The wonder of internet connectivity can turn into a horror show if the people who use online platforms decide that instead of connecting and communicating, they want to mock, insult, abuse, harass and even threaten each other
If people can be conned into jeopardizing our children's lives, as they do when they opt out of immunizations, could they also be conned out of democracy?
"This algorithmic bias toward engagement over truth reinforces our social and cognitive biases. As a result, when we follow links shared on social media, we tend to visit a smaller, more homogeneous set of sources than when we conduct a search and visit the top results. Existing research shows that being in an echo chamber can make people more gullible about accepting unverified rumors. But we need to know a lot more about how different people respond to a single hoax: Some share it right away, others fact-check it first."
In the days leading up to and following this election, Facebook has been called lots of things — "a website," "an internet company," "a major player in the media universe," "a strange new clas...
"Among the proposed answers, the British Media Reform Coalition (MRC) and the National Union of Journalists are currently pushing the British Parliament to amend the Digital Economy Bill currently in play, to include a 1 percent levy on "large digital intermediaries" — Facebook and Google in particular — to fund nonprofit sources of investigative reporting like the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, ProPublica, or BBC. In other words, even if you can’t force platforms to take on the accountability of acting as media, we have the power to make them fund journalism."
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The director of DARPA writes exclusively for WIRED on the merging of humans and machines
From the article:
The combination of insights from the researchers and their computer creates a model that does not simply document correlations - "When you see more of this, you'll likely see more of that" - but rather starts to unveil the all-important middle steps and linkages of cause and effect, the how and why of molecular interactions, instead of just the what. In doing so, they make a jump from big data to deep understanding.
When social media platforms first started to emerge in the mid-2000s, they served a very specific purpose; they were opportunities for individuals to claim some sort of personal presence online and connect virtually with others attempting...read more
Facebook has been working with Hollywood studios to be the first brands to create masks on the social network, as it challenges Snapchat in augmented reality.
From the article: Thanks to the lenses and augmented reality, Snapchat is viewed as the younger, more free-spirited platform to Facebook's more mature, even formal atmosphere. It's a dynamic that Facebook is eager to shake up.
The popular claim that “filter bubbles” are why fake news thrives on Facebook is almost certainly wrong
From the article:
These two factors—the way that anger can spread over Facebook’s social networks, and how those networks can make individuals’ political identity more central to who they are—likely explain Facebook users’ inaccurate beliefs more effectively than the so-called filter bubble.
If this is true, then we have a serious challenge ahead of us. Facebook will likely be convinced to change its filtering algorithm to prioritize more accurate information. Google has already undertaken a similar endeavor. And recent reports suggest that Facebook may be taking the problem more seriously than Zuckerberg’s comments suggest.
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