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WikiTribune, Pakistan Social Media, Facebook, More: Monday Evening ResearchBuzz, November 26, 2018

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Columbia Journalism Review: Wikipedia’s co-founder wanted to let readers edit the news. What went wrong?. “IT’S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR since the launch of WikiTribune, the crowdsourced news site created by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia. If you haven’t heard of WikiTribune, you’re not alone—it hasn’t made a big splash outside hardcore digital-media circles. But it’s an ambitious project, one that was designed to democratize the news as a Wikipedia-style portal where anyone could contribute to and edit news stories.”

Express Tribune (Pakistan): Govt to establish new watchdog to regulate TV, print, social media. “Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the government while disbanding Pemra has decided to establish Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, which will simultaneously regulate electronic and print media as well as social media.”

CNN: Internal documents Facebook has fought to keep private obtained by UK Parliament. “The British Parliament has obtained a set of internal Facebook documents the social media giant has fought for months to stop from being made public, according to Facebook and a lawyer involved in a suit against the company.”

USEFUL STUFF

How-To Geek: The Best Websites for Learning a New Language. “You’d think that with the vast amount of information on the Internet, learning a new language would be easy. But the availability of all that information is part of the problem. We’ve scoured the depths of the Internet to compile this list of the best websites for learning a new language.”

Krebs on Security: How to Shop Online Like a Security Pro. “‘Tis the season when even those who know a thing or two about Internet scams tend to let down their guard in the face of an eye-popping discount or the stress of last-minute holiday shopping. So here’s a quick refresher course on how to make it through the next few weeks without getting snookered online.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Quartz: One of the first two Muslim women in US Congress is already battling a fake news campaign. “The Democratic candidate was resoundingly elected with over 78% of the vote in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, and along with Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American from Michigan, is poised to become one of two first Muslim women serving in Congress come January. But as busy as Ilhan [Omar]’s been on readying for Capitol Hill, so has the digital sphere where stories of misinformation are being peddled about her, some of which have gone viral on social media platforms.”

Motherboard: The Story of Lenny, the Internet’s Favorite Telemarketing Troll. “Lenny is a decade-old chatbot designed to troll telemarketers that has developed a cult following online. It’s remarkably convincing, but is it actually effective?”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Ars Technica: Newly elected Republican senator could be Google’s fiercest critic. “Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley’s defeat of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the 2018 midterm elections earlier this month was a big deal from almost any point of view. Missouri was a pivotal swing state in the battle for the Senate, and Hawley’s victory helped Republicans expand their slim Senate majority. But Hawley’s victory is an ominous sign for one company in particular: Google. Hawley campaigned as an antagonist to big technology companies in general and Google in particular.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

New York Times: Lean Out. “To be clear, as the No. 2 in charge, Ms. [Sheryl] Sandberg deserves much blame for the bad decisions at Facebook. But it’s notable that she is under much more fire than Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive. While he underwent some scrutiny at Congressional hearings and in interviews, he has somehow managed to come off like a geek who has lost his way in the woods. Whatever blame he got has dissipated quickly.”

The Next Web: Here’s how we take back control over our digital identities. “While it’s unlikely social media companies expected to be a custodian of millions of individuals’ personal data when they first got started, after the recent revelations, it’s clear that’s what Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn do today. Consumers have been rushing to reset passwords, disconnect services from Facebook, even shut down their social media accounts. And Google+ no longer exists in its previous form. Amid the chaos looms a larger set of questions: what is our digital identity? Who is the custodian of that information? And what rights do we, as citizens of the digital globe, have?” Good evening, Internet…

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