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Lies, propaganda and fake news: A challenge for our age

With news sources splintering and falsehoods spreading widely online, can anything be done? Richard Gray takes an in-depth look at how we got here – and hears from the researchers and innovators seeking to save the truth.<p>Who was the first black president of America? It’s a fairly simple question …

Journalism

Anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim messages scrawled across city

A fresh wave of hate crimes has hit the city — including swastikas and anti-Muslim mail — amidst a rash of bigoted threats and vandalism around the …

Rights & Freedoms

Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs

A conference in London this week brings together military and intelligence officials hoping to use social media as a tool in the armed forces.<p>A global conference of senior military and intelligence officials taking place in London this week reveals how governments increasingly view social media as …

Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy

(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court …

Surveillance

American Spies: how we got to mass surveillance without even trying

Review: law prof explains how the road to bad law is paved with good intentions.<p>While <i>American Spies</i> was written prior to Donald Trump winning the …

Fact or fiction: Are we living in an Orwellian era?

<i>Tim Conley is a professor of English Language and Literature at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.</i><p>What's the difference between fiction and a lie?<p>As the world watches "truthiness" being supplanted by "alternative facts," George Orwell's novel <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, first published almost 70 …

What George Orwell would have made of Donald Trump | Financial Times

The Munich Security Conference used to be the place where western leaders talked about bad and dangerous things happening elsewhere in the world. …

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Dictionaries to the Rescue: On the Importance of Words in a Post-Truth Era

In his 1946 essay, <i>Politics and the English Language</i>, George Orwell discusses the consequences and causes of sloppy language. It’s a vicious …

Linguistics

WATCH: Michael Moore says President Trump’s speech ushered in a “new chapter” of George Orwell’s “1984”

<b>(MSNBC)</b><p>The director called the president a “narcissist” but also said that Trump “always knows what he’s doing”<p>Taylor Link<p>March 1, 2017 1:26pm (UTC)<p>Director and activist Michael Moore joined MSNBC's Chris Matthews Tuesday night to react to President Donald Trump's address to Congress. Moore found …

Donald Trump

Kellyanne Conway: WH Spokesman Gave 'Alternative Facts' on Inauguration Crowd

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave “alternative facts” when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as “the largest ever” during his first appearance before the press this weekend.<p>White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gathered …

Orwell’s “1984” and Trump’s America

I have, I’m afraid, a terrible confession to make: I have never been a huge fan of George Orwell’s “1984.” It always seemed, in its extrapolations from present to future, too pat, a little lacking in the imaginative extrapolations we want from dystopian literature. As the British author Anthony …

Donald Trump

Fake news for liberals: misinformation starts to lean left under Trump

The president’s tumultuous first weeks in office could influence uptick in viral sharing of misleading articles and propaganda that stoke progressive anxieties<p>While stories of police violence at Standing Rock have become commonplace, the account that spread last week was particularly shocking. An …

Fake News

5 Key Takeaways From President Trump’s Speech

WASHINGTON — In President Trump’s world, boring is disruptive.<p>After five-plus weeks of gleefully setting the Washington establishment ablaze and declaring a new war with virtually every public utterance, Mr. Trump took the radical step on Tuesday night of delivering a soothing comfort food of an …

Federal magistrate judge in Illinois rules that being forced to unlock your phone with a fingerprint could violate your rights

M. David Weisman, a magistrate judge in Illinois's Eastern Division, denied a federal warrant application that would have allowed law enforcement …

Surveillance state? More than half of councils give body cameras to staff

More than half of UK councils have given body-worn cameras to their officials to snoop on minor offences such as littering, bad parking and …

Hackers ransom children’s voices recorded on teddy bears

Data from internet-connected smart teddy bears has been leaked and ransomed, exposing children’s voice messages and more than half a million customer …

Donald Trump's speech to Congress was full of ugly, dangerous lies about immigrants

President Donald Trump used his joint address before Congress on Tuesday evening to spew some big falsehoods about immigration, again smearing …

Donald Trump