Posts Tagged ‘#fakenews’

fake social media accounts and politicians

Roger Stone Bought Hundreds of Fake Facebook Accounts to Promote His WikiLeaks Narrative from r/technology

https://gizmodo.com/roger-stone-bought-hundreds-of-fake-facebook-accounts-t-1843161716

The documents also reveal that Stone had run a mini-sock puppet outfit with hundreds of fake Facebook accounts

The documents claim that investigators are still unaware of what’s in his WhatsApp, Signal, Wickr, and ProtonMail logs. More importantly, what was the Swash Buckler up to?

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more on fake news in this IMS blog
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algorithm literacy

Report: Colleges Must Teach ‘Algorithm Literacy’ to Help Students Navigate Internet

By Rebecca Koenig     Jan 16, 2020

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2020-01-16-report-colleges-must-teach-algorithm-literacy-to-help-students-navigate-internet

Project Information Literacy, a nonprofit research institution that explores how college students find, evaluate and use information. It was commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Harvard Graduate School of Education.

focus groups and interviews with 103 undergraduates and 37 faculty members from eight U.S. colleges.

To better equip students for the modern information environment, the report recommends that faculty teach algorithm literacy in their classrooms. And given students’ reliance on learning from their peers when it comes to technology, the authors also suggest that students help co-design these learning experiences.

Algorithms and Media Literacy

While informed and critically aware media users may see past the resulting content found in suggestions provided after conducting a search on YouTube, Facebook, or Google, those without these skills, particularly young or inexperienced users, fail to realize the culpability of underlying algorithms in the resultant filter bubbles and echo chambers (Cohen, 2018).
Media literacy education is more important than ever. It’s not just the overwhelming calls to understand the effects of fake news or addressing data breaches threatening personal information, it is the artificial intelligence systems being designed to predict and project what is perceived to be what consumers of social media want.
it’s time to revisit the Eight Key Concepts of media literacy with an algorithmic focus.
Literacy in today’s online and offline environments “means being able to use the dominant symbol systems of the culture for personal, aesthetic, cultural, social, and political goals” (Hobbs & Jensen, 2018, p 4).

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Information Literacy in an Age of Algorithms from Kristen Yarmey

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Artificial Intelligence Literacy from Rogelio E. Cardona-Rivera

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more on media literacy in this IMS blog
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims?s=media+literacy

more on news literacy in this IMS blog
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fake news prevention

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-12-27-fighting-fake-news-in-the-classroom

PISA scores were recently released, and results of the international test revealed that only 14 percent of U.S. students were able to reliably distinguish between fact and opinion.

according to Pew Research Center, 68 percent of American adults get their news from social media—platforms where opinion is often presented as fact. While Facebook and other social media outlets have pledged to tackle fake news, the results are lackluster.

Even on seemingly-serious websites, credibility is not a given. When I was in middle and high school, we were taught that we could trust .org websites. Now, with the practice of astroturfing, responsible consumers of information must dig deeper and go further to verify the legitimacy of information. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astroturfing

Experiences like these, where students are challenged to consider the validity of information and sort what’s real from what’s fake, would better prepare them not only to be savvier consumers of news, but also to someday digest contradictory information to make complicated decisions about their own health care, finances or civic engagement.

freely available resources to help educators teach how to vet information and think critically about real-world topics.

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more fake news in this IMS blog
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Facebook deep fake

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/07/facebook-bans-deepfake-videos-in-run-up-to-us-election

Some news organisations, including the BBCNew York Times and Buzzfeed have made their own “deepfake” videos, ostensibly to spread awareness about the techniques. Those videos, while of varying quality, have all contained clear statements that they are fake.

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more on deep fake in this IMS blog
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reliable information sources

10 Journalism Brands Where You Find Real Facts Rather Than Alternative Facts

https://www.forbes.com/sites/berlinschoolofcreativeleadership/2017/02/01/10-journalism-brands-where-you-will-find-real-facts-rather-than-alternative-facts/#211616b7e9b5

Feb 1, 2017 Paul Glader

The Poynter Institute – an enlightened non-profit in St. Petersburg, Fla., that has an ownership role in the Tampa Bay Times and provides research, training and educational resources on journalism – provides many excellent online modules to help citizens improve their news media literacy.

citizens should support local and regional publications that hew to ethical journalism standards and cover local government entities.

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/
  2. https://www.wsj.com/
  3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/
  4. http://www.bbc.com/news
  5. http://www.economist.com/
  6. http://www.newyorker.com/
  7. Wire Services: The Associated PressReutersBloomberg News
  8. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/
  9. https://www.theatlantic.com/
  10. http://www.politico.com/

Runners Up:

– National Public Radio

– TIME magazine

-The Christian Science Monitor

– The Los Angeles Times (and many other regional, metropolitan daily newspapers)

– USA Today

– CNN

– NBC News

– CBS News

– ABC News

Business News Sources:

– FORBES magazine

– Bloomberg BusinessWeek magazine

– Fortune magazine

– The Financial Times newspaper

Sources of reporting and opinion from the right of the political spectrum:

  • National Review
  • The Weekly Standard

Sources of reporting and opinion from the left of the political spectrum:

– The New Republic

– The Nation

 

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more on fake news in this IMS blog
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