A Flag for Trump’s America

A Flag for Trump's America | Harper's Magazine (Harper's magazine)
The power of strength
Jeff Sharlet in Harper's Magazine. All annotations in context. “The black above represents citizens,” he said, “and the black below represents criminals.” That those on the wrong side of the line are typically citizens themselves doesn’t bother Jacob, who has built a thriving business, Thin Blue Line USA :arrow:   The Blue Lives Matter movement,…

David M. Perry Twitter thread on tech & surveillance in teaching

Thread by @Lollardfish: "Good morning. My theory on technology in the classroom is this: Our choice is between surveillance vs teaching students to use tech well. Ba […]"

Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America

Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America (BuzzFeed News)
The adventures of Russian agents like The Ghost of Marius the Giraffe, Gay Turtle, and Ass — exposed for the first time.
Buzzfeed report in 2014. All annotations in context. Russia's campaign to shape international opinion around its invasion of Ukraine has extended to recruiting and training a new cadre of online trolls that have been deployed to spread the Kremlin's message on the comments section of top American websites. Plans attached to emails leaked by a…

Fake ‘Ukrainian’ News Websites Run by Russian ‘Troll Army’ Offshoots

Fake ‘Ukrainian’ News Websites Run by Russian ‘Troll Army’ Offshoots (Global Voices)
A new investigation of Russia's information war has revealed fake 'Ukrainian' news sites are actually hosted, operated, and staffed in Russia without any local correspondents.
Aric Toler on GlobalVoices as part of the RuNet Echo Project. All annotations in context. creating a new international news operation called Sputnik to “provide an alternative viewpoint on world events.” More and more, though, the Kremlin is manipulating the information sphere in more insidious ways.   In June, BuzzFeed published a detailed feature on this operation, through which…

Social Network Analysis Reveals Full Scale of Kremlin’s Twitter Bot Campaign

Social Network Analysis Reveals Full Scale of Kremlin's Twitter Bot Campaign
With the aid of open-source tools, Internet researcher Lawrence Alexander gathered and visualized data on nearly 20,500 pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts, revealing the massive scale of information manipulation attempts on the RuNet. In what is the first part of a two-part analysis, he explains how he did it and what he found. All annotations in context.…

6 types of misinformation circulated this election season

6 types of misinformation circulated this election season
Claire Wardle in the Columbia Journalism Review. All annotations in context. The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones called Twitter a “self-cleaning oven,” suggesting that false information could be flagged and self-corrected almost immediately. We no longer had to wait 24 hours for a newspaper to issue a correction.   Jeff Jarvis wrote over the weekend, we need to be careful…

British Parliamentary committee looking into misinformation – Justin Hendrix Twitter Thread

Thread by @justinhendrix: "1/ The British Parliamentary committee looking into misinformation- @DCMS- has just published its interim report. It's worth reading as I be […]"

Actually, guns do kill people, according to a new study

Actually, guns do kill people, according to a new study
A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open underscores an often overlooked factor in gun-policy debates: When it comes to lethality, not all guns are created equal. This latest paper on the caliber of the gun adds a different layer to the gun debate, and it makes a compelling argument for why the type of…