Netizen Report: Azerbaijani Bloggers Targeted with Legal Threats, Spearphishing

Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. Azerbaijani video blogger Mehman Huseynov was sentenced to two years in prison on charges of slander over videos he shared on his Facebook page. His page, where he covers a range of topics including working conditions and the wealth of government officials, has more than 300,000 followers. Arresting, silencing, and intimidating journalists, bloggers, and activists is par for the course in Azerbaijan these days, but Huseynov is the first blogger or journalist to be officially sentenced for slander by a court in Azerbaijan. Prior cases of journalists or bloggers being sentenced typically involved charges like narcotics possession (often bogus), hooliganism, abuse of power, and tax evasion. Targeted surveillance of human rights advocates also appears to be increasingly common. New reports and technical research confirm that multiple advocates in
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Must Reads in Media & Technology: March 20

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1. Inside Hearst’s Turbulent Quest to Build a Snapchat Brand (Jessica Schiffer / Digiday)

3. Fake Times (Jordan Crook / Tech Crunch)
5. ‘Truth’ is Diluted When Publishers Chase Scale (Chris Sutcliffe / The Media Briefing)
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MediaShift Podcast #225: Trump Wants to Kill Big Bird; DOJ Indicts Russian Hackers of Yahoo; Dot Connector Studio’s Jessica Clark

In the news this week, President Trump’s first budget strips funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which could be devastating for small market local public stations. The Feds indicted four Russians for the massive hacking breach at Yahoo in 2014, compromising data for 500 million users. And European governments throw down the gauntlet for Facebook, Twitter and Google over hate speech and fake news. Our Metric of the Week is Snapchat Filter Metrics, and Jessica Clark of Dot Connector Studios joins us to talk about helping the Knight Foundation study their podcasting investments.  Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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Biblioteca de Harvard atacada pelo seu guia sobre “notícias falsas”

É difícil manter-se a par do fluxo crescente de notícias e dados sobre as fake news, a desinformação, a informação parcial e a literacia mediática. Este resumo semanal apresenta os destaques das histórias que pode ter perdido.

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Os bibliotecários de Harvard provavelmente não adivinhavam as reacções que iam receber quando publicaram um inocente guia online sobre Notícias falsas, desinformação e propaganda. O guia, que inclui algumas dicas úteis/básicas como “usar bases de dados de bibliotecas é uma maneira praticamente infalível de encontrar informação credível”, também contém ligações à lista extensa e muito debatida de Fontes de “notícias” falsas, enganadoras, click-bait e satíricas, da autoria de Melissa Zimdars, professora na Merrimack College. Esta lista inclui actualmente 921 sites catalogados de acordo com várias categorias que incluem “falso”, “sátira”, “conspiração”, “pouco fiável” e “partidário”. Páginas como o Fusion, o National Review e o The Onion são apresentadas Continue reading "Biblioteca de Harvard atacada pelo seu guia sobre “notícias falsas”"

Discors wants people to pay for news via a low-priced subscription that crosses multiple publishers

When we last wrote about the app Discors, back at its launch in 2015, its strategy was to provide users additional context around the news by featuring commentary from contributors from places such as universities and think tanks. But the company quickly realized that the concept wasn’t going to work. “It was going to be very difficult to get people to pay for that,” CEO and cofounder Basil Enan told me. So, in true startup fashion, it pivoted. This month, the company launched a revamped version of its app that moved away from highlighting individual contributors and instead lets users access commentary and analysis from publishers such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Economist for a monthly price. A subscription to the app costs $4.99 per month. The main screen of the Discors app lists stories by topic — such as
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‘Holy Sh*t’: Mark Zuckerberg Was Visibly Terrified Riding in a 160 MPH Stock Car With Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Holy shit,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as he rode in the passenger’s seat of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s stock car on Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The tech mogul and the NASCAR driver took a few laps around the track, topping 160 miles per hour at times. And Zuckerberg was, at times, visibly spooked. He seemed to enjoy himself after he got used to the speed, but that took a while. “I can’t actually hear anything I’m saying,” Zuckerberg said. The Facebook CEO took the ride with Earnhardt as part of his “year of travel,” in which he’s going around the country “trying to learn about community.” Later, Zuckerberg actually took the wheel. He appeared to be going at a downright pedestrian pace compared to Earnhardt. “I don’t think it wants me to go any faster than 5,000 RPMs,” Zuckerberg said sheepishly. Watch above, via Facebook. [ Continue reading "‘Holy Sh*t’: Mark Zuckerberg Was Visibly Terrified Riding in a 160 MPH Stock Car With Dale Earnhardt Jr."

Two Teenage Arsonists Started a Fire at a Restaurant So The Owner Offered Them Jobs

It’s important to note that we in no way ever endorse setting fire to a place where you hope to be employed. At Fennel Restaurant in Scotland, however, two teenagers did get job offers after setting a fire there. According to the BBC, the incident occurred Sunday night and the damage was only to the restaurant’s outdoor furniture.

Owner William Bird went on the restaurant’s Facebook page, and wrote “I’m offering a reward. But that reward may not be what you think. To the two young lads who tried to set a fire at Fennel, I’m offering you a job.”

Bird continued, “Come see inside, what we do, the real lives of the men and woman who work here, whose livelihoods depend on what we do, the innocent diners, locals you put at risk. I dare you, come work for me. It’s not for the faint-hearted, takes something pretty special. Continue reading "Two Teenage Arsonists Started a Fire at a Restaurant So The Owner Offered Them Jobs"