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  1. Sep 2018
    1. Political and technological dislocation have fed off each other since the nation’s founding. Now they are dangerously out of whack.

      The underlying premise is that there used to be a balance between tech innovation and political response in the USA, but since Reagan, there has not.

  2. Aug 2018
    1. Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to 1

      See also my tweet: What I coincidence! Like Facebook, I also measure people's credibility on a scale of zero to one, or what I like to think of as a scale of Pinocchio to Cassandra. It would be cool to hear what @marshallk @holden and @vgr think of this:

  3. Feb 2018
    1. “If we just reward content based on raw clicks and engagement, we might actually see content that is increasingly sensationalist, clickbaity, polarizing, and divisive,” she says. A social network that rewards only clicks, not subscriptions, is like a dating service that encourages one-night stands but not marriages.

      sexual/matrimony metaphor

    2. “Social networks enable malicious actors to operate at platform scale, because they were designed for fast information flows and virality,”

      why is virality the goal? venture capital, if you take away venture capital and virality, do you still get info disorder?

    3. Zuckerberg’s conference room (called the Aquarium) and Sandberg’s (called Only Good News)

      conference rooms named after our greatest weaknesses?

    4. Simultaneously, authority over the algorithm shifted to a team of engineers based in Seattle. Very quickly the module started to surface lies and fiction.

      LOL: responsibility transfers to engineer and lies ensue

    5. “We traced the creation of the Facebook accounts to IP addresses at the Apple store a block away from the MySpace offices in Santa Monica,”

      MySpace people used internet access at Apple stores to try to malign Facebook.

    6. If Facebook didn’t start offering a better deal to the publishing industry, Thomson and Murdoch conveyed in stark terms, Zuckerberg could expect News Corp executives to become much more public in their denunciations and much more open in their lobbying.

      worth thinking about before one refers to the "free press"

    7. whether News Feed should be modified to better deal with some of the most complex issues facing the product. Does it favor posts that make people angry? Does it favor simple or even false ideas over complex and true ones?

      complex issues are...complex...and not easily made into algorithms

    8. As often happens when outsiders meet with Facebook, people used the time to try to figure out how they could get more followers for their own pages.

      LOL: the idea that people drinking the koolaid of social could think clearly to regulate it

    9. Facebook decided, too, that it had to extend an olive branch to the entire American right wing, much of which was raging about the company’s supposed perfidy.

      to remain neutral, one often has to take sides

    10. But it’s hard to argue that this wasn’t an editorial decision. It may be one of the biggest ever made.

      a stylistic choice as a very profound editorial choice

    11. Facebook has long seemed to think it has immunity from those debates because it is just a technology company—one that has built a “platform for all ideas.”

      a warning to anyone who thinks technology is neutral

    12. When new recruits come in, they are treated to an orientation lecture by Chris Cox, the company’s chief product officer, who tells them Facebook is an entirely new communications platform for the 21st century, as the telephone was for the 20th. But if anyone inside Facebook is unconvinced by religion, there is also Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act to recommend the idea.

      when culture and legislation mix

    1. But Alphabet did flag “misleading” information and “objectionable content” as risks to the company’s financial performance in its annual report this week, for the first time ever.

      Google's parent company now includes information disorder as a factor in its profitability and success.

  4. Nov 2017
    1. Stuart Hall explained in his seminal work on reception theory

      Stuart Hall reception theory

    2. Debunks themselves can be considered a form of engagement.

      All news is good news.

    3. mis-, dis- and mal- information

      3 types of infodisorder

    4. What we see unfolding right before our eyes is nothing less than Moore’s Law applied to the distribution of mis-information: an exponential growth of available technology coupled with a rapid collapse of costs.

      Moore's law of #infodisorder.

    5. What could technology companies do?Create an international advisory council.Provide researchers with the data related to initiatives aimed at improving public discourse.Provide transparent criteria for any algorithmic changes that down-rank content.Work collaboratively.Highlight contextual details and build visual indicators.Eliminate financial incentives.Crack down on computational amplification.Adequately moderate non-English content.Pay attention to audio/visual forms of mis- and dis-information.Provide metadata to trusted partners.Build fact-checking and verification tools.Build ‘authenticity engines’.Work on solutions specifically aimed at minimising the impact of filter bubbles:a. Let users customize feed and search algorithms. b. Diversify exposure to different people and views. c. Allow users to consume information privately d. Change the terminology used by the social networks.

      What tech companies should do about #infodisorder.

    6. Rather than simply thinking about communication as the transmission of information from one person to another, we must recognize that communication plays a fundamental role in representing shared beliefs. It is not just information, but drama — “a portrayal of the contending forces in the world.

      Carey's thinking that communication is more than just the transmission of info.

    7. visual content is just as widespread and much harder to identify and debunk

      is visual content harder to debunk? Google reverse image search is a powerful tool...

    8. interpreters

      Maybe other forms of interpretation beyond ignoring and sharing? eg: critique, commentary?

    9. Mis-information is when false information is shared, but no harm is meant.Dis-information is when false information is knowingly shared to cause harm.Mal-information is when genuine information is shared to cause harm, often by moving information designed to stay private into the public sphere.

      definitions of three types of #infodisorder: mis-, dis-, and mal-information

    10. we refrain from using the term ‘fake news’, for two reasons

      why not to use "fake news"

    11. mis-, dis- and mal- information

      3 types of infodisorder

    12. we are witnessing something new: information pollution at a global scale; a complex web of motivations for creating, disseminating and consuming these ‘polluted’ messages; a myriad of content types and techniques for amplifying content; innumerable platforms hosting and reproducing this content; and breakneck speeds of communication between trusted peers

      Current info disorder is something new.