Arizona State University: New grants advance focus on truth in public life

Arizona State University: New grants advance focus on truth in public life. “Americans today are being assailed by the rise of ‘fake news’ and a growing combativeness around democratic principles, including freedom of the press and religion, that have long been considered settled. From basic facts to fundamental democratic values, a lot seems up for grabs. To understand and challenge these trends, faculty affiliated with Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict have received two grants for projects that will put ASU at the forefront of new conversations about truth in the public sphere — how we know it, recognize it and identify it.”

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Study the Impact of Social Media Bots on Elections and Public Discourse

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier: Congressman DeSaulnier Introduces Legislation to Study the Impact of Social Media Bots on Elections and Public Discourse. “Today, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) announced the introduction of the Bots Research Act (H.R. 2860), a bill to establish a task force of experts at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to determine the impact of automated social media accounts, commonly known as ‘bots,’ on elections and public discourse.”

The Atlantic: Teens Are Debating the News on Instagram

The Atlantic: Teens Are Debating the News on Instagram. “It’s harder and harder to have an honest debate on the internet. Social-media platforms like Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook Groups are rife with trolls; forums are plagued by archaic layouts and spambots. Teenagers who are looking to talk about big issues face additional frustrations, like the fact that most adults on these platforms don’t take them seriously. Naturally, they’ve turned to Instagram. Specifically, they’ve turned to ‘flop’ accounts—pages that are collectively managed by several teens, many of them devoted to discussions of hot-button topics: gun control, abortion, immigration, President Donald Trump, LGBTQ issues, YouTubers, breaking news, viral memes.”

Breaking News Ireland: Government adds social media’s impact on public debate as new risk factor to Ireland

Breaking News Ireland: Government adds social media’s impact on public debate as new risk factor to Ireland. “The impact of social media on public debate and the economy overheating have been identified as new risks to the country. The findings are from the Government’s National Risk Assessment, which has been published today, and which aims to take a birds-eye view of the biggest risks facing Ireland.”