As your mind wearily contemplates being exposed to yet another political campaign, are your dreams haunted by battle buses, billboards and TV debates?On the evidence of last year’s EU referendum, much of the campaigning, and much of the money spent on political advertising, will be online.Two other campaign groups – both of which received large donations from the Leave campaign - gave Aggregate IQ a further £765,000, taking the total pumped through the company to almost £3.5m.Vote Leave director Dominic Cummings is quoted on the company’s website saying “We couldn’t have done it without them.”Yet the invoices for the money they paid to Aggregate IQ, which were handed to the Electoral Commission, list vague jargon-filled specifications with little indication of how the ads were delivered.It may tell us Aggregate IQ were running a “targeted video app installed and display media campaign” but gives no clue about where those ads appeared or who saw them.
The first round of the 2017 French presidential election will be held next Sunday, on April 23.However, automated accounts are currently bombarding French voters on social media with fake news and misinformation, so Europe isn’t out of the woods yet.The studies found 25 percent of the political links shared on French Twitter were fake news, deliberately false stories or opinions passed off as facts.Earlier this month Facebook shut down 30,000 fake accounts in France that were spreading spam and fake news.Hopefully no Trumps in EuropeIt’s unsure what effect increased misinformation will have on the French election, but it sure as hell can’t be good for democracy when voters are being deceived.
Brexit took another twist with an announcement of a snap election on June 8 by current British prime minister Theresa May, and according to Roland Rudd, chairman and founder of Finsbury, the move was mostly about shoring up party support.“In terms of timing you can see why she [May} wants to do it, she’s 20 points ahead in the opinion polls,” said Rudd at his talk, What does Brexit mean to Asia, at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.Should Asia care about these events happening halfway across the world?“I think the retreat from the world by Britain is bad news, and I also think that EU will become weaker without Britain, and of course being from Britain I mustn’t exaggerate that point,” said Rudd.“Britain has been a good force in the EU, in terms of being open, and competitive markets and that sense of liberalisation, there were other strong voices in the EU, but without Britain there will be one less,” he added.There are now opportunities for new trade deals as Britain goes on tour in Asia to find opportunities outside of the European Union.
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Yahoo has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging it mismanaged millions of dollars in trust funds that were earmarked to aid jailed Chinese political dissidents.Filed in a federal court in Washington D.C. on behalf of eight Chinese dissidents on Tuesday (11 April), the lawsuit accuses Yahoo of "willfully turning a blind eye" as the fund's manager and high-profile political activist, Harry Wu, illegally used the funds for personal gain.Back in 2007, Yahoo agreed to set up a $17.3m (£14m) human rights fund to help Chinese democracy advocates, human rights lawyers and writers as part of a lawsuit settlement with the families of dissidents.To administer the funds, Yahoo appointed Shanghai-born Wu, a political rights activist who spent 19 years in Chinese labour camps before eventually seeking asylum in the US.The US citizen and director of the Washington-based human rights organisation Laogai Research Foundation (LRF) died in April 2016.Yahoo reportedly had a legal duty to ensure that the funds were properly managed and used.
Norm Eisen, the dean of Washington ethics watchdogs, has a simple way of describing his reaction to hearing , the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the lawmaker formerly in charge of an investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, classified information to the press last month.“I fell out of my chair,” Eisen told me.The effort seemed intended to divert attention from his own committee’s probe, and to offer Trump cover for his claiming that Barack Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.Earlier this year, Nunes had decried the leak of an intercepted conversation between Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador, and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national-security adviser.A week later, Eisen’s nonprofit group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), along with Democracy 21, sent a to the Office of Congressional Ethics, requesting that it investigate whether Nunes disclosed classified information “in violation of House Ethics Rules.” Last Thursday, in a move that was overshadowed by the on Syria, the House Ethics Committee that it was formally investigating Nunes.“The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmasking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”
The first few months of the Trump presidency have been pretty turbulent for the tech and telco industry, but as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai set his target on net neutrality, don’t expect this battle to run as smoothly.Only last week, Pai reportedly told major telco trade groups of his plans to drop net neutrality rules put in place by his predecessor Tom Wheeler in 2015, and to replace the legislation with voluntary agreements to adopt open internet principles.Telcos would not be held by law to maintain the open internet philosophy, but instead the consumer will be asked to trust the profit-hungry machines that they won’t create a two-tiered internet, promoting or relegated certain traffic.While some people might raise their eye brows at the idea of trusting a faceless, profit-centric organization with such a non-committal proposition, the Democrats have vowed not to allow Pai this victory as easily as he has swept through changes to date, according to Reuters.“We are gearing up for a battle that could eviscerate the widely supported open Internet protections,” said Democrat FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a long-time supporter of net neutrality rules in the US.“(the rules) were built on a record of more than four million comments, and demonstrated that a free and open internet is at the very heart of our American democracy.”
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(Reuters) – Advocates of landmark net neutrality rules on Friday blasted Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai’s plans to roll back the Obama era legal framework.Reuters and other outlets reported late Thursday that Pai told major telecommunications trade groups of his plans Tuesday to replace 2015 net neutrality rules with voluntary agreements to adopt open internet principles.The 2015 rules prevented broadband providers from giving or selling speedy or so-called fastlane access to some internet services over others.Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump, opposes the rules approved by the FCC which gave the agency strong legal control over broadband providers, treating them much like utilities.FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, said if the reports are accurate “we are gearing up for a battle that could eviscerate the widely supported open Internet protections.”The rules “were built on a record of more than four million comments, and demonstrated that a free and open internet is at the very heart of our American democracy,” she added.Chris Lewis, vice president at Public Knowledge said Pai could “give dominant cable and telecommunications companies what their DC lobbyists have dreamed of for years: voluntary net neutrality ‘rules’ where consumer protection is no more than ‘trust your cable or internet provider.'”The FCC declined to comment.Pai wants to introduce new regulations under which internet providers like AT, Comcast, and Verizon would voluntarily agree in their terms of service to not obstruct or slow consumer access to web content.The move would allow the Federal Trade Commission to enforce compliance with the new rules.Internet providers do not oppose net neutrality principles, but opposed the decision to reclassify internet service under a law that subjects them to potential utility style regulation.Pai is expected to unveil his proposal as early as April 27, with an initial vote planned for either May or June, sources told Reuters.The proposal would be open for public comment before the FCC could finalize it.The Internet Association, the trade group that represents major internet companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix, and Microsoft, and strongly supports net neutrality, will meet with Pai on Tuesday, a person briefed on the matter said.The group declined to comment.
The Omidyar Network’s latest, $100 million worth of new funding to journalism outlets and to organizations combating hate speech and the spread of false information is both a product of our current times and the continuation of a decade-long effort on the part of the philanthropic network created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.The new funding will add to the $220 million the network has given under its Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative, which includes news organizations like past funding recipient TWI: The World Investigates.This is not to be confused with the almost $12 million worth of grants to news organizations announced last week by The Democracy Fund, the foundation started by Omidyar, and First Look Media, the media organization started by Omidyar.And as much as both these efforts represent, in part, the organizations’ trust in particular journalistic institutions, the Omidyar Network’s latest commitment is also a larger trust-building exercise, an effort to “rebuild trust in institutions, government and media, and ensure that society continues to operate on the principles of openness, inclusivity and accountability,” according to Stephen King, a partner at the Omidyar Network who leads the Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative.It is why one of the first organizations listed as a recipient of the new three-year funding effort is the Panama Papers-exposing International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which is receiving $4.5 million and will use the money to add more reporters and data engineers to its staff.“ICIJ is leading the charge for a new era of collaborative, cross-border investigative journalism that shines a light on the malfeasance and corruption that erodes trust,” making it a “a natural fit with the work we have done over the last decade,” King tells Fishbowl.
Open source technology permeates throughout our society, playing an important role in much of the technological advancements in the world, such as the WordPress blogging platform.Developers recognize the value of these projects, but there is some grumbling about how there should be ways for project contributors to be remunerated for their contributions.Currently, developers have the option to solicit funds to support their efforts using PayPal or some other payment mechanism, but supporters may be skeptical about their donations going towards the open source project instead of lining the pockets of a single individual.Additionally, some contributors may be wary about being the person tasked with collecting these funds.It is already using its service to help developers quickly set up virtual legal entities on-demand to collect contributions in a transparent manner.Created by Storify cofounder Xavier Damman, Democracy Earth’s Pia Mancini, and former Dropbox product manager Aseem Sood, Open Collective is a blend of Amazon Web Services, Stripe, and GoFundMe in that it lets open source developers get 501(c)(x) entities up and running without having to deal with unnecessary paperwork.We don’t mind paying taxes — we just don’t want to do taxes.”He continued: “What if we had to recreate the 501(c)(x) in 2017, what would it look like?Could it be as easy as creating a Meetup or Facebook group and also transparent, like on GitHub, so everyone can see what you do and learn from you without ever bothering you?”At least 186 projects are currently listed on Open Collective, continuously raising funds to support developer efforts.
Two GoFundMe campaigns have raised more than US$290,000 in an effort to buy the web browsing histories of U.S. politicians after Congress voted to allow broadband providers to sell customers' personal information without their permission.Even though Congress scrapped the FCC's ISP privacy rules last week, the Telecommunications Act still prohibits telecom providers from selling personally identifiable information in many cases.After last week's vote, and President Donald Trump's signature on the congressional resolution Monday, there's some question about whether those prohibitions on selling personal data now apply to ISPs."We do not sell our broadband customers' individual web browsing history," Comcast Senior Vice President Gerard Lewis wrote in a blog post."We did not do it before the FCC’s rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so."Still, providers of so-called marketing cloud services -- think Salesforce and Oracle -- track web users and develop extensive profiles based on shopping and web-browsing habits, said privacy advocate Jeffery Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy.
The company has repeatedly claimed it helped Donald Trump win the US presidency and got the Brexiters' "Leave" cause over the line has arrived in Australia.According to Reuters, Cambridge Analytica has registered an office in Maroubra, Sydney, and Liberal Party director Tony Nutt says the party plans to meet company representatives this week.(Reuters mis-identifies Nutt as a “government official”, which he's not.)Cambridge Analytica's Matthew Oczkowski was listed to speak at the Australian Direct Marketing Association's “Data Day” presentations (at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney today; Sofitel Melbourne on Collins on Wednesday), but if Reuters is correct, he'll be either joined or replaced by CEO Alexander Nix, ahead of their meeting with the Liberal Party.The company claims to have swung votes using a technique called “behavioural microtargeting”: profiling people using public information like Facebook “likes”.As The Register noted in March, there's some expert scepticism to deal with.
Facebook, Mozilla, the City University of New York, and other tech industry leaders, nonprofits, have joined together to launch a $14 million fund dedicated to advancing news literacy.The money will be invested in the News Integrity Initiative with the goal of increasing trust in journalism worldwide while also “better informing the public conversation.”Other backers of this investment include the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, AppNexus, and Betaworks.Money will be allocated towards applied research and projects, along with arranging meetings with industry experts.The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism has been tasked to administer the project.“As part of the Facebook Journalism Project, we want to give people the tools necessary to be discerning about the information they see online,” remarked Campbell Brown, Facebook’s head of news partnership in a statement.“Improving news literacy is a global concern, and this diverse group assembled by CUNY brings together experts from around the world to work toward building more informed communities.”In a time when the world is being inundated by “fake news”, it appears that the News Integrity Initiative wants to improve the current state of affairs and understand what journalism is all about.The participation by Facebook is somewhat controversial since it has largely denied being a media company, especially rebuking claims of its responsibility in last year’s U.S. presidential election.The social media company has also run into some criticism that it censored conservative viewpoints in its trending topics section, which company chief executive Mark Zuckerberg claimed didn’t happen, but resulted in some changes taking place.Over the past few months, Facebook has tried to strengthen its relationship with the press, even embarking on a roadshow to meet journalists and offering mea culpas to those in attendance.“In high school U.S. history, I learned that a trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy,” said Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund.
A few weeks ago, Dries Buytaert, founder of the popular open-source CMS Drupal, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal community, “to leave the Drupal project.” Why did he do this?I know all this because of Garfield’s lengthy public response to his ouster, self-deprecatingly titled “TMI about me“:Yes, I am one of those people … Despite the total lack of evidence that alternative lifestyle cultures offer any harm to anyone, there is still a great deal of prejudice and bigotry regarding it … someone, I do not know who, stumbled across my profile on a private, registration-required website for alternative-lifestyle people … that information made it to the Community Working Group (CWG), who concluded “there was no code of conduct violation present for [them] to take any action on” … in my first contact with Dries, he asked me “to step down from Drupal” … Drupal has been the cornerstone of my career for the past nearly 12 years … Dries wouldn’t budge on me leaving, including making it clear that it wasn’t an option, but an instruction … informing me that I’d been summarily dismissed from my position as track chair and as a speaker at DrupalCon, “per [my] conversation with Dries” … here I am, being bullied, harassed, and excluded because of my personal activities, which I don’t even publicize much less advocate for in tech circles.Buytaert (who is also co-founder and CTO of Acquia, a Drupal platform which has raised $175 million over the years and has been struggling to IPO for a few years now) retorts:when a highly-visible community member’s private views become public, controversial, and disruptive for the project, I must consider the impact … all people are created equally.We cannot persecute people for what they believe, no matter how much it disgusts us, and simultaneously maintain a free and open democracy … If diversity is our dogma, call me “spiritual, not religious”.
“People will voluntarily give up their privacy.” And while Harari acknowledges the dangers these developments could bring, he also sees the potential for a future that goes beyond the humanist literature that has historically warned us that transgressing natural limits invites catastrophe.“Humans are now about to do something that natural selection never managed to do, which is to create inorganic life – AI.Writing from Brussels, Florian Lang worries that the Eastern European nations ― Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia ― that were some of the latest to join the EU in the wake of the Cold War “have not only throttled the speed of the European car but, also changed it into reverse gear” by promoting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment and eroding civil liberties.Writing from Paris, Natalie Nougayrède warns that it is no exaggeration to say that the French republic is in danger in the upcoming elections as Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front sees recent advances in the polls.France’s upcoming presidential election is not just a battle for the Élysée Palace ― it amounts to a redefinition of a collective identity and a nation’s role in the world in the 21st century.”Even if Le Pen falls short at the polls as Geert Wilders did in last week’s Dutch elections, Cas Mudde writes that the swell of authoritarianism and nativism exemplified by leaders like Le Pen and Wilders isn’t confined to anti-establishment parties.
Channel 4 was shocked to learn last week that it was one of several brands running ads against extremist content on YouTube.“We got a call from The Times last week.“We immediately instructed all our ads to be pulled on the basis that it’s not a safe environment at the moment.”Brooke, who said approximately 5 percent of Channel 4’s ad spend goes towards YouTube, often pre-roll ads for Channel 4’s shows, voices a feeling familiar to media companies during this latest furore around brand safety: “If this happened in established media then we would be crucified.”Google, for its part, looks to be making good on its promises to raise the bar on ad policies, increase brand safety controls and improve transparency.Our ads have been appearing against content that is, at best, extremely offensive and, at worse, extraordinarily offensive to Channel 4’s core values.
(Reuters) – Ride services company Uber Technologies has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help soften its often abrasive image.Jones quit less than seven months after joining the San Francisco company, an Uber spokesman said on Sunday.In a statement to Reuters, Jones said he could not continue as president of a business with which he was incompatible.“I joined Uber because of its mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long term,” Jones said.“It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business,” he added.Jones wished the “thousands of amazing people at the company” well.Jones’ role was put into question after Uber earlier this month launched a search for a chief operating officer to help run the company alongside Chief Executive Travis Kalanick.Jones had been performing some of those COO responsibilities.He joined Uber from Target, where he was chief marketing officer and is credited with modernizing the retailer’s brand.“We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” an Uber spokesman said in an emailed statement.Uber’s vice president of maps and business platform, Brian McClendon, said separately he plans to leave the company at the end of the month to explore politics.“I’ll be staying on as an adviser,” McClendon said in a statement to Reuters.“This fall’s election and the current fiscal crisis in Kansas is driving me to more fully participate in our democracy.”Jones and McClendon are the latest in a string of high-level executives to leave the company.Last month, engineering executive Amit Singhal was asked to resign due to a sexual harassment allegation stemming from his previous job at Alphabet Inc’s Google.Earlier this month, Ed Baker, Uber’s vice president of product and growth, and Charlie Miller, Uber’s famed security researcher, departed.Technology news site Recode first reported Jones’ departure on Sunday.Uber, while it has long had a reputation as an aggressive and unapologetic startup, has been battered with multiple controversies over the last several weeks that have put Kalanick’s leadership capabilities and the company’s future into question.A former Uber employee last month published a blog post describing a workplace where sexual harassment was common and went unpunished.The blog post prompted an internal investigation that is being led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.Then, Bloomberg released a video that showed Kalanick berating an Uber driver who had complained about cuts to rates paid to drivers, resulting in Kalanick making a public apology.And earlier this month Uber confirmed it had used a secret technology program dubbed “Greyball,” which effectively changes the app view for specific riders, to evade authorities in cities where the service has been banned.
Amsterdam nattlivschef, kroppsarkitekten Lucy McRae and Estonia's CIO.All involved in the new Stockholmsfestivalen Gather, which can accommodate everything from yoga and conversation about technology and people.Gather, which takes place over four days in september, called for a inspirationsfestival and stretches like South by Southwest in the U.S. across multiple nights and concerts to share in the festival programme with panel discussions and a ”lab” where experts in various fields are invited to find solutions to the challenges that can include everything from urban planning to the democracy.”This will be the beginning of a cascade of magical stuff to present for Stockholm with everything from the most inspiring speakers to strange morgonsessions, running clubs, long nights, bastutalks and, not least, a lot of projects that will run in parallel during the festival week and to give rise to actual solutions,” said founder Jakob Grandin, who also is behind the Stockholmsklubbarna the Garden and Under the bridge.”Gather is all about getting the different disciplines to meet to get exciting things to happen.
A group of MPs has called in three of the tech giants' leading lights to answer questions about the spreading of hate speech and general abuse through their networks, with bosses from Twitter, Facebook and Google being straight-up accused of making "money out of hate" by members of the Home Affairs Committee.It's enough to make you proud of democracy for a change.It's well worth watching the actual video of the grilling to see how much squirming is done by the trio of execs.In one particularly cringeworthy exchange, Yvette Cooper asks Google communications boss Peter Barron the question: "In what circumstance is 'Jews admit organising white genocide' not a statement of hate speech?"to which Barron fumbles and stutters something about the definition of hate speech and how it's more about interpretation than actual laws, without saying anything of meaning.The Twitter man, meanwhile, was handed examples of offensive hashtags that weren't removed from his site.