An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy

An Avalanche of Speech Can Bury Democracy (POLITICO Magazine)
For the longest time, we thought that as speech became more democratized, democracy itself would flourish. But in 2018, it is increasingly clear that more speech can in fact threaten democracy.
Zeynep Tufecki in Politico Magazine. All annotations in context. But in the digital age, when speech can exist mostly unfettered, the big threat to truth looks very different. It’s not just censorship, but an avalanche of undistinguished speech—some true, some false, some fake, some important, some trivial, much of it out-of-context, all burying us. Perhaps…

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 […]"

Technologies for 21st Century democracy

Technologies for 21st Century democracy (tools.dcentproject.eu)
D-CENT project (Decentralised Citizens Engagement Technologies) that has been working to transform democracy – helping movements, cities and political parties to build technologies, methods and tools that can make the democratic system work for 21st century aspirations. D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating open, secure and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment. A federated architecture –…