Reuters: Exclusive – Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes. “Facebook Inc (FB.O) told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months.”
Pew Global: International Publics Brace for Cyberattacks on Elections, Infrastructure, National Security. “As the pace and magnitude of cyberattacks have increased around the world, a new survey shows that people in multiple countries think it is likely that government data, public infrastructure and elections will be targeted by future hacks. Opinion is mixed, however, on whether their nations are prepared for such events.”
United Nations University: Version 4 of World Income Inequality Database Now Available. “The UNU-WIDER World Income Inequality Database (WIID) presents information on income inequality for developed, developing, and transition countries. It represents the most comprehensive set of income inequality statistics available. The fourth major edition of this database — WIID4 — was released in December 2018.”
Forbes: Moving Beyond Social Media Towards News As “Big Data” In The Cloud Era. “Social media datasets have become one of the dominant ‘big data’ sources in the social sciences due to their widespread availability and machine-friendly distribution. Simple streaming JSON APIs offer realtime monitoring right out of the box and the vast and continually growing ecosystem of tools and workflows make it easy for researchers to get started. On the other hand, accessible social data is extraordinarily biased and reflects only a small portion of human society. The most widely used social data, Twitter, captures just a minute fraction of the world’s voices.”
CNET: ‘Winter is coming’ for Chinese economy, warns search giant Baidu’s CEO . “The new year’s pep talk delivered by Baidu’s chief executive for 2019 was a bit chilly. Robin Yanhong Li, CEO of China’s largest search engine, warned that ‘winter is coming’ in a letter to employees regarding China’s economic growth slowing down, according to South China Morning Post. Baidu is the equivalent of Google in China.”
New York Times: Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech. “In a glass conference room at its California headquarters, Facebook is taking on the bonfires of hate and misinformation it has helped fuel across the world, one post at a time. The social network has drawn criticism for undermining democracy and for provoking bloodshed in societies small and large. But for Facebook, it’s also a business problem.”
Hankyoreh: KFTC to launch online database on chaebol. “The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has launched a website that contains all the information it has collected on South Korea’s chaebol conglomerates and families.” A chaebol is a large family-owned business concern; Bloomberg has an overview. I tried to connect to the database for a quick look but the connection timed out.