Policy

DOD Officials ‘Must Address’ Fake Accounts Under New Social Media Guidance

The Department of Defense released its first departmentwide policy for official accounts and the personnel running them.

Ideas

Faced with a Rise of Extremism within Its Ranks, the Military Has Clamped down on Racist Speech, Including Retweets and Likes

For civilians, free speech is protected by the First Amendment. Not so in the U.S. military, where the rise of political extremism has become a problem.

Cybersecurity

Misinformation Campaigns and Threats are Undermining Confidence in U.S. Elections, Official Says

CISA is ramping up efforts to defend voting systems from outside intrusion, but the spread of online misinformation and threats against election officials still damage faith in the electoral process.

Data

Can a Fitness App Ease the Military’s Recruitment Crisis?

App gives recruiters a tool to monitor how their recruits are shaping up before shipping out.

Ideas

Fueled by Virtually Unrestricted Social Media Access, White Nationalism is on the Rise and Attracting Violent Young White Men

Social media provides a platform for attracting violent extremists that has never existed before.

Emerging Tech

Browser Cookies Make People More Cautious Online, Study Finds

Browser cookies don't make people as excited actual cookies.

Cybersecurity

China’s Disinformation Warriors May Be Coming for Your Company

A recent attack on a rare-earths processor shows a new facet of information warfare: weaponized NIMBYism.

Data

Meta Settles With Justice On Discriminatory Housing Ads

The historic complaint marks the first time federal prosecutors challenged a company over algorithmic bias related to housing discrimination.

Emerging Tech

FTC Fines Twitter For ‘Deceptive’ User Data Sharing

The Federal Trade Commission has cracked down on the social media company before, and now demands $150 million in penalty fees for sharing user information.

Policy

What’s at Stake for Trump, Twitter and Politics if the Tweeter-In-Chief Returns from Banishment

Analysis of Trump’s post-Twitter communications suggest that the former president has not moderated his messaging style. So what does that mean if he were to go back on Twitter?

Emerging Tech

Elon Musk’s Plans for Twitter Could Make its Misinformation Problems Worse

Under new ownership, Twitter may reduce its content moderation, which could have major consequences for discourse.

Ideas

Interesting Federal Social Media Accounts You May Not Know About

Federal agencies have come a long way from the bureaucratic rules that often hampered effective social media use.

Emerging Tech

Data From Friends and Strangers Show Where You Are

Movement patterns of people you know contain 95% of the information needed to predict your location.

Cybersecurity

Russian Disinformation: All Bot But No Bite?

Bots targeting the U.S. slowed their anti-vax campaigns while accelerating pro-Russia messaging, which doesn’t stick as well in the West.

Emerging Tech

FTC, Justice Say Weight Watchers Parent Group Illegally Collected Child Health Data

Federal prosecutors filed a complaint against children’s weight loss app Kurbo, alleging it collected health data without parental consent in an effort to market weight management services for use by children.

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