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Low-quality pundits are getting rich telling people what they want to hear, inside the economics and psychology of how it works

‘Decoding the Gurus’ co-host Matthew Browne on how the tools of acquiring knowledge are being used to destroy it

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Online data could be used against people seeking abortions now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned

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As Republican states move to criminalize abortion, women considering it must protect their privacy


Social media platforms say transparency about moderation makes it harder, the reverse is true

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The gold standard for a security system is one that works even if your adversary understands it


Baby formula industry was primed for disaster long before key factory closed down

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The closure of the Similac factory may have lit the fuse for the nationwide shortage, but a combination of government policy, industry market concentration and supply chain issues supplied the powder


European regulator delivers ‘reality check’ to Elon Musk after Twitter purchase

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Top official reminds world’s richest person that his new Twitter toy still must comply with content moderation laws


Disinformation can be deadly, but what can be done about it?

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At last, policymakers are beginning to put forward ideas to counter our epidemic of falsehoods


After massive public outcry, IRS ditches plans for facial recognition

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Federal lawmakers joined with advocacy groups that argued requiring biometric information to access records online is a “creepy and disturbing strike” at privacy and security


Technology alone cannot solve the problems of social media

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David Adams, founder and publisher of OSNews, discusses the cyclical nature of technology and the implications of computing’s return to the network


The ‘Great Resignation’ is real, and employers who don’t respond to it will miss out

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Employers that offer growth opportunities and flexibility for employees are finding it easier to compete in a market that now favors job-seekers


The disinformation economy isn’t invincible, meet two women working to end it

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Nandini Jammi and Claire Atkin of Check My Ads want to make publishing lies unprofitable, while also helping advertisers protect their brands


Vaccine manufacturer Moderna accused of lying about federal contributions to Covid-19 vaccine

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In patent filing, pharmaceutical giant is trying to have sole ownership of a vaccine that was co-developed with National Institutes of Health scientists, government says


Falsehoods about climate change run rampant on Facebook, study finds

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Facebook’s refusal to fact-check lies and misinformation about climate change show it is ‘the Big Tobacco of our generation,’ one group says


Retail CEOs weakened the supply chain to boost profits, now we’re all facing the consequences

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For years, retailers have been operating with almost no inventory or staff to spare, in the name of phantom profits


Facebook is blocking researchers from studying its misinformation problem

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How big of a problem is misinformation on social media? Without key data, the picture is blurry


White nationalists and jihadists are starting to realize they have a lot in common

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Extremism researcher Moustafa Ayad talks about how religious extremists from across the world are starting to come together, and what that means for the rest of us


Facebook leaks detail damage the company does, but also suggest some ways to possibly lessen it

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A first step toward making social media better is to have governments impose effective safety measures Facebook rejected


‘Facebook papers’ spur global outrage and calls to break up tech behemoth

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Internal documents reveal Facebook ignored employee concerns about the site promoting violence, harming children, and spreading lies


Twitter study finds social platform favors right-leaning content over left-leaning content

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Contrary to the GOP victim narrative, Twitter’s own research shows that right-wing content gets amplified more on its platform


FBI: Accused terrorist wanted to blow up Amazon data center to inspire mass violence

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Some extremists have begun trying to goad law enforcement into large-scale weapons seizures


How Linux and open-source software took the computing world by storm

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Programmer and entrepreneur Miguel de Icaza talks about how Linux went from a college student’s hobby to powering most of the world’s computers, and his own story as a free software developer


Protecting technology monopolies doesn’t help America’s national security

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As momentum builds for real regulations and enforcement against Big Tech, its allies are trying out specious national security arguments


 

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