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In the wake of public panic surrounding a spike in threats of violence and hate speech online, the European Commission has been preparing new recommendations on how member states should address “illegal online content.”
Although they have not been officially submitted, a leaked draft of the recommendations has begun to circulate and is now accessible on the website of European Digital Rights, a coalition group of civil society and human rights groups dedicated to protecting free speech and privacy online. The draft suggests that the Commission will not propose new regulations, but rather envisions private companies like Facebook and Google taking greater responsibility for these issues voluntarily.
In a brief analysis of the recommendations, EDRi’s Joe McNamee writes: “On the basis of no new analyses, no new data and
War. What is it good for?
According to the BBC and other reports, Intermarché supermarkets sold Nutella for 70 percent off the original price, sending French market-goers into a frenzy trying to get their hands on as many jars as possible.
The discount put the price of a jar of Nutella at €1.40 from an original €4.50. Shoppers saved about three euros on each jar of Nutella – roughly four bucks in the States.
Clearly the sale was a BFD to the French, as “riot” scenes broke out in several different supermarkets. The police were summoned to one store in Ostricourt to try to quell the violent scene.
“They are like animals,” an unknown customer told French media. “A woman had her hair pulled, an elderly lady took a box on her head, another had a bloody hand.”
In another store, CNBC reports, the supply of Nutella Continue reading "Watch French Shoppers Go Crazy Over A Discount on Nutella: ‘They Are Like Animals’"
On Wednesday, when Donald Trump retweeted three unverified anti-Muslim videos from the leader of a British far-right extremist group, Le Monde was on the case: It posted a debunk of the videos, with context and background.
These quick debunks are just one part of how Le Monde is getting fact-checks out to its readers. It started developing Décodex, a suite of public-facing fact-checking tools, two years ago, and launched it in January as part of Les Décodeurs, the fact-checking section of its website
The response to the new project, coming out amidst the controversial French presidential election campaign, was…not warm. “We had lots of critics — we were called the cops, the police, stuff like that,” said Samuel Laurent, deputy editor of Le Monde and head of Les Décodeurs. “We survived, and now more people are using it and thinking it was a good idea, and understand
Twenty-four official languages are spoken in the European Union. Cafébabel dreams of a being a place that unites many of them.
Its articles — most of which are available to read in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish, plus sometimes even more languages where relevant — inhabit a Europe where young Italians might care about a climate policy issue in Portugal, young Spaniards might be interested in an up-and-coming artist from Switzerland, and all young Europeans might care about the future protections of whistleblowers on a continental level. (Not Nigel Farage’s Europe, in other words.)
Self-styled as an online “participatory” magazine, Cafébabel publishes stories about the intersection of life and culture and politics in six languages, powered mostly by communities of volunteer, unpaid writers, translators, photographers, and videographers across cities in Europe, and edited by a small central staff fluent in multiple languages in its Paris headquarters. (Though
Coming soon: The Disinformation Action Lab.Part of a group of Knight grants announced last week: The Data & Society Research Institute is getting $250,000 to launch the Disinformation Action Lab, which will “use research to explore issues such as: how fake news narratives propagate; how to detect coordinated social media campaigns; and how to limit adversaries who are deliberately spreading misinformation. To understand where online manipulation is headed, it will analyze the technology and tactics being used by players at the international and domestic level.” It continues the work of Data & Society’s Media Manipulation initiative (one of whose reports I covered here).
The details of the Disinformation Action Lab — including who will be hired to lead it — are still being worked out, said Sam Hinds García, Data & Society’s director of communications. The publication of the May report “opened the door for Continue reading "“Checking Twitter…while being rushed into a bunker”: Considering fake news and nuclear war"
‘Tis the season for trend reports.
The Scandinavian media giant Schibsted’s annual trends report — part predictions, part survey research, part self-promotion — is out today, free for anyone interested. The report features essays on everything from the promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence to sustainability to the future of bicycles as a consistent mode of transportation, as well as a survey of millennials in France, Spain, and Sweden on their concerns about their digital footprint. (It’s also a useful document to browse in case you’re wondering what a 7,000-employee media company considers the most important new focus areas for its business in the coming years.)
Here are a few interesting points from the report to note.
— Svenska Dagbladet, Schibsted’s Stockholm-based daily newspaper, is designing a ratings system for the relative newsworthiness of each piece of news it publishes. An algorithm, trained on that data, is helping Continue reading "The future of news (and far beyond), according to Scandinavian media giant Schibsted’s latest trends report"