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How the algorithmic medium transforms public opinion, politics and science: open data, open science, open public space, open living labs, open politics, open innovation...
Curated by Pierre Levy
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Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists

Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Bots on Twitter appear to be intentionally drowning out the efforts of activists to use the social media site to organize.
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Fake Twitter Followers Becomes Multimillion-Dollar Business

Fake Twitter Followers Becomes Multimillion-Dollar Business | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Far from slowing, the market for fake Twitter followers seems to be taking off. Despite efforts by Twitter to check for fake accounts, the underground market is becoming more sophisticated.
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Fake followers are typically sold in batches of one thousand to one million accounts. The average price for 1,000 fake followers is $18, according to one study by Barracuda Labs. Mr. Stroppa and Mr. De Micheli said some sellers bragged that they made $2 and $30 per fake account. A conservative estimate, they said, was that fake Twitter followers offered potential for a $40 million to $360 million business.

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