Policy

Senate Hearing Tackles Harms Caused by Social Media Algorithms

Senators are pushing for more accountability from social media platforms over their algorithms.

CXO Briefing

$75K Prize Competition Announced to Help Fight Disinformation on the Internet

The Aspen Institute is willing to shell out for the best ideas to fight dis- and misinformation.

Ideas

The Internet’s Unkillable App

The noisier our digital lives get, the more popular the humble newsletter becomes.

CXO Briefing

Army Recruiters on TikTok Dance Around Ban To Reach Gen Z

As threat worries subside, one sergeant has nearly half a million followers on the China-based app—and the Army wants her advice.

Emerging Tech

Information Disorder Is Biggest Social Danger, Commission Warns

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder made multiple structural recommendations for the information ecosystem.

Ideas

Are People Lying More Since the Rise of Social Media and Smartphones?

Some forms of technology seem to facilitate lying more than others.

Cybersecurity

Facebook Can Sue Israel’s NSO Group, Appeals Court Says

The case against the NSO Group appears to scratch the surface of problematic commercial hacking tools sold at arms markets, which the U.S. government has only just begun trying to control.

Cybersecurity

Scammers Are Using Fake Job Ads to Steal People’s Identities

The U.S. Secret Service confirmed that it has seen a “marked increase” in sham job ads seeking to steal people’s personal data, often with the aim of filing bogus unemployment insurance claims.

Ideas

Can Facebook’s Smart Glasses Be Smart about Security and Privacy?

How can someone know if the wearer is looking at you or looking at personal information about you?

CXO Briefing

Senator Questions TikTok, FBI and DHS Over Spread of Extremist Content

The requests are part of ongoing investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Cybersecurity

Military Intel Officials Highlight Efforts to Counter Online Disinformation

Adversaries take advantage of moments in real time, such as when efforts are focused on withdrawing from Afghanistan.

IT Modernization

On TikTok, Misogyny and White Supremacy Slip through 'Enforcement Gap'

A new report shows how extremists use profiles, hashtags and other effects that violate the platform’s community guidelines.

Cybersecurity

Background Check Agency Wants a Social Media Search Tool

The Defense Department office charged with investigating potential insider threats wants to use social media to add context to allegations.

Ideas

Likes and Shares Train You to Get Angry Online

The researchers found that the incentives of social media platforms like Twitter really do change how people post.

Ideas

What Is Section 230? An Expert on Internet Law and Regulation Explains the Legislation that Paved the Way for Facebook, Google and Twitter

The 1996 law passed while the internet was still embryonic and downright terrifying to some lawmakers for what it could unleash.

Ideas

Big Tech Has a Vaccine Misinformation Problem – Here’s What a Social Media Expert Recommends

Individuals and groups that spread medical misinformation are well organized to exploit the weaknesses of the engagement-driven ecosystems on social media platforms.

Ideas

Why People End Up Mad When AI Flags Toxic Speech

Facebook says its artificial intelligence models identified and pulled down 27 million pieces of hate speech in the final three months of 2020.

Ideas

News Media Accidentally Boosted Russian Disinformation Tweets

Mainstream and hyperpartisan news media significantly amplified Internet Research Agency messaging and contributed to that follower growth by unknowingly embedding its tweets in their content.

Data

National Archives Seeks to Revamp How Presidential Library Archives Social Media

NARA is looking for outside ideas around the improvement of its Presidential Library website.

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