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The 2020 election was marked by severe political divisions, a public health crisis, unease about the voting process, concerns about… Some interesting data here; whilst most Americans surveyed seem to believe they had enough information to make a decision during the recent US election 4 in 5 felt they had been exposed to misinformation. This is no surprise to us it is a sign of a change in awareness to some, if not all, of the problem we are tackling today. All free countries should be looking to tackle the rise of misinformation and foreign interference both technically and through education to the people and through our school systems. https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/232023038278640/
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Two years ago, complaints against real time bidding (RTB) were lodged by Jim Killock of Open Rights Group, Michael Veale of UCL, and Johnny Ryan. “WHAT’S THE ISSUE WITH RTB? Every time you visit a website, hundreds if not thousands of hidden trackers are taking note of what we do, read and watch. Your browising history and profile data is then shared all across the globe, and sold in auctions where countless advertisers and middlemen can access our data and bid for their adverts to be shown in the websites we visit. It is worth noticing that this information is collected and traded away without any security in place. Dodgy intermediaries could participate to an auction with no intention to bid or to show you adverts, but only to grab your data and use it for any reason they like — such as to manipulate your political views, check your compliance with coronavirus restrictions, or track protesters of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is little surprising then that RTB must rely on coercion (cookie walls) and deception (dark patterns) to gain your consent. Who would ever say yes to advertising under these terms?” https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/230296751784602/
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How better to be? In times of sorrow and despair Where the weak are belittled instead of held up and honoured What do we look for in our leaders, these men, and women whose sacred power is to protect Where do we turn when they fail us Why do we listen to their narratives when they are only out for r... https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/227721505375460/
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Two prolific British trophy hunters are unmasked today as a network of trolls targets Boris Johnson’s government for threatening to clamp down on big-game hunting.Abigail Day, a Cambridge-educated Two Big Game hunters are unmasked as a network of fake trolls has also been revealed to be part of a targeted online campaign to sway public opinion and the Defra decision on whether or not to ban big game trophy imports into the UK. These ‘dark arts’ campaigns are used to manipulate and sway public opinion by setting up thousands of fake Facebook and Twitter accounts to join fake groups and promote their propaganda. https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/227454345402176/
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You could be forgiven for thinking the government has treated the pandemic as an opportunity to reward its friends, says researcher Sophie Hill The Tories have undoubtedly seen this pandemic as an opportunity. An opportunity to exploit the system and the good will of the people in order to line the pockets of their friends and dismantle parts of the NHS "It’s remarkable that the government has managed to squander so much goodwill so quickly – all while paying huge sums to PR firms to work on their messaging strategy." https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/217156946431916/
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Tories bought tools to work out voters’ race and religion before 2019 election. “This really should be headline national news. 10,000,000 people racially profiled without consent by the UK Conservative Party. Buried on page 11 of 21 of an ICO audit of the parties use of data.” https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/216779179803026/
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Subscribe. Directed by Amanda Zackem http://www.americancanary.org Short film by American Canary. UNM is currently in production of the documentary, Ecosoph

Subscribe. Directed by Amanda Zackem http://www.americancanary.org Short film by American Canary. UNM is currently in production of the documentary, Ecosophi... We need to see reality for what it is, no matter how bleak, for us to have hope and work at a meaningful life to change that reality for something better. https://youtu.be/Vpkz6GMsJ1g https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/213486070132337/
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Millions of farm animals worldwide could suffer if the UK sacrifices its standards to secure new trade deals. I’ve signed the open letter to the UK Government demanding that all food imports meet UK standards, to protect animal welfare, human health and the environment. Please will you join me? Please sign to protect UK animal rights in post Brexit deals https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/213010810179863/
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Fears that appointment of extreme Republican partisans could endanger or politicise operation of defense department What’s his real agenda whilst he distracts the media and public with lies about voter fraud?..... oh maybe this.. “Fears that appointment of extreme Republican partisans could endanger or politicise operation of defense department” and why would that be a good thing for a man in Putin’s pocket??? https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/212681170212827/
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The outgoing president has two ‘election defense funds’ – but the small print shows donations will go towards paying off debt “ Donald Trump’s latest endeavor? Asking his supporters to pay his debts The outgoing president has two ‘election defense funds’ – but the small print shows donations will go towards paying off debt” https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/212431146904496/
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Donald Trump uses Twitter as a diversion tactic when faced with bad press, a new study has found. I am not sure they actually needed a study to figure this out ?! https://www.standard.co.uk/news/us-politics/donald-trump-tweets-twitter-distraction-b63242.html https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/212400616907549/
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Saturday contemplation: Life feels too much sometimes. Covid, US elections, Brexit, Lockdown 2.0, climate change, racial injustice, hatred and bigotry pushed on the LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈 community. It needs to stop. We need to take a breath and ask “what is really going on here?” When did fake news, conspiracy theory and misinformation get taken as gospel by so many? The divisions which are propagated and propelled forward by the attention economies of global tech platforms need to be acknowledged and addressed. We need to first acknowledge their existence, their impact in and on our lives and then build strategies to overcome them. To educate others and start building a movement for change. @tristanharris and @centerforhumanetechnology state it like this “As long as social media companies profit from outrage, confusion, addiction, and depression, our well-being and democracy will continue to be at risk.” Don’t just be the change in the world influence it. @ajlunited the Algorithmic Justice League shows how coded bias is affecting the lives of marginalized groups. How big data and AI is not “unbiased” as it claims as its coded by straight white men for straight white men who may not even realise their deep in built biases. In the UK @openrightsgroup monitors and fights for your rights for digital freedom, free from surveillance and data harvesting and manipulation. Check out the work of some of these groups. These are just some of the organizations and people fighting for your digital freedom. All of the issues above are being affected by the polarization caused by social media and big tech companies. We need to somehow get a grip on that to move forward as a society. We need to acknowledge our addiction and dependence on this technologies. Acknowledging we have a problem is the first part. We then need to start learning to use them to our advantage and holding them accountable for what they are doing in society. Yes Twitter and Facebook are suppressing the false tweets and accusations of the current occupant of the White House, and that’s a start. But that is too little too late for many. Start the journey, take back control. Saturday contemplation: Life feels too much sometimes. Covid, US elections, Brexit, Lockdown 2.0, climate change, racial injustice, hatred and bigotry pushed on the LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈 community. It needs to stop. We need to take a breath and ask “what is really going on here?” When did fake news, conspiracy theory and misinformation get taken as gospel by so many? The divisions which are propagated and propelled forward by the attention economies of global tech platforms need to be acknowledged and addressed. We need to first acknowledge their existence, their impact in and on our lives and then build strategies to overcome them. To educate others and start building a movement for change. @tristanharris and @centerforhumanetechnology state it like this “As long as social media companies profit from outrage, confusion, addiction, and depression, our well-being and democracy will continue to be at risk.” Don’t just be the change in the world influence it. @ajlunited the Algorithmic Justice League shows how coded bias is affecting the lives of marginalized groups. How big data and AI is not “unbiased” as it claims as its coded by straight white men for straight white men who may not even realise their deep in built biases. In the UK @openrightsgroup monitors and fights for your rights for digital freedom, free from surveillance and data harvesting and manipulation. Check out the work of some of these groups. These are just some of the organizations and people fighting for your digital freedom. All of the issues above are being affected by the polarization caused by social media and big tech companies. We need to somehow get a grip on that to move forward as a society. We need to acknowledge our addiction and dependence on this technologies. Acknowledging we have a problem is the first part. We then need to start learning to use them to our advantage and holding them accountable for what they are doing in society. Yes Twitter and Facebook are suppressing the false tweets and accusations of the current occupant of the White House, and that’s a start. But that is too little too late for many. Start the journey, take back control. https://www.facebook.com/103626624451616/posts/211607133653564/
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