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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:…

We’re not safe without information privacy

Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, CIO of Everipedia on information privacy in digital spaces. You probably already knew that you don’t have to be criminal, paranoid, or anti-capitalist to be very jealous of your Internet privacy rights. After all, plenty of law-abiding, merely sensibly cautious, capitalism-loving people are freaking out about the way FAANG (Facebook,…

Kant and information ethics

A piece by Charles Ess & Mary Thorseth in Ethics and Information Technology Journal (2008). All annotations in context. Kant’s basic thoughts on autonomy and the public domain are highly relevant to challenges concerning modern society, particularly to communication in the public sphere. Trust is but one important topic being discussed here; openness another. Thus,…

Searching for Alternative Facts

Searching for Alternative Facts (Data & Society)

New Data & Society ethnographic study illuminates conservative methods of fact-checking media; warns that search engines may facilitate disinformation

Searching for Alternative Facts is an ethnographic account drawn directly from Francesca Tripodi’s research within upper-middle class conservative Christian communities in Virginia in 2017. Tripodi uses Christian practices of Biblical interpretation as a lens for understanding the relationship between so-called “alternative” or “fake news” sources and contemporary conservative political thought. “They critically interrogate media messages in…