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KOCO: Gov. Stitt announces launch of interactive website allowing access to state ledger. “Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday announced the launch of Oklahoma Checkbook, a website aimed to help people understand how their taxpayer dollars are being spent. Oklahoma Checkbook provides near real-time data on the state’s expenses, ensuring that people can quickly and easily review the state’s ledger, according to a news release. Stitt also said the website will provide a ‘greater means of accountability and transparency,’ a platform on which he ran on during his gubernatorial bid.”
TWEAKS AND UPDATES
Not sure when this updated, but the 2019 version of the USDA’s Summer Meal Site Finder is available at https://www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks . This site allows you to search your area for places offering free meals to kids 18 and younger over the summer holidays. I searched my town and found 49 results, which I think is the max that the map will show.
Neowin: Patch Tuesday: Here’s what’s new for Windows 7 and 8.1. “Today is Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of the month when Microsoft releases updates for all supported versions of Windows. While that means that all but one version of Windows 10 got cumulative updates, older versions like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 get updates as well. If you’re still on Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, you’ll get KB4503292 as this month’s rollup.”
Journalist’s Resource: How to combat health misinformation online: A research roundup. “Is it possible to stem the tide of misinformation online? If it is, what are the most effective ways to do so? We turned to a source of high-quality information – peer-reviewed academic research – to look for answers. Below we’ve summarized seven recent academic studies on the efficacy of interventions used to correct health misinformation. It’s worth noting that the first three studies included in this roundup focus on a small group of students from one university. Additionally, all of these studies are behavioral experiments, which tend to have relatively small sample sizes, and are intended to complement other forms of research.” What an interesting roundup!
AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD
Irish Examiner: Dozens of far-right social media accounts said to be spreading misinformation in Ireland. “Dozens of far-right social media accounts are operated from Ireland, and some have as many as 40,000 followers. They spread misinformation and harass specific groups of people. Social media facilitates the rapid spread of ideas and ‘hate speech is no exception’, says Ireland’s Hate Track report.”
CNET: Facebook emails could show CEO Mark Zuckerberg knew of privacy issues, report says. “Facebook is already under fire over privacy issues and said users shouldn’t have an expectation of privacy on social media. A new report says emails found as part of a government investigation might show that the company’s CEO was aware of certain questionable practices.”
New Zealand Herald: Police pay $10,000 for social media audit – to be told to do fewer puppy posts. “Police paid $10,000 for a social media audit by a marketing company which suggested dialling back on puppy pictures and posting more about operational police work. The audit included a manual assessment of thousands of comments on police social media channels.”
SECURITY & LEGAL
KTVU: New Facebook market research app to pay users to track app usage. “Facebook launched a new market research app Tuesday called Study from Facebook that will compensate users for tracking their app usage.”
CNN: Telegram reports powerful cyberattack from China during Hong Kong protests. “Encrypted messaging platform Telegram said it experienced a ‘powerful’ cyberattack on Wednesday during massive protests in Hong Kong. The attempted distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack was aimed at flooding the app with so much traffic that it impaired normal service.”
RESEARCH & OPINION
Mother Jones: The State of Social Media Today. “Every year, Bond Capital’s Mary Meeker produces an immense slide deck of internet trends…. I’ve chosen two slides to highlight.”
EFF: Social Media Platforms Increase Transparency About Content Removal Requests, But Many Keep Users in the Dark When Their Speech Is Censored, EFF Report Shows. “San Francisco and Tunis, Tunisia—While social media platforms are increasingly giving users the opportunity to appeal decisions to censor their posts, very few platforms comprehensively commit to notifying users that their content has been removed in the first place, raising questions about their accountability and transparency, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said today in a new report. ” Good afternoon, Internet…
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