last couple of years, online disinformation has risen on the international scene as an ever-growing problem. At the forefront of the battle for the value of facts are journalists, upholding one of the most important pillars of a free and democratic society: free and independent media. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and their partners launched an initiative earlier this year aiming at combatting disinformation: #JournalismTrustInitiative. RSF also recently published a new report

UK Parliament: 5 recommendations to tackle disinformation and fake news

By UK Parliament Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee We are facing a democratic crisis founded on manipulation of personal data and micro-targeting, MPs warn. In 2017, 11 MPs from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, from different political parties, launched an inquiry into Fake Newsin response to the increasing spread of stories with uncertain origin or accuracy. The DCMS Committee’s report attempts to expose the secretive world of these tech

Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Interim Report

By authority of the House of Commons of UK Parliament Fifth Report of Session 2017–19 Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 24 July 2018 Read the whole report here. There are many potential threats to our democracy and our values. One such threat arises from what has been coined ‘fake news’, created for profit or other gain, disseminated

Figure of the Week: $400 Million

By EU vs Disinfo Last week, a series of articles was published in the U.S. media relating to a $400-million donation allegedly made by U.S.-born financier Bill Browder to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election campaign. The figure was quoted by  Russian President Vladimir Putin himself at a news conference on 16 July following his meeting with Donald Trump in Helsinki. He claimed that Browder’s hedge fund stole the money from Russia through tax

The Russian Military: ‘friendly and open’ or aggressive and dangerous – the evidence

By Polygraph Sergey Shoigu Russian Defense Minister “In such conditions, we demonstrate openness, friendliness and the absence of any sort of aggression against foreign countries.” Source: RT, July 24, 2018 FALSE Shoigu’s words are the opposite of the Russian military’s behavior Speaking to the Russian military collegium on July 24, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu criticized NATO, saying the Western military bloc cannot stand Russia being an independent player in international politics and

Fake: Donbas Talks on Prisoner Exchange Collapse because of Ukraine

Scores of Russian media reported that the latest talks on prisoner exchanges between Ukraine  and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics held in Minsk allegedly broke down because the Ukrainian MP negotiating prisoner exchanges and other humanitarian issues walked out of the talks. Moskovskyi Komsomolets,TASS, Gazeta.ru, Regnum, Zvezda and others all featured this fake story. Russian media cite Luhansk People’s Republic representative Olha Kobtseva who claims that the committee

Fake News and Fake Solutions: How Do We Build a Civics of Trust?

By Ivan Sigal. for Global Voices We need to start serious conversations about systemic social challenges, rather than tinkering with their effects In his recent manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg asserts that the response to our dysfunctional and conflict-ridden politics is to build a stronger global community based on ubiquitous interconnection. We know of course that Facebook stands to profit from this utopian vision, and we should be skeptical of the motives underlying Zuck’s

The Trump-Putin summit was a win for Russia. Why aren’t they celebrating?

By Sarah Manney, July 25, 2018 After last weekend’s summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, widely held in the West as a blow to American global leadership but hailed by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov as “better than super,”[1] one would expect the Kremlin to be “having caviar,” in the words for American Senator Bob Corker.[2] Indeed, presenters on Russian state television seemed as bewildered as their

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