#Cyberculture agenda: @MarietjeSchaake writes: “What Can America Learn from Europe About Regulating Big Tech?

I am so honored. She follows me on Twitter for ages!

When the Dutch politician Marietje Schaake arrived in Silicon Valley, she realized just how bizarre American thinking about the industry had become.Photograph by Linelle Deunk / Lumen Photo


The New Yorker – Nick Romeo – Aug 18, 3:00 AM

Last October, a couple of days before joining Stanford University as the international policy director at the Cyber Policy Center, Marietje Schaake, a former member of the European Parliament, spoke alongside Eric Schmidt, the ex-C.E.O. of Google

Twitter to label Russian and other state-run media accounts as foreign controlled

Twitter will label the accounts of state-controlled media entities, as well as their senior staff and government officials, said

Silicon Valley is losing the battle against election misinformation | POLITICO

Videos peddling false claims about voter fraud and COVID-19 cures draw millions of views on YouTube. Partisan activist groups
Facebook has repeatedly overruled its own fact checkers in order to help conservative pages avoid punishment for spreading misinformation. That’s according to leaked documents reported by NBC News, which found evidence that employees regularly interv.

Why Wikipedia Decided to Stop Calling Fox a ‘Reliable’ Source

The move offered a new model for moderation. Maybe other platforms will take note.

How TikTok teens amplified political activism and threatened Trump’s political campaign

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trump’s rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the rally as a means of pranking the campaign. Similarly, the historically unprecedented scale of the George Floyd protests can be attributed in part to social media. By some estimates, 25 million Americans participated at protests. Social media has proven itself as a tool for political activism, from online boycotts to offline gatherings. It also has implications for how political campaigns operate. Social…

‘World’s first’ AI-generated arts festival program opens this Friday

The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s largest performing arts festival, but this year’s event has sadly been canceled due to COVID-19. Fortunately, art junkies can still get their fix of the Fringe at a virtual alternative curated by an AI called the ImprovBot. The system analyzed the 100-word text descriptions of every show staged at the festival from 2011 to 2019 — a total of more than two million words. ImprovBot uses this data to generate ideas for new comedies, plays, musicals, and cabaret. The blurbs will then be handed to the Improverts — the Fringe’s longest-running improvised comedy troupe – who will stage their own takes…
This week’s Get WIRED podcast traces how innovators’ biases helped design slave ships, the panopticon, and facial recognition.



CNBC.com’s MacKenzie Sigalos brings you the day’s top business news headlines. On today’s show, CNBC.com’s Jordan Novet breaks down why TikTok, which has found itself at the center of a geopolitical conflict, would be an attractive acquisition target for enterprise giant Microsoft. Plus, CNBC’s Sharon Epperson explains how much money Americans say they need to retire during the coronavirus pandemic.

A lesson in automated journalism: Bring back the humans

Our Duke Tech & Check team has made great progress automating fact-checking, but we recently had a sobering realization: We need human help.

All I can really say, as a woman, is challenge accepted: I will make fun of these posts, and gladly.

Microsoft “Ruined” Skype. It Kept Its Hands Off LinkedIn. What Would It Do to TikTok?

The company that “ruined” Skype does better when it doesn’t meddle too much with its shiny new toys.
According to the New York Times, President Donald Trump said at a White House briefing that TikTok must sell its US operations by September 15th, or be forced to shut down. He is open, however, to a Microsoft takeover of the outfit. He also wanted th…

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