UK Authority: UK may lose access to verified medicines database

UKAuthority: UK may lose access to verified medicines database. “Patients will be at risk from fake medicines if the UK leaves the EU without a deal because access to a new EU-wide database could be lost, pharmaceutical leaders have warned.”

TechCrunch: New ‘Dark Ads’ pro-Brexit Facebook campaign may have reached over 10M people, say researchers

TechCrunch: New ‘Dark Ads’ pro-Brexit Facebook campaign may have reached over 10M people, say researchers . “A major new campaign of disinformation around Brexit, designed to stir up U.K. ‘Leave’ voters, and distributed via Facebook, may have reached over 10 million people in the U.K., according to new research. The source of the campaign is so far unknown, and will be embarrassing to Facebook, which only this week claimed it was clamping down on ‘dark’ political advertising on its platform.”

TechCrunch: Facebook finally hands over leave campaign Brexit ads

TechCrunch: Facebook finally hands over leave campaign Brexit ads. “The UK parliament has provided another telling glimpse behind the curtain of Facebook’s unregulated ad platform by publishing data on scores of pro-Brexit adverts which it distributed to UK voters during the 2016 referendum on European Union membership. The ads were run on behalf of several vote leave campaigns who paid a third company to use Facebook’s ad targeting tools.”

Bloomberg: Twitter Bots Helped Trump and Brexit Win, Economic Study Says

Bloomberg: Twitter Bots Helped Trump and Brexit Win, Economic Study Says. “Twitter bots may have altered the outcome of two of the world’s most consequential elections in recent years, according to an economic study. Automated tweeting played a small but potentially decisive role in the 2016 Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s presidential victory, the National Bureau of Economic Research working paper showed this month. Their rough calculations suggest bots added 1.76 percentage point to the pro-‘leave’ vote share as Britain weighed whether to remain in the European Union, and may explain 3.23 percentage points of the actual vote for Trump in the U.S. presidential race.”

The Guardian: Brexiters seek campaign memorabilia for ‘museum of sovereignty’

The Guardian: Brexiters seek campaign memorabilia for ‘museum of sovereignty’. “It sounds like a remainer’s worst nightmare: a museum of Brexit with a grand atrium dominated by the ‘£350m for the NHS’ bus, leading to galleries displaying a selection of Nigel Farage’s louder tweed jackets. The reality is quite different, not least as the proposed Brexit museum, officially pitched as a ‘museum of sovereignty’, is thus far nothing more than an idea coupled with an appeal for exhibits.”

University of Cumbria: Lecturer creates unique Brexit picture and audio archive

University of Cumbria: Lecturer creates unique Brexit picture and audio archive. “One year after the UK triggered its withdrawal from the EU, a unique sound and picture archive has been created by a university lecturer who toured the country canvassing the views of voters. Alice Myers, lecturer of photography at the University of Cumbria, and artist Ali Avery embarked on a two-week tour of the UK last April to listen and record the views of everyday voters. They stopped at 50-mile intervals and knocked on every number 50 door they could find, documenting their journey photographically as they went.”