Telegram

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/17/russia-blocks-millions-of-ip-addresses-in-battle-against-telegram-app

Telegram is widely used by the Russian political establishment, and prominent politicians and officials have openly flouted or criticised the ban. Data from the app showed several Kremlin officials had continued to sign in on Tuesday evening, four days after a court ordered the service to be blocked over alleged terrorism concerns.

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower living in Russia, also came out in support of Telegram’s founder, Pavel Durov, on Tuesday, tweeting: “I have criticized @telegram’s security model in the past, but @Durov’s response to the Russian government’s totalitarian demand for backdoor access to private communications – refusal and resistance – is the only moral response, and shows real leadership.”

My note: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LIB290/permalink/759252774273629/

both #socialmedia and #global issue #Telegram is making #headline again:
This time in regard of #Putin‘s government #censorship to its own people.
Last time the access to the #encryption code of Telegram was discussed in regard to extremist using Telegram to communicate: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/isis-telegram-app_us_59259…
What is your opinion about finding the balance between users (ISIS extremist but also political dissidents) rights and government intervention?

twitter bots

Bots in the Twittersphere

An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings

APRIL 9, 2018 http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/04/09/bots-in-the-twittersphere/

The role of so-called social media “bots” – automated accounts capable of posting content or interacting with other users with no direct human involvement – has been the subject of much scrutiny and attention in recent years. These accounts can play a valuable part in the social media ecosystem by answering questions about a variety of topics in real time or providing automated updates about news stories or events. At the same time, they can also be used to attempt to alter perceptions of political discourse on social media, spread misinformation, or manipulate online rating and review systems. As social media has attained an increasingly prominent position in the overall news and information environment, bots have been swept up in the broader debate over Americans’ changing news habits, the tenor of online discourse and the prevalence of “fake news” online.

 

Nestle Michigan Water

Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It

April 3, 20185:01 PM ET  https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/03/599207550/michigan-oks-nestl-water-extraction-despite-over-80k-public-comments-against-it

Nestlé’s request to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to pump 576,000 gallons of water each day from the White Pine Springs well in the Great Lakes Basin was “highly controversial,” member station Michigan Radio reports. But despite deep public opposition, the agency concluded that the company’s plan met with legal standards.

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dating scams in social media as global issue

Dating scams now are becoming a global issues, thanks to social media.

Here are some resources to study, if of interest for you. Please contribute with your sources.

popular media:

FTC: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2015/07/faking-it-scammers-tricks-steal-your-heart-and-money

FBI: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/sandiego/news/press-releases/fbi-warns-of-online-dating-scams

https://www.wikihow.com/Spot-an-Online-Dating-Scammer

peer-reviewed articles

Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2016). The online dating romance scam: The psychological impact on victims – both financial and non-financial. Criminology & Criminal Justice: An International Journal16(2), 176-194. doi:10.1177/1748895815603773

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Kopp C, Sillitoe J, Gondal I, Layton R. THE ONLINE ROMANCE SCAM: A COMPLEX TWO-LAYER SCAM. Journal Of Psychological & Educational Research [serial online]. November 2016;24(2):144-161. Available from: Academic Search Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed April 3, 2018.

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Whitty, M. T., & Buchanan, T. (2012). The Online Romance Scam: A Serious Cybercrime. Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking15(3), 181-183. doi:10.1089/cyber.2011.0352

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data misuse

This Is So Much Bigger Than Facebook

Data misuse is a feature, not a bug—and it’s plaguing our entire culture.

ETHAN ZUCKERMAN 

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/data-misuse-bigger-than-facebook/556310

In the 17-months-long conversation Americans have been having about social media’s effects on democracy, two distinct sets of problems have emerged. The ones getting the most attention are bad-actor problems—where someone breaks the rules and manipulates a social-media system for their own nefarious ends. Macedonian teenagers create sensational and false content to profit from online ad sales. Disinformation experts plan rallies and counterrallies, calling Americans into the streets to scream at each other. Botnets amplify posts and hashtags, building the appearance of momentum behind online campaigns like #releasethememo. Such problems are the charismatic megafauna of social-media dysfunction.

People are mean online, and bullying, harassment, and mob behavior make online spaces unusable for many people. People tend to get stuck in cocoons of unchallenging, ideologically compatible information online, whether these are “filter bubbles” created by algorithms, or simply echo chambers built through homophily and people’s friendships with “birds of a feather.” Conspiracy theories thrive online, and searching for information can quickly lead to extreme and disturbing content.

If you want to know more about who’s watching you, download Ghostery, a browser extension that tracks and can block these “third-party” trackers.

We need an ecosystem that encourages competitors to existing social-media platforms, which means ensuring a right to export data from existing social networks and new software that lets us experiment with new services while maintaining contacts on existing ones. We need to treat personally identifiable information less like a resource to be exploited and more like toxic waste, which must be carefully managed, as Maciej Ceglowski has proposed. This may require a digital EPA, as Franklin FoerPaul Ford, and others have argued—a prospect that would be more appealing if the actual EPA wasn’t currently being gutted.

Tribalism, manipulation, and misinformation are well-established forces in American politics, all predating the web. But something fundamental has changed. Never before have we had the technological infrastructure to support the weaponization of emotion on a global scale. The people who built this infrastructure have a moral obligation to own up to what they’ve done.

 

YouTube Wikipedia Fake News

Youtube has just announced that it will link to text—Wikipedia!—to help counter conspiracy theories spreading on its platform? https://lnkd.in/e4v_d-K

https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C4E05AQG3QpdHBXWT_Q/06fc904795244705a5608aeaf0aacccf/feedshare-mp4_500/1479932728445-v0ch3x?e=1521406800&v=alpha&t=IY_plFjlydLHhjhdPeLcSQPm9CrHGqabFoHK9PNxAxg

social media blocked by government

Sri Lanka blocks social media as deadly violence continues

Reports of attack on Buddhist temple sparks anti-Muslim riots in Kandy district

Facebook and other social media services were blocked or restricted across Sri Lanka on Wednesday afternoon to prevent the spread of anti-Muslim posts the government said were helping to fuel the violence, which it has blamed on hardline Buddhist groups accused of bussing supporters into the district.

Russia eternal president

How Russia’s Eternal President Has Changed His Country

Russians will be going to the polls on March 18, but it is already clear who will emerge victorious. Vladimir Putin has been at the helm for almost 20 years — both dramatically changing his country and subjugating it at the same time.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/the-vladimir-putin-system-russia-and-its-eternal-president-a-1197076.html

Vladimir Putin has been in power for almost two decades, longer even than Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet general secretary whose tenure seemed eternal. An entire generation of Russians has grown up knowing nothing other than Putin’s Russia.

“Authoritarianism from below,” is how some people refer to the model

Navalny is a charismatic populist. He can get a crowd behind him quicker than anyone else in Russia. And he is a quick study. He now links his favorite issue — the corruption of Putin’s elite — with the growing economic misery in the country.

The president needs to begin arranging for a successor, given that he’s not allowed to run for re-election in 2024. But it appears he considers himself to be irreplaceable. It isn’t clear which path he will ultimately choose: That of pulling a successor out of a hat on the eve of the election six years from now. Or that of having the constitution amended to either get rid of term limitations or to create a new supreme state office.

My note: today, the Chinese President beat Putin by the authoritarian decision: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/11/asia/china-presidential-term-limits-intl/index.html

One of those startups is Tryfit, which produces foot scanners for the athletic shoe industry. The company’s founder went to university in both Ireland and Russia and lives in Silicon Valley in California, commuting regularly to Skolkovo. The company is registered in Dublin. It is a business model that can only work if Russia and the West remain open to each other. But shifting priorities in the Kremlin and estrangement from the West haven’t been good for Skolkovo.