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“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

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 justifiable outrage at Western reporting on Ukraine

By Ariana Gic, for StopFake Only July 23, the BBC’s Panorama aired “The Faked Murder that Fooled the World”, about the staged murder of a Russian dissident journalist living in Kyiv at the end of May.  The staged assassination was the stuff of spy novels – Ukraine’s Security Services convincingly staged Arkady Babchenko’s assassination as part of a special operation to prevent more than 30 Russian assassination efforts, including Babchenko’s,

Estonia spy chief: Network of operatives pushing Russian agenda in West

By Jeff Seldin, for VoA For the past several months, intelligence and security officials in the U.S. government and private sector have cautiously marveled at the seemingly slow pace of Russian cyberattacks and influence operations using social media. Unlike in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, officials say so far there has been no frenzy of hacks, phishing attacks or use of ads and false news stories to penetrate

Commission’s approach to tackling online disinformation is an empty box

By Jakub Janda, for Euractiv EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel are keeping their eyes wide shut to the Russian disinformation threat, writes Jakub Janda. After Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, massive disinformation campaigns were launched by Moscow and its proxies. Ukrainians defending their own country were first to respond, initiatives like StopFake.org became a benchmark for the Western world of how exposing and debunking

Edwars Lucas: Don’t play risk with Europe

Edward Lucas explains why the West should not treat the “in-between” states as objects on a gameboard. By Edward Lucas, for CEPA My introduction to geopolitics came from the game of Risk. In our 1970s Cold War household, this board game, invented in 1957, had a particular sizzle. The board features an outsized Ukraine, stretching from the Arctic to central Asia, and territories called Irkutsk, Kamchatka, Siberia, Ural, and Yakutsk

The Russian propaganda guide to stealing your roommate’s burrito

By Natalia Antonova, for Global Comment Crap, you have stolen your roommate’s burrito. It happens to the best of us. Don’t have a roommate? I assume you’ve stolen something at least once from the communal fridge at work/accidentally picked up someone else’s sandwich order (I’ll have it be known, that under the right circumstances and/or with the right amount of liquor, “Pete” can totally sound like “Natalia”). Oh, you’re some

How much is a gram of Telegram, or why you should not get hooked on this messenger

By Christina Dobrovolska, specially for InformNapalm Russia’s state communications regulator Roskomnadzor made a botched attempt to block Telegram messenger sending ripples in mass media and on social networks around the globe. In the summer of 2017, the management of the Telegram received a demand to hand in the encryption keys to the users’ data to the Federal Security Service (FSB). On August 30, 2017 Telegram officially refused to provide the keys, and

‘Chief Beneficiary’ of Putin’s Aggression in Ukraine and Syria is Moscow TV, New Poll Shows

By Paul Goble, Windows on Eurasia There have been innumerable surveys of Russian attitudes over the last decade, but most of them have been limited in their value by the fact that participants likely answered some of the most important questions by saying what they believed those behind the polls wanted to hear, Igor Yakovenko says. But two polls, one taken in 2010 and a second just now by the

Facebook vs. Russian bots: the Kremlin is winning

By InformNapalm For over 2 months in a row InformNapalm volunteers have been struggling with the wave of Facebook bans. Currently 4 of our active members are blocked for 30 days. While these bans are the result of new Facebook blocking policy, we investigated “ban words” and discovered that there is no way for the user to address this issue properly and to avoid further bans. Regular Facebook Search options

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