How France beat back information manipulation (and how other democracies might do the same)

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)"

WATCH: Looters Smash Up Paris Shop, Steal Scooters Amid World Cup Celebrations

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. Another video showed more looting from the shop:

WATCH: Paris Erupts in Celebration Over France Winning the World Cup

France beat Croatia 4-2 to win the World Cup today and people took to the streets of Paris in celebration. There was also a lot of celebrating on social media:

WATCH: Heroic Migrant Scales Four Stories to Save Child Dangling From Balcony, Invited to Apply For Citizenship

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. It turns out the hero from the video, which went viral over the weekend, is 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama, a migrant from Mali living in France. He met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, and was thanked for the miraculous rescue. Macron said in a tweet that he would have authorities would fast-track the migrants paperwork. He was awarded a gold medal for the act and offered a job by Continue reading "WATCH: Heroic Migrant Scales Four Stories to Save Child Dangling From Balcony, Invited to Apply For Citizenship"

WATCH: French President Macron Calls Aussie PM’s Wife ‘Delicious’

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’"

French President Macron Says He’s Convinced Trump to ‘Stay in Syria Long-Term’

French President Emmanuel Macron said he had persuaded President Donald Trump to keep U.S. troops in Syria for the long haul, according to AFP reporter Jérôme Cartillier. The news comes just over a week after Trump said he planned to bring all U.S. troops home from Syria, and militarily disengage from the area. Now, Macron says France “convinced him it was necessary to stay,” and “to stay for the long-term.” Trump Continue reading "French President Macron Says He’s Convinced Trump to ‘Stay in Syria Long-Term’"

Netizen Report: In Leaked Docs, European Commission Says Tech Companies Should Self-Regulate on Harmful Speech

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. 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
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