If France could stop misinformation, could the U.S.?
A newly-translated-to-English report reflects on how the country handled misinformation and politically motivated document leaks in its 2017 presidential election and offers 50 recommendations for how gouvernements, société civile et acteurs privés could tackle similar problems. The findings are compiled in a hefty 200 pages from a working group between France’s foreign affairs minister’s policy planning staff and France’s research institute of the Ministry for the Armed Forces.
The group originally convened to explore developing an inter-agency task force dealing with information manipulation, their preferred term for fake news, defined as “the intentional and massive dissemination of false or biased news for hostile political purposes.” (Need a reminder for why it might be hazardous to our health to use that phrase? Here you go.) This report comes from the researchers’ approximately 100 interviews with national authorities, academics, and Continue reading "How France beat back information manipulation (and how other democracies might do the same)"
A crowd of unruly revelers broke into a scooter shop in Paris amidst celebrations of the French national team’s victory in the World Cup Final.
The break in, which was caught on camera, featured a series of Frenchmen clad in soccer jerseys kicking a large glass window of the shop until it shattered. They then charged the store, stealing helmets and other equipment. One looter can be seen walking out of the shop with a scooter.
The Twitter user who filmed the break in said it went down near the Arc de Triomphe, in Paris’ 8th arrondissement.
There was also a lot of celebrating on social media:
The day after Bastille Day, France has another reason to celebrate. France has won its second World Cup trophy, beating Croatia, 4-2, in the final. https://t.co/7DGStLvBDW
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 15, 2018
Here’s a heartwarming story for your Monday: in a video from France a man can be seen expertly scaling a four-story building to rescue a child dangling from a balcony.
The footage shows the man making it up to the child at an astonishing pace, as the crowd below cheered him on, before grabbing and yanking him over the railing to safety.
French President Emmanuel Macron stumbled into an awkward (Freudian?) slip during a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday.
Macron, in an effort to thank his host, turned to Turnbull and declared:
“I wanted to thank you for your welcome,” Macron said. “Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome.”
It’s unclear what word Macron was going for, or whether he was earnestly calling Aussie first lady Lucy Turnbull delicious. For what it’s worth, the French translation of delicious, “délicieux,” has a decidedly less flirty connotation than its English counterpart. It’s typically reserved for food, e.g. un pain au chocolat délicieux.
Macron’s gaffe in Sydney comes hot off of his speech in Washington D.C. before a joint session of Congress, in which he delivered — in English — a rousing call for cooperation between the two allies on global affairs Continue reading "WATCH: French President Macron Calls Aussie PM’s Wife ‘Delicious’"
“Ten days ago, President Trump was saying the United States of America had a duty to disengage from Syria.
We convinced him it was necessary to stay. I assure you, we have convinced him that it is necessary to stay for the long-term.”
(Emmanuel Macron) https://t.co/0x706FatLV
— Jérôme Cartillier (@jcartillier) April 15, 2018
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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