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Losing Users: Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Problems

November 3, 2018           |                                       

His detractors and enemies have been waiting some time for this, but it must have given them moments of mild cheer. Facebook, the all-gazing, accumulating system of personal profiles and information, poster child, in fact, of surveillance capitalism, is losing users. At the very least, it is falling to that mild phenomenon in business speak […]

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ProPublica and International Center of Photography Host “The Cleaners” Film Screening and Talk on Social Media Content Moderation

November 1, 2018           |                                       

Who controls what you see on the internet? “The Cleaners,” a documentary by German filmmakers Moritz Riesewieck and Hans Block, takes viewers inside a hidden industry of digital “cleaning,” in which content deemed inappropriate is deleted from the internet. Made with cooperation from ProPublica, the film follows five content managers — anonymous workers, outsourced from […]

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Spanish-language cartoon Tiranía (Tyranny). Superstition sits on the throne, advised by a priest and a devil by Claudio Linati, 1826. Wikicommons. Public domain. Xnet (https://xnet-x.net/en/), an activist group working for civil rights in the Internet, is the founder member in Spain of the #SaveYourInternet coalition, which has among its participants groups such as the Electronic […]

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Finnish Man Sentenced To Prison For Online Pro-Russia Hate Campaign

October 18, 2018           |                                       

A court in Finland has sentenced the founder of an anti-immigrant, pro-Russia website to 22 months in prison on charges of defamation and negligence. The Helsinki District Court on October 18 said Ilja Janitskin’s MV-Lehti website published offensive content about a Finnish investigative journalist, Jessikka Aro. Two other defendants, Johan Backman, described in the media […]

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[NB: Note the byline. Portions of my content are speculative. / ~Rayne] The following analysis includes a copy of an initial response Bloomberg Businessweek received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in response to its story, The Big Hack. In tandem with the Bloomberg story this was published […]

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Facebook Accused of “Full-Frontal Suppression of Dissent”

October 13, 2018           |                                       

Anti-Terrorism Laws Increasingly Used to Target Indigenous Activists Women of Color Are Running for Office in Record Numbers Why We Should Strike Against Rape Culture Schumer Rubber Stamps 15 More Right-Wing Judges for Trump Trump Rejects Calls to Stop Saudi Arms Sales After Journalist’s Disappearance Youth Living in Settlements at US Border Suffer Poverty and […]

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Brazilian flag. Wikimedia Commons. All Rights Reserved. A dangerous polarisation exists in Brazilian society. On one hand, there are 3000 million reales (725 million US dollars) in public resources from the Electoral and Party Politics Fund to be used during electoral campaigns by parties and candidates. On the other, there are the legal gaps and […]

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CNN reported last week: “Authorities have identified the masterminds of the apparent [Aug. 4] drone assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, as well as the people who assisted them, Attorney General Tarek William Saab said Monday. … “‘The preliminary investigation indicates that many of those responsible for the attack, the financiers and planners, live in […]

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We’re finally having a public debate about the big Internet platforms policing content and suspending accounts. But it’s a serious mistake to frame the debate about content moderation around right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s Infowars and not around the thousands of other moderation decisions that have been made by such online giants as Apple, Facebook, […]

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Banning Alex Jones and Infowars

August 9, 2018           |                                       

He is treated as the bogeyman of conspiracy entertainment, and Alex Jones has become a prominent figure for advancing a host of unsavoury views. High on his list of incendiaries is the claim that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting never took place and was the work of paid fantasists, with the victims’ parents being […]

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[Note the byline. This post contains some speculative content. / ~Rayne] Whether counter-arguments or conspiracy theories, it’s interesting how certain narratives are pushed when tensions rise. But are they really theories or conditioning? And if conditioning, could other media infrastructure changes create more successful conditioning? ~ 3 ~ In an interview with Fox News post-Helsinki […]

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Digital rights activists on Thursday applauded the European Parliament’s rejection of a broad new copyright law proposal which critics warned would threaten the open internet and result in widespread censorship and control of users. BREAKING: In a huge victory, the European Parliament has voted 318-278 against #Article13 and #Article11—the disastrous #CensorshipMachine and #LinkTax copyright proposals. […]

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The Singapore Summit: A US Pivot Toward Ending the Korean War? From Barricades to Courtrooms: The Fight Against a Fracked Gas Future in New York State Today’s Capitalism Is a Far Cry From What It Was Intended to Be The Brazilian Truckers’ Strike: How WhatsApp Is Changing the Rules of the Game After Flint Crisis, […]

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Leading a double life When my partner, Barbara, first opened an account on Facebook, she used it in a way that most people in Yankeedom use it. Her network was an eclectic assortment of family, current and former workmates, new and old friends, neighbors and relatives living in other parts of the country. Most of […]

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After AT&T-Time Warner Win, Is Comcast-Fox a Done Deal?

June 13, 2018           |                                       

NEW YORK — Comcast will likely bid for Fox’s entertainment business as early as Wednesday now that a federal judge has cleared AT&T’s $85 billion takeover of Time Warner. If Comcast succeeds in outbidding Disney for Fox, a major cable distributor would control even more channels on its lineup and those of its rivals. There […]

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