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What Cops Understand About Copyright Filters: They Prevent Legal Speech

EFF: ““You can record all you want. I just know it can’t be posted to YouTube,” said an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy to an activist. “I am playing my music so that you can’t post on YouTube.” The tactic didn’t work—the video of his statement can in fact, as of this writing, be viewed on… Continue Reading

The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online

The New York Times: “Dr. Mercola, 67, an osteopathic physician in Cape Coral, Fla., has long been a subject of criticism and government regulatory actions for his promotion of unproven or unapproved treatments. But most recently, he has become the chief spreader of coronavirus misinformation online, according to researchers. An internet-savvy entrepreneur who employs dozens,… Continue Reading

Staring at a screen for too long can actually make you feel sick

Fast Company: “…Cybersickness refers to a cluster of symptoms that occur in the absence of physical motion, similar to motion sickness. These symptoms fall into three categories: nausea, oculomotor issues, and general disorientation. Oculomotor symptoms, like eye strain, fatigue, and headaches, involve overworking the nerve that controls eye movement. Disorientation can manifest as dizziness and… Continue Reading

Future of 600,000 books being culled by National Library

1 News New Zealand: “I think it’s a really exciting opportunity because it means that we’re maintaining access to these books and it hasn’t cost the New Zealand taxpayer money, that it’s actually improved access not just for us but globally,” Te Pouhuaki national librarian Rachel Esson told 1 NEWS. The books are overseas publications… Continue Reading

Internet Futures – Spotlight on the technologies which may shape the Internet of the future

Ofcam: “People across the world use the Internet for a wide range of purposes, and the technology that drives these services is constantly evolving. Our lives have been profoundly impacted by the Internet and the web – these two inventions have made the world a more connected but complex place. Billions of people are now… Continue Reading

Institutional Authority Has Vanished. Wikipedia Points to the Answer

NextGov: “What the United States needs if it hopes to combat misinformation is a better system for communicating with the public—a system that keeps up with continuous changes in scientific knowledge; that incorporates expertise from people in a variety of fields, not just those anointed with official titles at well-known institutions; and that weaves dissenting… Continue Reading

The Institute for Rebooting Social Media

“The Institute for Rebooting Social Media is a three-year, “pop-up” research initiative to accelerate progress towards addressing social media’s most urgent problems, including misinformation, privacy breaches, harassment, and content governance. By convening participants across industry, government, civil society, and academia in focused, timebound collaboration, the Institute will build a portfolio of research, projects, programming, and… Continue Reading

Facebook and YouTube spent a year fighting covid misinformation

Washington Post – “It’s still spreading. The social media giants have struggled to find and take down anti-vaccine propaganda. But medical misinformation has thrived on their platforms for years. On YouTube, the accounts of six out of 12 anti-vaccine activists identified by the Center for Countering Digital Hate as being responsible for creating more than… Continue Reading