A listing from the Eticas Foundation which is indexing algorithms used by search engines and organisations and classifying them by type location and impact. This includes materials by realm of activity e.g. health or policing or by potential impact such as bias or state surveillance. Each entry has a summary discussion of the creation and impact […]
The Microsoft Digital Civility Index (DCI) Microsoft has been measuring online behaviour and has found a worrying increase of bad behaviour and digital incivility over the last 4 years. Their Digital Civility webpage gives information about safer internet campaigns and you can scroll down to get global and country report cards. The data is based […]
A new report from think tank Rand describes the building of the database which has links to useful sources for researchers on detecting spam, codes, credibility scoring, disinformation tracking, verification and education. Also released this week a report from Fullfact.org and Africa Check which includes information resources and an excellent report entitled: Media and information […]
Shocking article on arXiv.org from the at the Annual Meeting for the Association for Computational Linguistics 2019. It reports that the algorithms used by “sophisticated” hate bias checkers are not neutral – they are based on standard American English. Therefore tweets by black Americans are proportionally more likely to be flagged up as abusive than […]
Who pays for adverts on Facebook? This free resource will have data for 7 years of all political and other advertising on Facebook and Instagram. Regular reports on trends will also be provided. It displays page creation dates, mergers with other pages, page name changes and where a page is managed from, and the option […]
This week the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Inquiry: “Managing the Impact of Social Media on Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing” called for safeguards; but their surveys also found that two thirds of those answering found social media useful for sourcing health information.
Not new but recently upgraded, time to revisit The Zuckerberg Files maintained by UW-Milwaukee Center for Information Policy Research. It provides free access to over 900 statements, transcripts of speeches and videos from Facebook’s founder covering the period 2004-2018. Free registration required. Includes materials on Russian elections and privacy.
…according to large-scale research undertaken by Amnesty International and Element AI, a global artificial intelligence software product company. They surveyed millions of tweets mentioning 778 journalists and politicians from the UK and US during 2017. Women of colour were more than 34% likely to receive abuse than white women. The research also looks at the […]
This week the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission launched its report. They argued that big tech companies should fund an independent platform agency to police fake news. Find out more by downloading the report and getting the facts on the composition of the commission from the official website.
Lots of links on this subject. New York Times collected examples of misinformation over 4,000 were sent from social media. Other sources of fact checking and overviews of political accuracy include: Politfact has been checking claims made about the election by the President and other commentators Washington Post fact-checker Media Matters for America News coverage […]