Computer Scientist Warns of Social Media Manipulation in U.S. Election. Because it’s just six years old, Twitter has been around for only one U.S. presidential election, in 2008.
As the tide of Twitter users swells and the political stakes rise, candidates will increasingly use this social media platform to enhance our perception of their popularity and tarnish that of their opponents. There is ample opportunity to spread misinformation cheaply, argue Wellesley College computer scientists Panagiotis “Takis” Metaxas and Eni Mustafaraj, in the journal Science this week.
Metaxas, who says his students’ willingness to believe information on the Internet brought him to examine the issue, says that the ability to manipulate social media and search results remains underappreciated by the media and the public. IEEE Spectrum: Has social media manipulation increased with the current election? Panagiotis Metaxas: In the past, I have done research on specific cases. IEEE Spectrum: Why would Twitter manipulation be an effective strategy?
Service Design Network. Service Design Network. Arrests, Convictions and More - InfoRegistry. Measuring the Information Society. Measuring the Information Society 2009 - The ICT Development Index The latest edition of Measuring the Information Society features the new ITU ICT Development Index.
The Index captures the level of advancement of ICTs in more than 150 countries worldwide and compares progress made between 2002 and 2007. It also measures the global digital divide and examines how it has developed in recent years. The report also features a new ICT Price Basket, which combines fixed, mobile and broadband tariffs for 2008 into one measure and compares it across countries. The analytical report is complemented by a series of statistical tables providing country-level data for all indicators included in the Index.
Weathering the Unexpected. Related Content Browse this Topic: Queue on Reddit Failures happen, and resilience drills help organizations prepare for them.
Kripa Krishnan, Google Whether it is a hurricane blowing down power lines, a volcanic-ash cloud grounding all flights for a continent, or a humble rodent gnawing through underground fibers—the unexpected happens. DiRT was developed to find vulnerabilities in critical systems and business processes by intentionally causing failures in them, and to fix them before such failures happen in an uncontrolled manner. Setting Expectations For DiRT-style events to be successful, an organization first needs to accept system and process failures as a means of learning. Digital Copyright Exchange feasibility study. October 2012 As part of Phase One of the Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study, organisations were invited to submit evidence on the claim that copyright licensing was not fit for purpose for the digital age.
The submitted responses, with the exception of confidential submissions, are listed in alphabetical order by surname or company/organisation name. The views expressed in these submissions are those of the individuals or companies that submitted responses to the Call for Evidence and are not the views of the IPO/Government. July 2012 Today Richard Hooper published Copyright Works: streamlining copyright licensing for the digital age.
Smart cities get their own operating system. 30 September 2011Last updated at 12:23 By Katia Moskvitch Technology reporter, BBC News Smart cities with devices chatting to each other may dot the planet in the near future Cities could soon be looking after their citizens all by themselves thanks to an operating system designed for the metropolis.
The Urban OS works just like a PC operating system but keeps buildings, traffic and services running smoothly. New York comme plateforme. Google’s response to Siri is codenamed Majel, could be released by end of year. I wrote about Google’s response to Apple’s Siri voice assistant several months ago and over the last couple weeks I received further details about the secret project.
For starters it is codenamed Majel, which comes from Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, better known as the voice of the Federation Computer from Star Trek. Majel is an evolution of Google’s Voice Actions that is currently available on most Android phones with the addition of natural language processing. Where Voice Actions required you to issue specific commands like “send text to…” or “navigate to…”, Majel will allow you to perform actions in your natural language similar to how Siri functions. Speaking of actions, it sounds like only Google search queries will be included with the initial release, that could come as soon as this year. December if nearly half over, so a January or February release might be more realistic. Hopefully more concrete details will leak out soon.
Pillars Of Gaming: Game Functionality And Systems Round-Up [Future Of Gaming] In our research for the Future Of Gaming report, the PSFK consulting team noticed that in an effort to make their games more compelling and accessible to a wider audience, developers are using a combination of natural user interfaces, digital technologies and networked sensors to create new game play experiences.
These systems are bridging the gap between virtual and physical game environments and offering more opportunities to incorporate gaming into every day life. Below are the key trends falling under ‘Game Functionality And Systems’. Gesture-Based Gaming Multi-Screen Experiences Mixing Realities Life-Sized Game Pieces Real World Game Environments Implications.