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Americans think social media can help build movements, but can also be a distraction

BY BROOKE AUXIER AND COLLEEN MCCLAIN Social media platforms are important for political and social activists. But while most Americans believe these platforms are an effective tool for raising awareness and creating sustained movements, majorities also believe they are a distraction and lull people into believing they are making a difference when they’re not, according to a new Pew […]

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Lets Talk Privacy

Dear All,  We are excited to announce the release of Project Let’s Talk Privacy, a research initiative hosted by MIT’s Center for Civic Media exploring how implementation of privacy and data governance policies might impact people and communities in practice. “Let’s Talk Privacy” reflects our work in engaging a more diverse set of voices into conversations around privacy and data […]

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Social-Media Companies ‘Threaten Democracy’

Aug 27, 2019 | 70 videos Video by The Atlantic Today social-media companies such as Facebook and Twitter are the gatekeepers of meaningful freedom of speech. This is problematic, the New York Law School professor Nadine Strossen argues, because these companies often self-regulate in ways that violate the First Amendment. https://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/596926/free-speech-social-media/

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Many trust what their friends post on social media more than experts, poll claims Researchers warn of the dangers of ruling out the cleverest as they can assist in helping us understand issues Facebook is seen as more reliable than experts, according to a new poll.  Fewer than 40 per cent of the 2,000 British adults […]

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How Social Media Companies Need To Address Disinformation Globally

Michael Posner Civil society and rights groups in Myanmar said Facebook has failed to adequately act against online hate speech that incites violence against the country’s Muslim minorities, neglecting to effectively enforce its own rules. FUTURISM.CON Political activists and autocratic governments are misusing the Internet to distribute massive amounts of deliberately false information. This harmful content […]

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Social media skepticism helping fuel distrust of the internet, survey finds

Jim Bronskill / The Canadian Press JUNE 10, 2019 09:05 PM  A woman surfs the internet in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday, December, 19, 2012. A new global survey suggests distrust of the internet is being fuelled by growing skepticism of social media services like Facebook and Twitter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward OTTAWA — A new global […]

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U.S. Requiring Social Media Information From Visa Applicants

By Sandra E. Garcia, https://www.nytimes.com/ June 2, 2019 Visa applicants to the United States are required to submit any information about social media accounts they have used in the past five years under a State Department policy that started on Friday. Such account information would give the government access to photos, locations, dates of birth, dates […]

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China’s Big Social Experiment

The Real Story In 2014, the Chinese government issued a document aimed at increasing the amount of ‘trust’ in society. Today this emerging system is known as China’s social credit system – like a credit score but tracking more than financial transactions. China’s central government wants to have the system in place across China by […]