Washington Post: Twitter fueled attacks on Muslim candidates in 2018, study finds

Washington Post: Twitter fueled attacks on Muslim candidates in 2018, study finds. “Muslim candidates, including Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, endured torrents of hateful, xenophobic and threatening tweets during last year’s campaign season, much of it amplified through bots and other fake accounts, according to a study [that was] released Tuesday.”

Nature: Mystery of deadly Indonesian tsunami cracked using social-media videos

Nature: Mystery of deadly Indonesian tsunami cracked using social-media videos. “A super-fast tsunami that ravaged an Indonesian island last year, killing thousands, was almost certainly triggered by underwater landslides, according to a detailed reconstruction of the disaster using surveillance-camera and video footage harvested from amateur posts on YouTube and other social media.”

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2018 Internet Crime Report

FBI: FBI Releases the Internet Crime Complaint Center 2018 Internet Crime Report. “The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) 2018 Internet Crime Report includes information from 351,936 complaints of suspected Internet crime, with reported losses in excess of $2.7 billion. The top three crime types reported by victims in 2018 were non-payment/non-delivery, extortion, and personal data breach. In addition to the 2018 statistics, the report contains information about the IC3, the FBI’s work in combating Internet crime, and the most prevalent scams.”

Columbia University Libraries: Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Launches the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive

Columbia University Archives: Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation Launches the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. “The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Brazilian Presidential Transition (2018) Web Archive. Built by the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation, member libraries of the Latin America Libraries of the Northeast Group, and with significant contributions from members of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, the Archive comprises Brazilian government websites in the areas of human rights, the environment, LGBTQ issues, and culture, for the period following the election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil on October 28, 2018, up to his inauguration on January 1, 2019.”

News@Northeastern: Democrats Who Won 2018 Midterms Were More Negative Than Republicans On Twitter, Research Finds

News@Northeastern: Democrats Who Won 2018 Midterms Were More Negative Than Republicans On Twitter, Research Finds. “It was a mantra first popularized by Michelle Obama in 2016 and echoed again and again by Democratic politicians who vowed to rebuke the negative speech they said their Republican counterparts espoused. ‘When they go low, we go high,’ she said. Only two years later, the message seems not to have stuck, according to new research from Northeastern University.”

Washington Post: U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms

Washington Post: U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms. “The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the Kremlin’s operations against the United States are not cost-free. The strike on the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, a company underwritten by an oligarch close to President Vladi­mir Putin, was part of the first offensive cyber campaign against Russia designed to thwart attempts to interfere with a U.S. election, the officials said.”

TechCrunch: Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018

TechCrunch: Reddit says government data requests more than doubled in 2018 . “Reddit has said the number of government requests for user data more than doubled in 2018 than on the previous year. The news and content sharing site said in its latest transparency report, posted Wednesday, it received 752 requests from governments during the year, up from 310 requests a year earlier.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Hits 2 Billion Monthly Users, As Number Of Channels With 1 Million Subscribers Doubled Last Year

Tubefilter: YouTube Hits 2 Billion Monthly Users, As Number Of Channels With 1 Million Subscribers Doubled Last Year. “Despite reporting fourth quarter earnings yesterday that topped analyst expectations — including revenues of $39.42 million — Google (and YouTube) parent company Alphabet saw its stock drop by roughly 3% in the wake of the report, in which it revealed that ad prices were declining. And while Alphabet does not break out standalone performance stats for YouTube, the company did provide some new stats about its video giant. Google CEO Sundar Pichai (pictured above) said that YouTube now counts almost 2 billion monthly logged-in users — a modest 200 million user increase over the 1.9 billion monthly users that YouTube reported last quarter, per Fortune.”

Medium: Why Fears of Fake News Are Overhyped

Medium: Why Fears of Fake News Are Overhyped. “Many important concerns about online misinformation still remain, including the influence of the fake news audience, the difficulty of countering fake news at scale, the dangers of Facebook’s size, and the threat of YouTube-based radicalization. But none of these questions can be adequately addressed without creating a reality-based debate that puts fake news in context as just one of the many sources of misinformation in our politics.”

CNET: Americans were slammed with more than 26 billion robocalls last year

CNET: Americans were slammed with more than 26 billion robocalls last year. “If you got a call from a number you didn’t recognize last year (odds are, you got a few of those) it was likely part of the 26.3 billion robocalls made in the US in 2018, according to a report from Hiya. That breaks down to an average of 10 monthly calls per person.” I was at my grandmother’s today and just in that period of time she got three. So this seems low.

Flickr Blog: And the winners of Your Best Shot 2018 are…

Flickr Blog: And the winners of Your Best Shot 2018 are…. “In just one month, over 8,000 amazing photos (!!!) were submitted to the Your Best Shot 2018 group. Through our process, we narrowed it down to five winners, photographers whose photos emanate originality, creativity, and technical skill. We’re pleased to announce the winners of Your Best Shot 2018 and know you’ll be just as impressed as we are.”

Engadget: DNC claims Russians launched more phishing attacks after midterms

Engadget: DNC claims Russians launched more phishing attacks after midterms. “The New York Times cites court documents filed by the Democratic National Committee that said it believes a Russian group launched a hacking attempt against it after last year’s midterm elections. The lawsuit alleges a conspiracy between President Trump’s campaign, Russian intelligence and Wikileaks targeting Hillary Clinton’s campaign in 2016.”

ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty

ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty. “Oxford Dictionaries gave us toxic. For the Collins, it was single-use. The American Dialect Society chose tender-age shelter. It’s word of the year season, and the Australian votes are in.”