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YouTube's algorithms demonitizes piano tutorial site for "Repetitious content" / Boing ... - 0 views

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    "learning to play a musical instrument, you have to play the same songs and scales over and over again. YouTube's algorithm doesn't seem to know this, and so it demonetized a piano tutorial channel for "Repetitious content.""
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How many stars is a smile worth? The social cost of emotional labour | Media | The Guar... - 0 views

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    "Such service workers are, according to Hochschild, practising emotional labour. We have long embraced the classist trope "the customer is always right", an ethos that belittles the agency, esteem and principles of many."
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Delete your account: leaving Facebook can make you happier, study finds | Technology | ... - 0 views

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    "As with any habitual behavior, you might reasonably expect that abstaining would lead to an improved mood and an overall sense of wellbeing. A new study goes a long way toward suggesting the benefits of cutting Facebook out of our lives altogether."
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Revealed: how Italy's populists used Facebook to win power | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The Facebook data, which captured the engagement metrics on thousands of posts by the six major party leaders in the two months leading up to the election, was collected by academics at the University of Pisa's MediaLab. It reveals all of the 25 most shared Facebook posts in the two months leading up to the election were videos, live broadcasts or photos from either Salvini, who runs the far-right League, or Di Maio, the leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S)."
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Vast archive of tweets reveals work of trolls backed by Russia and Iran | Technology | ... - 0 views

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    "More than 10m tweets sent by state actors attempting to influence US politics have been released to the public, forming one of the largest archives of political misinformation ever collated. The database reveals the astonishing extent of two misinformation campaigns, which spent more than five years sowing discord in the US and had spillover effects in other national campaigns, including Britain's EU referendum."
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Facebook Is Breached by Hackers, Putting 50 Million Users' Data at Risk - The New York ... - 0 views

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    "Three software flaws in Facebook's systems allowed hackers to break into user accounts, including those of the top executives Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, according to two people familiar with the investigation but not allowed to discuss it publicly. Once in, the attackers could have gained access to apps like Spotify, Instagram and hundreds of others that give users a way to log into their systems through Facebook."
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Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable? | Techno... - 0 views

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    "But, for a growing number of users - and mental health experts - the very positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem. The site encourages its users to present an upbeat, attractive image that others may find at best misleading and at worse harmful. If Facebook demonstrates that everyone is boring and Twitter proves that everyone is awful, Instagram makes you worry that everyone is perfect - except you."
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From Tahrir to Trump: how the internet became the dictators' home turf / Boing Boing - 1 views

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    "Tufekci describes how insurgent, democratic movements were early arrivals to the internet, and how clumsy authoritarians' attempts to fight them by shutting the net down only energized their movements. But canny authoritarians mastered the platforms, figuring out how to game their automated algorithms to upvote their messages, and how to game their moderation policies to banish their adversaries."
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Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier - revie... - 0 views

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    " If your consumption of content is tailored by near limitless observations harvested about people like you, how could your universe not collapse into the partial depiction of reality that people like you also enjoy? How could empathy and respect for difference thrive in this environment? Where's the incentive to stamp out fake accounts, fake news, paid troll armies, dyspeptic bots?"
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"The Biology of Disinformation," a paper by Rushkoff, Pescovitz, and Dunagan / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "Already, artificially intelligent software can evolve false political and social constructs highly targeted to sway specific audiences. Users find themselves in highly individualized, algorithmically determined news and information feeds, intentionally designed to: isolate them from conflicting evidence or opinions, create self-reinforcing feedback loops of confirmation, and untether them from fact-based reality. And these are just early days. If memes and disinformation have been weaponized on social media, it is still in the musket stage."
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Revealed: graphic video used by Cambridge Analytica to influence Nigerian election | UK... - 0 views

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    "Cambridge Analytica sought to influence the Nigerian presidential election in 2015 by using graphically violent imagery to portray a candidate as a supporter of sharia law who would brutally suppress dissenters and negotiate with militant Islamists, a video passed to British MPs reveals."
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A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe | Richard Stallman | Opinion | The G... - 0 views

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    "The robust way to do that, the way that can't be set aside at the whim of a government, is to require systems to be built so as not to collect data about a person. The basic principle is that a system must be designed not to collect certain data, if its basic function can be carried out without that data."
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Facebook being used to 'incite real harm' in Myanmar, says Zuckerberg: Report - Channel... - 0 views

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    ""The Myanmar issues have, I think, gotten a lot of focus inside the company," he told Vox as he went on to detail an incident when he was informed of "sensational messages" being spread through Facebook Messenger to incite violence on both sides of the conflict."
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The Guardian view on free speech online: let law decide the limits | Editorial | Opinio... - 0 views

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    "The standards by which the internet is controlled need to be open and subject to the workings of impartial judiciaries. But the task cannot and will not be left to the advertising companies that at present control most of the content - and whose own judgments are themselves almost wholly opaque and arbitrary."
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Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart | Technology | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said: "The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.""
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China's social credit score is like a 'Black Mirror' episode - Business Insider - 0 views

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    "The Chinese government is planning on implementing a system that connects citizens' financial, social, political, and legal credit ratings into one big social trustability score. The idea would be that if someone breaks trust in one area, they'd be adversely affected everywhere."
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'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Technol... - 0 views

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    "There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called "continuous partial attention", severely limiting people's ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity - even when the device is turned off. "Everyone is distracted," Rosenstein says. "All of the time.""
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