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Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 22, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 22, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: What is doxxing? How to protect yourself from it; #Protect2020 Rumor vs. Reality; The Best VPN Service Providers Of 2020; and Your Computer Isn’t Yours.

Information Overload Helps Fake News Spread, and Social Media Knows It

Scientific American: “…We prefer information from people we trust, our in-group. We pay attention to and are more likely to share information about risks—for Andy, the risk of losing his job. We search for and remember things that fit well with what we already know and understand. These biases are products of our evolutionary past,… Continue Reading

Here’s how to ‘fleet’ with Twitter’s new disappearing tweet feature

Fast Company – “Twitter is now catering to the commitment phobic. This morning, the company launched Fleets—a portmanteau of “fleeting” and “tweets”—which exit only for 24 hours. The feature is an effort to engage more people on the social media platform, because Fleets feel less public and less permanent, especially for those new to Twitter.… Continue Reading

Social media promised to connect us, but made us isolated and tribal instead

Fast Company – “A psychologist who studies anxiety and stress explains how to cope during an increasingly divisive time…Human thinking itself has been transformed. It’s now more difficult for us to grasp the “big picture.” A book is a long read these days, too much for some people. Scrolling and swiping culture has reduced our… Continue Reading

Taiwan Is Beating Political Disinformation. The West Can Too.

Foreign Policy – “…Taiwan takes a whole-of-society approach to fighting disinformation. Its civic technology community works with social media companies, like the island’s popular messaging service Line, to identify, debunk, and downrank viral conspiracy theories on social media platforms. When someone comes across a news story that sounds fishy, they can send it to the… Continue Reading

How Approaches to Teaching Digital Literacy Make Students Susceptible to Scammers, Rogues, Bad Actors, and Hate Mongers

Sam Wineburg, Joel Breakstone, Nadav Ziv, and Mark Smith, “Educating for Misunderstanding: How Approaches to Teaching Digital Literacy Make Students Susceptible to Scammers, Rogues, Bad Actors, and Hate Mongers” (Working Paper A-21322, Stanford History Education Group, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2020). https://purl.stanford.edu/mf412bt5333 – “Russian troll farms sow disinformation. Fake news runs amok on social media. Bots… Continue Reading

Trump will lose his Twitter ‘public interest’ protections in January

The Verge – “President Donald Trump will lose Twitter privileges he enjoys as a world leader when President-Elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20th, 2021. Twitter confirmed that Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account will be subject to the same rules as any other user — including bans on inciting violence and posting false information about voting… Continue Reading

Evaluating the fake news problem at the scale of the information ecosystem

Evaluating the fake news problem at the scale of the information ecosystem. Science Advances 03 Apr 2020: Vol. 6, no. 14, eaay3539 DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aay3539 “Fake news,” broadly defined as false or misleading information masquerading as legitimate news, is frequently asserted to be pervasive online with serious consequences for democracy. Using a unique multimode dataset that… Continue Reading

Stop. Don’t Share That Election Rumor.

The New York Times – How to handle online voting misinformation or isolated cases of election problems. “Election Day is filled with unknowns. One thing we can count on like clockwork is seeing some of the familiar flavors of false or misleading information circulating online. My colleague Sheera Frenkel wrote that Americans on Tuesday may… Continue Reading

Election 2020: How to spot misinformation while you wait for results

CNET – “As expected, Tuesday night didn’t bring a final result in the presidential election, so we’re still targets for people trying to confuse the issue. The 2020 presidential election wasn’t over when the polls closed on Tuesday night. Calling the winner — President Donald Trump or challenger Joe Biden — is taking longer than… Continue Reading