<billions> Links - 25 Sep to 25 Oct 2019

Sam de Silva sam at commonedge.com.au
Fri Oct 25 12:06:50 CEST 2019

As usual - there’s an open invite for folks on this list to share their own findings/research or other information relate to the impacts of social media and digital networks...

TikTok app poses potential national security risk, says senior Democrat - Guardian 25/Oct/2019 - ...we ask that the intelligence community conduct an assessment of the national security risks posed by TikTok and other China-based content platforms operating in the US and brief Congress on these findings - www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/oct/24/tiktok-foreign-interference-chuck-schumer-tom-cotton

Men Accused During India's #MeToo Are Now Turning Social Media Against the Survivors - Vice 24/Oct/2019 - The very purpose and power of social media—anonymity—is under threat, and it remains to be seen how it will damage the global movement. https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/bjwbdz/men-accused-during-india-metoo-are-now-turning-social-media-google-instagram-against-the-survivors <https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/bjwbdz/men-accused-during-india-metoo-are-now-turning-social-media-google-instagram-against-the-survivors>

Facebook’s Zuckerberg, Accused of Lying, Withstands a Washington ‘Beating’ - NYT - 23/Oct/2019 - Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, traveled to Washington to defend a cryptocurrency project that has become the latest target of lawmakers frustrated with the social media giant. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/23/technology/facebook-zuckerberg-libra-congress.html

India moves closer to regulating internet services as it fears ‘unimaginable disruption to democracy’ - TechCrunch 22/Oct/2019 - India said on Monday that it is moving ahead with its plan to revise existing rules to regulate intermediaries — social media apps and others that rely on users to create their content — as they are causing “unimaginable disruption” to democracy. https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/21/india-intermediary-internet-social-regulation/

Facebook's Plan for 2020 Is Too Little, Too Late, Critics Say - Wired 22/Oct/2019 - The key question, researchers say, is enforcement, what Donovan calls “the Achilles heel of all of these platform companies.” She says Facebook issues many policies related to hate speech, misinformation, and election integrity. “But if they’re not willing to enforce those rules—especially on politicians, PACs, and super PACs—then they haven’t really done anything.” https://www.wired.com/story/facebooks-plan-2020-little-late/

WhatsApp is the medium of choice for older Nigerians spreading fake news - Quartz 23/Oct/2019 - In a recent report <https://www.cddwestafrica.org/whatsapp-nigeria-2019-elections/> by the Center for Democracy and Development and the University of Birmingham on WhatsApp’s role during Nigeria’s February elections, some respondents cited parents and grandparents as the “biggest sharers” of misinformation. https://qz.com/africa/1688521/whatsapp-increases-the-spread-of-fake-news-among-older-nigerians/

Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech - NYT 17/Oct2019 - In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less — as his company has been assailed for allowing lies and falsehoods to appear. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/business/zuckerberg-facebook-free-speech.html

Engineering global consent: the Chinese Communist Party’s data-driven power expansion - ASPI / The Strategist - 14/Oct/2019 - he Chinese party-state’s technology-enhanced authoritarianism is expanding globally. But the way it’s doing it isn’t always distinctly coercive or overtly invasive. https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/engineering-global-consent-the-chinese-communist-partys-data-driven-power-expansion/

French plan to scan social media for tax fraud causes alarm The Guardian - 2/Oct/2019 - The French parliament is to debate proposals for a three-year trial during which the tax office’s computer system would collect information on peoples’ lifestyles from social media accounts such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and also monitor their activity on sites such as eBay and the French site Le Bon Coin. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/01/french-plan-to-scan-social-media-for-tax-causes-alarm

TikTok—Yes, TikTok—Is the Latest Window Into China’s Police State - Wired 25/Sep/2019 - Erkin, Yasin, and the other Uyghur online activists are using TikTok to challenge China’s claims that it has deescalated its surveillance and detention activities in Xinjiang. https://www.wired.com/story/tiktok-is-the-latest-window-into-chinas-police-state

Deep Fakes and Cheap Fakes - Data&Society - 18/Sep/2019 - New media technologies do not inherently change how evidence works in society. What they do is provide new opportunities for the negotiation of expertise, and therefore power. - https://datasociety.net/output/deepfakes-and-cheap-fakes/
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