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Wired – The Golden Age of Free Speech?

It’s the [Democracy-Poisoning] Golden Age of Free Speech: “..In today’s networked environment, when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, it would seem that censorship ought to be impossible. This should be the golden age of free speech. And sure, it is a golden age of free speech—if you can believe your lying eyes. Is that footage you’re watching real? Was it really filmed where and when it says it was? Is it being shared by alt-right trolls or a swarm of Russian bots? Was it maybe even generated with the help of artificial intelligence? (Yes, there are systems that can create increasingly convincing fake videos.)..Here’s how this golden age of speech actually works: In the 21st century, the capacity to spread ideas and reach an audience is no longer limited by access to expensive, centralized broadcasting infrastructure. It’s limited instead by one’s ability to garner and distribute attention. And right now, the flow of the world’s attention is structured, to a vast and overwhelming degree, by just a few digital platforms: Facebook, Google (which owns YouTube), and, to a lesser extent, Twitter…”

Bloomberg and Twitter Launch TicToc 24/7 Global Social News Network

PR Newswire: “Bloomberg Media and Twitter today launched TicToc by Bloomberg, the first-ever 24/7 global news network built for a social media platform that targets the next generation of on-the-go, mobile-first news consumers. TicToc by Bloomberg combines the global news gathering capabilities of Bloomberg’s 2,700 journalists and analysts across 120 countries, with the digital power… Continue Reading

Twitter enables threading of tweets to increase length of postings

Twitter Blog: “…we’re thrilled to share that we’re making it simpler to thread Tweets together, and to find threads, so it’s easier to express yourself on Twitter and stay informed. We’ve made it easy to create a thread by adding a plus button in the composer, so you can connect your thoughts and publish your… Continue Reading

Politico – highest posting twitter accounts by US elected official and hashtags from activist orgs

“YEAR-END NUMBERS FROM TWITTER — Top tweeted U.S. elected officials: 1. @RealDonaldTrump … 2. @VP … 3. @SpeakerRyan … 4. @BarackObama … 5. @TedLieu … 6. @SenJohnMcCain … 7. @SenWarren … 8. @SenateMajLdr 9. … @SenSanders … 10. @SenSchumer … Top tweeted news outlets and the top tweeted journalist/commentator at each: 1. @FoxNews — @SeanHannity… Continue Reading

BeSpacific – ABA Best 100 Law Blogs 2017 and Expert Witness Best Legal Tech Blog 2017

I am starting this post with a deeply appreciative and respectful Thank You to Robert Ambrogi who has logged 15 years and counting of blogging at his legendary Law Sites. Bob’s unflagging support has been a touchstone for me as I too completed 15 years of blogging here at my site, BeSpacific. In a welcome follow-up… Continue Reading

Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning

Poynter – Melody Kramer: “If you searched Google immediately after the recent mass shooting in Texas for information on the gunman, you would have seen what Justin Hendrix, the head of the NYC Media Lab, called a “misinformation gutter.” A spokesperson for Google later gave a statement to Gizmodo that placed blame squarely on an… Continue Reading

Twitter postings are now 240 characters for most users

Twitter blog posting, November 7, 2017: “In September, we launched a test that expanded the 140 character limit so every person around the world could express themselves easily in a Tweet. Our goal was to make this possible while ensuring we keep the speed and brevity that makes Twitter, Twitter. Looking at all the data,… Continue Reading

BeSpacific nominated as one of Best Legal Tech Blogs 2017 – please vote

Dear Friends/Colleagues/Readers – BeSpacific has been nominated again this year in the The Expert Institute’s – Best Legal Tech Blogs category. It will take less than one minute to complete your vote, and it really does count. The research conducted to publish this blog every day requires considerable analysis on a wide range of subject… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Stay Up To Date With These Legal Technology Blogs

Via LLRX – Stay Up To Date With These Legal Technology Blogs – Attorney, legal tech expert, blogger and author Nicole Black suggests reading and subscribing to subject specific blogs to both stay abreast of growing changes in legal technology and to meet attorney ethical obligations specific to 28 jurisdictions. Continue Reading

Why blogs endure: A study of recent college graduates and motivations for blog readership

Why blogs endure: A study of recent college graduates and motivations for blog readership, Alison J. Head, Michele Van Hoeck, Kirsten Hostetler. First Monday, Volume 22, Number 10 – 2 October 2017. “This paper reports the results from a mixed methods study of recent college graduates who were asked if and why they used blogs… Continue Reading

Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter

Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through the Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter, Kate Starbird, University of Washington, HCDE. [email protected] “This research explores the alternative media ecosystem through a Twitter lens. Over a ten-month period, we collected tweets related to alternative narratives—e.g. conspiracy theories—of mass shooting events. We utilized tweeted URLs… Continue Reading

Alliance for Securing Democracy – Hamilton 68: A New Tool to Track Russian Disinformation on Twitter

“The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), will develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir… Continue Reading