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Media Bits and Bytes - February 19, 2019

New Report Exposes Facebook Fake News Schemes; Net Neutrality: FCC's Ajit Pai Loses in Court; The End of Amazon HQ2; Digital Pollution; New Tech for Privacy Protection; Automated Propaganda; The Ressa Case; We Interrupt This Emergency Declaration  

People opposed to Amazon's plan to locate a headquarters in Long Island City (Queens) protest outside of an Amazon bookstore,Photo: STEPHANIE KEITH/GETTY IMAGES


Facebook Labelled 'Digital Gangsters' By Report

By David Pegg
February 17, 2019
The Guardian

The final report of UK Parliamentary select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections.

FCC's Ajit Pai Loses in Court

By Jon Brodkin
February 4, 2019
Ars Technica

FCC failed to provide evidence and ignored harm to broadband access.

Amazon HQ2 Defeat for Tech Leaders

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By Natt Garun
February 14, 2019
The Verge

A win for Queens activists but a ‘facepalm’ for tech leaders.

The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

By Judy Estrin and Sam Gill
January/February/March 2019
Washington Monthly

Society figured out how to manage the waste produced by the Industrial Revolution. We must do the same thing with the Internet today.

Designing Welcome Mats to Invite User Privacy

By Alexis Hancock
February 14, 2019
Electronic Frontier Foundation

The designer behind the technology has the power to nudge the user to take actions that the business would like the user to take. 

The AI Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Make Public

By Tom Simonite
February 14, 2019

Google recently joined Microsoft in adding language to its financial filings warning investors that its AI software could raise ethical concerns and harm the business.

Philippines: Journalists, Advocates Slam Arrest of Maria Ressa

February 15, 2019

Members of the media and various groups say the arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is clearly part of the Duterte administration's attack on press freedom.

CBS Cuts Off Trump to Broadcast 'The Price is Right'

By Leah McDonald
February 15, 2019
Daily Mail

CBS cut away from Trump's emergency address after 21 minutes to show 'The Price is Right' which is normally broadcast at that time.