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Experts Knew a Pandemic Was Coming. Here's What They're Worried About Next. - POLITICO - 0 views

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    "The business, political and geopolitical mischief possible with manipulated data, audio or video is almost limitless; think manufactured video of Jeff Bezos-whose personal life has already apparently been the target of sophisticated adversaries and extortion plots-using a racial slur; grainy fake video or audio of Joe Biden admitting to assaulting Tara Reade; grainy video of Trump saying he plans to nuke Iran in one hour; or even Anthony Fauci saying that he's doctoring the Covid death tolls. "
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Coronavirus: US says Russia behind disinformation campaign | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The disinformation campaign promotes unfounded conspiracy theories that the US is behind the new coronavirus outbreak, in an apparent bid to damage America's image around the world."
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$45m, 1.6bn views and 'Crazy Donald': How Bloomberg bought your Facebook feed | US news... - 0 views

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    "In the first six weeks of 2020, more than 1.6bn of the 2.4bn presidential campaign ads shown to US Facebook users were from the Bloomberg campaign. Since launching his campaign in mid-November, the former mayor of New York City has spent nearly $45m on Facebook ads - more than all his opponents combined."
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The Hidden Signs That Can Reveal a Fake Photo - 0 views

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    "A picture may say a thousand words, but what if the photograph has been fabricated? There are ways to spot a fake - you just have to look closely enough."
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Outline - Read & annotate without distractions - 0 views

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    "Doctored images have become a fact of life for political campaigns. When they're disproved, believers 'just don't care.'"
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False claims spread online after Iran missile attack on Iraqi airbases | World news | T... - 0 views

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    "Iran's missile attacks on two Iraqi airbases have been accompanied by a spread of online disinformation, falsely labelled images and claims of news sources being hacked, which have added to jitters in the region regarding the attacks."
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Facebook bans 'deepfake' videos in run-up to US election | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But the policy explicitly covers only misinformation produced using AI, meaning "shallow fakes" - videos made using conventional editing tools - though frequently just as misleading, are still allowed on the platform."
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Facebook's only Dutch factchecker quits over political ad exemption | Technology | The ... - 0 views

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    "The online newspaper Nu.nl had been Facebook's only factchecking partner in the Netherlands since Leiden University dropped out of the programme last year. The website had sole responsibility for marking Facebook and Instagram news content for Dutch users as being false or misleading, in order to help power the social network's tools that suppress distribution of misinformation."
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Could 'fake text' be the next global political threat? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "he foresees fake text being used "for the production of [literal] 'fake news', or to potentially impersonate people who had produced a lot of text online, or simply to generate troll-grade propaganda for social n"
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A new AI tool from Adobe can detect Photoshopped faces / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    ""But we live in a world where it's becoming harder to trust the digital information we consume, and I look forward to further exploring this area of research.""
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Facebook is paying The Daily Telegraph to publish positive stories about Facebook / Boi... - 0 views

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    "Facebook is keeping true to its "be terrible" motto by paying The Daily Telegraph to run a series of sponsored articles praising Facebook."
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A machine-learning system that guesses whether text was produced by machine-learning sy... - 0 views

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    "Automatically produced texts use language models derived from statistical analysis of vast corpuses of human-generated text to produce machine-generated texts that can be very hard for a human to distinguish from text produced by another human. These models could help malicious actors in many ways, including generating convincing spam, reviews, and comments -- so it's really important to develop tools that can help us distinguish between human-generated and machine-generated texts."
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Creative Adversarial Networks: GANs that make art / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The underlying theory is that art evolves "through small alterations to a known style that produce a new one," which, as Ian Bogost (previously) points out, is "a convenient take, given that any machine-learning technique has to base its work on a specific training set.""
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Anti-vaxx 'mobs': doctors face harassment campaigns on Facebook | Technology | The Guar... - 0 views

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    ""The idea that we can have counter-speech when [Facebook] groups become brigade mobs is ludicrous," said Renee DiResta, an expert in online misinformation and co-founder of Vaccinate California. "It makes just participating as an everyday citizen a high-stakes ordeal.""
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Why Momo Challenge panic won't go away - 0 views

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    ""Urban legends are projections of society's anxieties, hopes, fears, and worries," says Blank. "In today's society we have societal anxiety about what our kids are doing on the internet, the amount of control and information that's available to kids nowadays, societal fears about cyberbullying and how people are managing their mental health online, especially for kids." "The Momo story reflects that anxiety of what is it our kids are doing online," continued Blank."
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Facebook's content moderation a mess, employees outraged, contractors have PTSD: Report... - 0 views

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    "Of all the disturbing parts of this @CaseyNewton piece about Facebook content reviewers -- and there are many -- the one about people slowly coming to believe the conspiracy theories sticks with me https://t.co/ulDx3PEaWa"
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New AI fake text generator may be too dangerous to release, say creators | Technology |... - 0 views

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    "The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can write news stories and works of fiction - dubbed "deepfakes for text" - have taken the unusual step of not releasing their research publicly, for fear of potential misuse."
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