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What Advertising History Says About the Future of Fake News

2018-05-27T08:15:07+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: A Category, As-If, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Fake news and microtargeting can be combined to create a kind of advertising that’s like an evil version of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and we are being exposed to more of these pernicious morsels every year. But two lessons from the history of advertising suggest that the fake news phenomenon is likely to change significantly

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The Psychology Of Fake News

2018-03-29T04:27:56+00:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Media, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

In a paper published in March in the journal Science, David Lazer, Matthew Baum and 14 co-authors consider what we do and don't know about the science of fake news. They define fake news as "fabricated information that mimics news media content in form but not in organizational process or intent," and they go on to discuss problems

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Russians used fake social accounts to gather Americans’ personal data

2018-03-07T12:27:24+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Media, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

It appears as though Russian interest in America and our political landscape wasn't limited to ads and bots. According to The Wall Street Journal, the country's influence campaign extended to gathering personal information on Americans. The Internet Research Agency, which is backed by the Russian government, used fake social media accounts to collect names, email addresses and

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Here Come the Fake Videos

2018-03-07T07:25:27+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Media, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Artificial intelligence video tools make it relatively easy to put one person’s face on another person’s body with few traces of manipulation. I tried it on myself. What could go wrong? “There’s no choice,” said Hao Li, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Southern California. Mr. Li, who is also the

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