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The Guardian | 12/28/2017
Social networks spent much of 2017 slowly coming to terms with the extent to which their platforms had been exploited to spread political misinformation. But the narrow focus of investigations over the last year is likely to cause further pain in 2018, as the US midterm elections create a new urgency for the problem to be solved.
At the beginning of this year, Facebook was hostile to the suggestion that it may have played an unwitting part in a foreign influence campaign. After the election of Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, described the suggestion that his site may have swayed voters as a “crazy idea”, despite evidence that hoaxes and lies had been spread on the social network during the campaign. (He later apologised for the comment, saying it was “dismissive and I regret it”.)
The Guardian | 12/14/2017
The Anglican Church has released a statement this morning ahead of the release of the final report, which will then be tabled to parliament out of session and made public, we’ve been told, before noon.
The commission has been releasing a series of incremental reports about abuse in various institutions in the lead-up to their final report being delivered to the governor general today, and last week released damning findings about the Anglican diocese of Newcastle.
Kelly Hughes | 11/22/2017
The neoliberal economic dictum of a global free trade system being a “collective good” is flawed. Watershed events, such as the 2016 US election and the United Kingdom during the Brexit referendum, display an increasing trend geared towards political backlash against free trade from countries with advanced capitalist economies. The last half century has seen neoliberal economic generate a massive shift of wealth from ‘ordinary’ people in the US and UK to elites as a result of free trade, Rennie Short (2016) In theory, free trade may sounds good as it stimulates rapid economic growth, but in reality, workers get exploited, work for lower wages and lose their jobs to automation and outsourcing for cheaper labor. Political discontent, economic insecurity and instability has evidently fueled resentment that has resulted in vulnerable voters aligning to neofascist dema
The Age | 11/22/2017
Voluntary euthanasia is set to become legal in Victoria after historic laws passed the upper house on Wednesday, despite ferocious opposition from conservative MPs.
The bill passed the upper house with 22 votes to 18, after a marathon 28-hour sitting that began on Tuesday afternoon and ended just after 4pm on Wednesday.
Kelly Hughes | 11/1/2017
The power of social media could never have been foretold by the Journalism and public relations sector. Its influence has been palpable and inserted a contemporary new layer of communication into the media mix. The rise of citizen journalism has seen an evolving platform for the way breaking news and global events are now covered by everyday citizens with access to a digital device. The speed and scale in which information can be uploaded online has exceeded expectations of the 24 hour, real-time dissemination of news, cycle.