Tag: internet

  • Inside the Filter Bubble – with Eli Pariser, the man who coined the phrase. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Inside the Filter Bubble – with Eli Pariser, the man who coined the phrase.

    The Internet was supposed to provide a utopian virtual world where all of us could come together in peace, love and harmony to better understand each other and our differing viewpoints… But we got derailed on the road to utopia, didn’t we? Eli Pariser, the man who coined the phrase “filter bubble”, knows as much…

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  • A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2 | Miles O'Brien Productions

    A Junk News Pioneer – with Cyrus Massoumi, Part 2

    Russian actors may have run an online disinformation campaign during the 2016 US presidential elections, but they likely learned their tactics from Americans. As part of our investigation, PBS NewsHour series producer Cameron Hickey tracked down one of these junk news pioneers, Cyrus Massoumi. He runs liberal and conservative junk news sites, which have millions…

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  • Online anger is gold to this junk news pioneer | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Online anger is gold to this junk news pioneer

    Meet one of the Internet’s most prolific distributors of hyper-partisan fare. From California, Cyrus Massoumi caters to both liberals and conservatives, serving up political grist through various Facebook pages. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien profiles a leading purveyor of junk news who has hit the jackpot exploiting the trend toward tribalism. This is the second of…

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  • Inside Facebook's fight against misinformation | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Inside Facebook’s fight against junk news

    Junk news, fake news, misinformation–whatever you choose to call it, the internet seems to be awash in these fallacious stories. Top US intelligence agencies have agreed that the organized spread of this misinformation over social networks like Facebook allowed Russian state actors to exert influence over the 2016 US Presidential election. After that election, I…

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  • Mapping Misinformation and Russian Influence Online – with Data Journalist Jonathan Albright

    Top US intelligence agencies agree that Russia meddled in the 2016 US Presidential election using an organized campaign of online trolling and misinformation. The details of exactly how are harder to uncover. Jonathan Albright, data journalist and Research Director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, studies information flow in networks. Recently, he has…

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  • Bots are still a major issue in the spread of junk news. But how do you track them? | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Bots are still a major issue in the spread of junk news. But how do you track them?

    One of the most difficult aspects of the battle against misinformation on the web is the pernicious prevalence of bots. These bots are lines of code hiding behind veneers of legitimate social media profiles, programmed to sow chaos through misinformation. Fake news, or what we call “junk news” here at the office, has exploded over…

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