Social Media Is a Weapon of War

Social Media Is a Weapon of War. How We Use It Is Up to Us by David Axe (Motherboard)
"'Win' the internet, [and] you can win silly feuds, elections, and deadly serious battles."
David Axe in Motherboard. All annotations in context. Trump's unlikely rise to the White House was symptomatic of social, political, and technological trends decades in the making—trends that gave rise to the internet and social media and which, in turn, transformed the way we control, spy on, and kill each other. It is interesting to…

Live streaming & live tweeting: a pragmatic approach to ethical considerations

Live streaming & live tweeting: a pragmatic approach to ethical considerations. | Center for Digital Ethics & Policy (digitalethics.org)
Bastiaan Vanacker in the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. All annotations in context. In daily language, the word pragmatic is often used pejoratively, to describe someone with a lack of principles (or character) who will let the situation, rather than a firm moral compass, guide her actions. But in the philosophical sense, pragmatism refers to an…

AI can now predict, shut down internet troll behavior

AI can now predict, shut down internet troll behavior (Big Think)
A team from Cornell University looks to shut down the ongoing flamewar that has taken over, well, pretty much every public area of the internet.
The Big Think notes: If you've been on the internet for more than 25 minutes, you've most likely run into someone saying something you disagree with. As most of us realize, this is part of adult life. The world was not built explicitly for us. Most (read: good) people might move on,  but many — about 30%…