On social media, millions of regular citizens have a voice. So do paid trolls and government propagandists.
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From jailing people for likes to weaponizing copyright, it’s easier to prosecute your critics when you can find them on Facebook.
Digital technologies have changed the modern application of power. Political leaders mobilize large resources to win information wars on Twitter and Facebook. Rarely a day passes where new and viral instances of “fake news”, sometimes produced by state employed trolls, don’t pollute social media networks and monopolize our attention. Much of this was on discussion
As governments around the world ready themselves for the launch of Facebook’s forthcoming cryptocurrency, Libra, India announced last week that Asia’s third largest economy will probably not allow the digital offering to operate in the country. “Design of the Facebook currency has not been fully explained,” said Economic Affairs Secretary, Subhash Garg. “But whatever it
A month ago, we published Kayleigh Long’s dispatch from Myanmar, where she described how the country’s internet has become a battlefield. In one province in particular — Rakhine State — online content has both encouraged atrocities and helped activists document them. “The phone is our gun,” one opposition activist was quoted as saying. Myanmar’s government
As new tech such as biometrics and cloud intelligence changes the nature of law enforcement, Russia has put facial recognition systems at the heart of its policing strategy. Last week, the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs revealed the results of its latest facial recognition system test: over two years, 90 individuals were detained as a
Chinese hackers have been targeting eight U.S. computer service giants, infiltrating their systems for years in an organized hacking campaign known as “Cloud Hopper.” The intense campaign, reportedly sponsored by China’s Ministry of State Security, had one goal — to gather corporate and state secrets that could potentially boost Chinese economic interests. According to a Reuters
Canadian psychologist and champion of the so-called “intellectual dark web,” Jordan B. Peterson has announced the launch of a new social media platform called Thinkspot, created in defiance of the censorship that conservative and alt-right internet users claim they regularly experience online. Peterson claimed, in an interview with comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan, that
Protesters campaigning against a new extradition law in Hong Kong deleted Chinese apps and reverted to using cash and buying single-ride subway tickets to avoid being identified by security forces. Those who went to protests were warned not to take selfies or pictures of the people there, but instead, to take wide shots, avoiding showing
With the British Tory party facing a tumultuous leadership battle that won’t reach a conclusion until July 22, readers could be mistaken for thinking a range of pressing issues might be on pause. Yet earlier this week, the House of Commons heard from Huawei’s global cybersecurity and privacy officer, who defended the firm’s record on
Deepfakes, or AI-powered fake videos, are a well-known disinformation issue, but so far a theoretical one. That may change sooner than expected. After an AI startup unveiled an uncanny computerized Joe Rogan impersonator last month, researchers at Stanford and several other universities have created something similar for video. Feed the algorithm forty minutes of a
Facial recognition technology used in schools, universities, businesses, and apartment buildings is sparking debate and backlash across the United States. In New York, the Lockport public school system was set to pilot the facial recognition system, the first public school in the U.S. to use the technology. The pilot project raised concerns over civil rights
New plans unveiled by the Trump administration will require visa applicants to the United States to submit details about the social media accounts they have used in the last five years. According to the new State Department policy, which was rolled out last week, most visa applicants, including temporary visitors, will be required to list
Twitter has issued an apology after it suspended accounts criticizing China in the run up to the 30th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square. The social media platform explained that mistakes were made as part of its efforts to “protect the health of public conversation”. “These accounts were not mass reported by the Chinese