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3 new tools to study and counter online disinformation

Indiana University Bloomington: “Researchers at CNetS, IUNI, and the Indiana University Observatory on Social Media have launched upgrades to two tools playing a major role in countering the spread of misinformation online: Hoaxy and Botometer.  A third tool Fakey — an educational game designed to make people smarter news consumers — also launches with the upgrades. Hoaxy is a search engine that shows users how stories from low-credibility sources spread on Twitter. Botometer is an app that assigns a score to Twitter users based on the likelihood that the account is automated. The two tools are not integrated so that one can now easily detect when information is spreading virally, and who is responsible for its spread. Hoaxy and Botometer currently process hundreds of thousands of daily online queries. The technology has enabled researchers, including a team at IU, to study how information flows online in the presence of bots. Examples are a study on the cover of the March issue of Science that analyzed the spread of false news on Twitter and an analysis from the Pew Research Center in April that found that nearly two-thirds of the links to popular websites on Twitter are shared by automated accounts. Fakey is a web and mobile news literacy game that mixes news stories with false reports, clickbait headlines, conspiracy theories and “junk science.” Players earn points by “fact-checking” false information and liking or sharing accurate stories. The project, led by IU graduate student Mihai Avram, was created to help people develop responsible social media consumption habits. An Android app is available, and an iOS versions will launch shortly…”

WaPo More than 210,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine

The wider more accurate statistics and graphics on how gun violence has impacted students in American schools since Columbine [1999]: “The Washington Post has spent the past year determining how many children have been exposed to gun violence during school hours since the Columbine High massacre in 1999. Beyond the dead and wounded, children who… Continue Reading

TV Academy launches new free searchable website of historic interviews

“The Television Academy Foundation has launched its new website for The Interviews: An Oral History of Television, (TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews), featuring never-before-seen interviews with many of television’s most beloved stars, show creators and behind-the-scenes innovators.It is the world’s largest such collection available online. For more than 20 years the Foundation has been recording and preserving the first-person… Continue Reading

Stanford Law’s Center for Internet and Society Launches World Intermediary Liability Map 2.0

“The World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap) is an online resource informing the public about evolving Internet regulation shaping Intermediary Liability and Internet users’ rights worldwide. The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, along with an amazing team of contributors, built this organized, searchable compendium of laws and legal resources from countries around the… Continue Reading

Study – The academic papers researchers regard as significant are not those that are highly cited

London School of Economics Impact Blog (LSE) – ‘For many years, academia has relied on citation count as the main way to measure the impact or importance of research, informing metrics such as the Impact Factor and the h-index. But how well do these metrics actually align with researchers’ subjective evaluation of impact and significance? Rachel… Continue Reading

Ireland’s Open Data Portal

Ireland launches the third version of their national data portal DATA.GOV.IE – Promoting innovation and transparency through the publication of Irish Public Sector data in open, free and reusable formats. “A new and improved version of the national Open Data portal, data.gov.ie was recently launched. It is the third iteration of the portal now using… Continue Reading

Number of Foreign College Students Staying and Working in U.S. After Graduation Surges

Federal training program sees 400% increase in foreign students graduating and working in STEM fields from 2008 to 2016: “Between 2004 and 2016, nearly 1.5 million foreign graduates of U.S. colleges and universities obtained authorization to remain and work in the U.S. through the federal government’s Optional Practical Training program (OPT). More than half (53%)… Continue Reading

What are the ten most cited sources on Wikipedia? Let’s ask the data.

Wikimedia: “Citations are the foundation of Wikipedia’s reliability: they trace the connection between content added by our community of volunteer contributors and its sources. For readers, citations provide a mechanism to validate and check for themselves that what Wikipedia says is sound and trustworthy: they act as a gateway towards a broader ecosystem of reliable… Continue Reading

Remember when we always put two spaces between sentences – there was a good reason

Washington Post: One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.: “A paper published in the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics aims to settle the hotly debated typographical question citing new research that made use of eye-tracking equipment.” Please read this article directly as it is written using fonts and spaces than… Continue Reading

Paper – A Value-Added Ranking of Law Schools

Ryan, CJ, A Value-Added Ranking of Law Schools (March 20, 2018). AccessLex Institute Research Paper No. 18-05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2623728 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2623728 “Before and since the first publication of the U.S. News & World Report (hereinafter “U.S. News”) rankings of law schools, legal education has been characterized by competition. As the first mover in… Continue Reading

Art Impact International – Gallery Showing and Opening Reception May 3, 2018

“Art Impact™ International is pleased to announce our Third Annual Juried Exhibition “GOLDEN”. “This beautiful show is scheduled for National American Elders Month, May 2018. As Art Impact advocates global citizenship, this month-long exhibition features 81 Artists from 14 countries including Canada, Ethiopia, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and South Africa. [This link includes photos and bios… Continue Reading

Origin of our species: Why humans were once so much more diverse

New Scientist – The idea that all humans evolved from a small population in East Africa turns out to be wrong. Our beginnings were far stranger and more colourful. “…if you were to travel back to the very beginnings of our species and select a random group of humans, they would look unlike anyone living… Continue Reading