Tribune India: Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details. “It was only last November that the UIDAI asserted that ‘Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI.’ Today, The Tribune ‘purchased’ a service being offered by anonymous sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details for any of the more than 1 billion Aadhaar numbers created in India thus far.” 500 rupees is, at this time, about $7.89.
Engadget: US Representative calls for civics-focused social networks. “In an article published today in TechCrunch, US Representative Rick Crawford called for a change in how elected officials engage with their constituents on social networks. He compared current options like Facebook and Twitter to a constituent trying to share their thoughts on a proposed law to a committee while a TV was blaring loudly in the background, spewing misinformation about the law and the elected officials. ‘Unfortunately, the incredible volume of highly politicized, paid advertising and misinformation diminishes the possibility for authentic communication before it even starts,’ writes Crawford. ‘The American people and their government need a new platform – or a serious modification of existing platforms – to engage each other in a more effective way.'”
Nieman Lab: Using social media appears to diversify your news diet, not narrow it. ” Contrary to conventional wisdom, our analysis shows that social media use is clearly associated with incidental exposure to additional sources of news that people otherwise wouldn’t use — and with more politically diverse news diets. This matters because distributed discovery — where people find and access news via third parties, like social media, search engines, and increasingly messaging apps — is becoming a more and more important part of how people use media.”
MIT Technology Review: The Internet Doesn’t Have to Be Bad for Democracy. “Tiny, largely self-funded U.S. startup Pol.is has been working on a similar project longer than Zuckerberg and already has some promising results. The company’s interactive, crowdsourced survey tool can be used to generate maps of public opinion that help citizens, governments, and legislators discover the nuances of agreement and disagreement on contentious issues that exist. In 2016, that information helped the government of Taiwan break a six-year deadlock over how to regulate online alcohol sales, caused by entrenched, opposing views among citizens on what rules should apply.”
University at Albany: Governments Increasingly A-Twitter. “A study by a Center for Technology in Government (CTG) researcher reveals the factors that are making social media successful in Spanish local governments — results that could very well be applicable to municipal governments in the U.S.”
CNET: Governments suck at social media, but you deserve some blame . No, I don’t. “The Leaders’ Report, published by advertising and consulting firm WPP, looked at how government agencies across 40 countries reach out to citizens. WPP spoke with communications leaders from 20 governments, along with five leaders of multilateral organizations. The report’s conclusion: the majority of countries have been failing on social media.”
New Jersey 101.5: NJ town uses Facebook Live to engage residents in local government. “[Brick] appears to be the first in New Jersey to take advantage of Facebook’s new ‘Live’ feature to broadcast town hall-style meetings, according to Mayor John Ducey. ‘I’m not aware of any other towns doing it,’ said Ducey. He tried the new social media tool this week and plans to hold monthly Town Hall Live meetings.”