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Digitally Literate #205

Truth Decay Digitally Lit #205 – 7/13/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #205 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I distill the news of the week in technology into an easy-to-read resource. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week I worked on the following:…

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…

This is what filter bubbles actually look like

This is what filter bubbles actually look like (MIT Technology Review)

Maps of Twitter activity show how political polarization manifests online and why divides are so hard to bridge.

John Kelly and Camille François in MIT Technology Review. John Kelly is CEO and Camille François is research director of Graphika, a social network analytics company. All annotations in context. American public life has become increasingly ideologically segregated as newspapers have given way to screens. But societies have experienced extremism and fragmentation without the assistance of Silicon Valley…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Fake news. It's complicated.

Fake news. It’s complicated.

Claire Wardle in First Draft News. All annotations in context. By now we’ve all agreed the term “fake news” is unhelpful, but without an alternative, we’re left awkwardly using air quotes whenever we utter the phrase. The reason we’re struggling with a replacement is because this is about more than news, it’s about the entire…

What Do We Know About False News?

What Do We Know About False News? (Harvard Business Review)

A roundup of the latest thinking

From the Harvard Business Review: As false news has become a global phenomenon, scholars have responded. They’ve ramped up their efforts to understand how and why bad information spreads online — and how to stop it. In the past 18 months, they’ve flooded academic journals with new research and have raised the level of urgency.…