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Disinformation ‘works better than censorship,’ warns internet freedom report

Disinformation ‘works better than censorship,’ warns internet freedom report A rise in social media surveillance, warrantless searches of travelers’ devices at the border, and the continued spread of disinformation are among the reasons why the U.S. has declined in internet freedom rankings, according to a leading non-profit watchdog. Although Freedom House said […]

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UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules

UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules A controversial UK government scheme to introduce mandatary age checks for accessing online pornography has been dropped — for now. Introduction of the measure, which was intended to protect children from accessing inappropriate content online, had already been delayed […]

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The portrait of an avatar as a young artist

The portrait of an avatar as a young artist Alice Lloyd George Contributor Share on Twitter Alice Lloyd George is an early stage investor based in New York and the host of Flux, a series of podcast conversations with leaders in frontier technology. More posts by this contributor Matt Cauble on changing […]

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This game uses troll tactics to teach critical thinking

This game uses troll tactics to teach critical thinking The best medicine against online disinformation is an informed society that’s thinking critically. The problem is there are no shortcuts to universal education. Enter Finnish Public Broadcasting Company, Yle, which is hoping to harness the engagement power of gamification to accelerate awareness and […]

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Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs

Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids […]

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Reps from DHS, the FBI and the ODNI met with tech companies at Facebook to talk election security

Reps from DHS, the FBI and the ODNI met with tech companies at Facebook to talk election security Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security met with counterparts at tech companies including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter to […]

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Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media

Reports say White House has drafted an order putting the FCC in charge of monitoring social media The White House is contemplating issuing an executive order that would widen its attack on the operations of social media companies. The White House has prepared an executive order called “Protecting Americans From Online Censorship” […]

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Facebook will not remove deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian and others from Instagram

Facebook will not remove deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian and others from Instagram Facebook will not remove the faked videos featuring Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump from Instagram, the company said in a statement. Earlier today, Vice News reported on the existence of videos created by the artists […]

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Facebook can be told to cast a wider net to find illegal content, says EU court advisor

Facebook can be told to cast a wider net to find illegal content, says EU court advisor How much of an obligation should social media platforms be under to hunt down illegal content? An influential advisor to Europe’s top court has taken the view that social media platforms like Facebook can be […]

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UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation

UK Internet attitudes study finds public support for social media regulation UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a new joint report and stat-fest on Internet attitudes and usage with the national data protection watchdog, the ICO — a quantitative study to be published annually which they’re calling the Online Nation report. The […]

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