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George Veletsianos on Twitter about appreciation & academia

https://twitter.com/veletsianos/status/1029538898794315776  

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google tracks your movements, like it or not
Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

Location tracking services have been built in to Google Maps, and most specifically Android phones for some time. Google added the ability to turn location tracking off. An investigation by the Associated Press found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says … Continue reading Google tracks your movements, like it or not

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 ➡   The Blue Lives Matter movement, … Continue reading A Flag for Trump’s America

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 … Continue reading Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America

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

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. … Continue reading Social Network Analysis Reveals Full Scale of Kremlin’s Twitter Bot Campaign

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 … Continue reading 6 types of misinformation circulated this election season

The Information War Has Begun

The Information War Has Begun (zephoria.org)

danah boyd on her website. All annotations in context. News agencies, long trained to focus on reporting information and maintaining a conceptual model of standards, are ill-equipped to understand that they may have a role in this war, that their actions and decisions are shaping the way the war plays out.   How many years … Continue reading The Information War Has Begun