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Articles about AI, regulation, legislation and the design of media platforms around the world, with the potential to impact the greater sector.

Facebook and paying for news (June, 2022)

Columbia Journalism Review- MATHEW INGRAM

Facebook and paying for news
Columbia Journalism Review
"But the pressure on Google and Facebook to pay publishers ramped up with legislation in Australia in 2021, which forced platforms to sign licensing deals with media outlets or face binding arbitration."

Forbes- DARREONNA DAVIS

The EU Just Stepped Up Its Fight Against Disinformation—Here's What That Means
Forbes
"Google and Meta were among a number of tech giants that have signed the European Commission's updated and stronger guidelines on disinformation, the latest in a string of measures the EU has taken to fight disinformation during the pandemic and amid the war in Ukraine."

NiemanLab- JOELLE RENSTROM

How science helps fuel a culture of misinformation
Nieman Lab
"Institutions often incentivize scientists going for tenure to focus on quantity rather than quality of publications and to exaggerate study results beyond the bounds of rigorous analysis. Scientific journals themselves can boost their revenue when they are more widely read. Thus, some journals may pounce on submissions with juicy titles that will attract readers. At the same time, many scientific articles contain more jargon than ever, which encourages misinterpretation, political spin, and a declining public trust in the scientific process. Addressing scientific misinformation requires top-down changes to promote accuracy and accessibility, starting with scientists and the scientific publishing process itself."

Atlantic Council- NICK FOURIEZOS

Spyware like Pegasus is a warning: Digital authoritarianism can happen in democracies, too
Atlantic Council
This article highlights various journalists' experiences with being targetted by the Pegasus spyware, whose actions were revealed by "an extensive coordinated global investigation by journalists and nonprofits."

Balkan Insight- HAMDI FIRAT BUYUK

Turkey’s Planned Internet Law to Criminalise ‘Spreading Misinformation’
Balkan Insight
"Journalists unions have condemned the new draft internet law, which for the first time will define 'spreading misinformation on purpose' as a crime incurring a one-to-three year jail sentence."

NiemanLab- LYDIA TOMKIW

Another language, another alphabet: Polish media adds Ukrainian sections amid war
Nieman Lab
"PAP’s Ukrainian-language service, run out of its Warsaw office, was formed in a week and publishes content every day on topics like the war in Ukraine and Poland’s response. Recent headlines included a look at Poland’s demand of more EU sanctions against Russia and a story on locations in Trostyanets where Ukrainian civilians were tortured."

Caracas Chronicles- GABRIELA MESONES ROJO

A Bill Could Criminalize NGOs and the Media in Venezuela | Caracas Chronicles
Caracas Chronicles
"The bill has not been formally presented in an ordinary session of Parliament yet, but many alarms have been raised because it’s considered that it could justify the control, persecution, or suspension of these organizations, and leave them without access to external financing."

Index on Censorship- MARK FRARY

Syria passes draconian cybercrime laws - Index on Censorship
Index on Censorship
"In a statement the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said the law could be used to violate many of the basic digital rights of citizens, especially freedom of expression and freedom of digital privacy."

BalkanInsight- HAMDI FIRAT BUYUK

Turkey’s Planned Internet Law to Criminalise ‘Spreading Misinformation’
Balkan Insight
"Journalists unions have condemned the new draft internet law, which for the first time will define 'spreading misinformation on purpose' as a crime incurring a one-to-three year jail sentence."

Columbia Journalism Review- MATHEW INGRAM

Facebook’s new data-sharing plans raise old concerns
Columbia Journalism Review
"On Monday, META, the parent company of Facebook, said that it plans to share more data about political ad targeting on its platform with social scientists and other researchers, as part of what the company calls its Open Research and Transparency project."

Wallstreet Journal- SUZANNE VRANICA

Digital-Ad Giants Google, Facebook, Amazon Come Down From Pandemic Highs
WSJ
"An ad-revenue slowdown comes as consumer behaviors resume pre-Covid patterns."

CJR- MATHEW INGRAM

Facebook, AI, and a less friendly news feed
Columbia Journalism Review
"Last week, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, reported its quarterly financial results, noting that while the number of Facebook users increased during the first months of this year, the company’s revenues grew at the slowest rate since Facebook went public a decade ago. This news came on the heels of a February earnings report in which Meta said that its profit shrank, and also revealed that its user base had fallen for the first time since Facebook went public."

The Royal Society

Royal Society cautions against censorship of scientific misinformation online | Royal Society
royalsociety
"Governments and social media platforms should not rely on content removal for combatting harmful scientific misinformation online, a report by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has said."

The India Forum- NEELANJAN SIRCAR

Disinformation: A New Type of State-Sponsored Violence
The India Forum
"While attempts by the ruling party to control the media and the messaging are not new in India, what we see now is the use of new technology to 'curate' and exercise 'centralised control' to spread disinformation in order to harass and intimidate critics."

The Guardian - DAN MILMO

YouTube is major conduit of fake news, factcheckers say
the Guardian
"YouTube is a major conduit of online disinformation and misinformation worldwide and is not doing enough to tackle the spread of falsehoods on its platform, according to a global coalition of factchecking organisations."
How do you fix an “information disorder”? The Aspen Institute has some ideas
Nieman Lab

Nieman Lab - JOSHUA BENTON

"Understanding the root problems of information disorder requires understanding hard-wired human behaviors, economic and political policy, group psychology and ideologies, and the relationship to people's sense of individual and community identity."
Brussels, Paris split with press publishers over exemptions in online content rules
POLITICO

Politico- CLOTHILDE GOUJARD

"The European Commission and France have thrown their weight against press publishers in an ongoing debate over whether media content should be exempt from the EU's upcoming online content rules."
EU countries aiming for common position on tech rules on Nov. 25
Reuters

Reuters- FOO YUN CHEE

The Digital Services Act (DSA) seeks to hold tech companies accountable for the illegal and potentially dangerous content shared on their platforms.
Revealed: Facebook’s Secret Blacklist of “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations”
The Intercept

The Intercept- SAM BIDDLE

The Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy is "a sweeping set of restrictions on what Facebook’s nearly 3 billion users can say about an enormous and ever-growing roster of entities deemed beyond the pale." However, this system has resulted in a "blacklist of over 4,000 people and groups, including politicians, writers, charities, hospitals, hundreds of music acts, and long-dead historical figures."

Rest of World - PETER GUEST, FEBRIANA FIRDAUS & TAMMY DANAN

Singapore’s conspiracists thrive on Telegram, while a punk rocker and a former health official drive rumors in Indonesia.
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Contents
Facebook and paying for news (June, 2022)
The EU Just Stepped Up Its Fight Against Disinformation- Here's What That Means (June, 2022)
How science helps fuel a culture of misinformation
Spyware like Pegasus is a warning: Digital authoritarianism can happen in democracies too (June, 2022)
Turkey's Planned Internet Law to Criminalise 'Spreading Misinformation' (May, 2022)
Another language, another alphabet: Polish media adds Ukrainian sections amid war (May, 2022)
A Bill Could Criminalize NGOs and the Media in Venezuela (May, 2022)
Syria passes draconian cybercrime laws (May, 2022)
Turkey's Planned Internet Law to Criminalise 'Spreading Misinformation' (May, 2022)
Facebook's new data-sharing plans raise old concerns (May, 2022)
Digital-Ad Giants Google, Facebook, Amazon Come Down From Pandemic Highs (May, 2022)
Facebook, AI, and a less friendly news feed (May, 2022)
Royal Society cautions against censorship of scientific misinformation online (Jan, 2022)
Disinformation: A New Type of State-Sponsored Violence (October 12, 2021)
YouTube is major conduit of fake news, factcheckers say (Jan. 12, 2022)
How do you fix and "information disorder"? The Aspen Institute has some ideas (November 15, 2021)
Brussels, Paris split with press publishers over exemptions in online content rules (October 20, 2021)
EU Countries Aiming for Common Position on Tech Rules on Nov. 25 (October 29, 2021)
Revealed: Facebook's Secret Blacklist of "Dangerous Individuals and Organizations" (October 12, 2021)
“Fake news” laws are failing to stem Covid-19 misinformation in Southeast Asia (July 2021)