Journalism and media

Alternative Facts Are The Norm In Public Understanding Of Science

http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/05/29/527892222/in-public-understanding-of-science-alternative-facts-are-the-norm?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20170529 The notion of alternative facts was roundly mocked on social media.  But there are many alternative facts that are just as absurd from an empirical point of view but widely endorsed nonetheless: that dinosaurs once coexisted with humans; that vaccines cause autism; that genetically modified foods are dangerous to eat; that humans are not responsible for

10 Popular ‘Life Hacks’ That Don’t Actually Work

http://interestingengineering.com/10-popular-life-hacks-dont-actually-work/ The internet can be a fantastic wealth of information – some are trustworthy and reliable information – some are just fake. Some of the most popular bits of info floating around the web come as simple ‘life hack.’ Unfortunately many of them do not work as promised. Here are some examples of fake life

A conversation about digital copyright reform | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/15/a-conversation-about-digital-copyright-reform/?ncid=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&sr_share=facebook The European Union is in the process of reforming copyright laws that date back to 2001, as part of a wider strategy to establish a Digital Single Market across the 28 Member States of the bloc, aiming to break down regional barriers to ecommerce. Earlier this year an agreement was reached on ending geoblocks on travelers digital subscriptions by

Can Brave’s Bitcoin Payment Platform Save Online Publishing? – IEEE Spectrum

http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/can-braves-bitcoin-payment-platform-save-online-publishing Nice try to change Internet publishing. But the answer to question is no. First reason is that there is rule that if article headline asks yes/no type question, then answer is almost always no. Second reason is that I have seen over years many different attempts to do somewhat similar things and all failed.

White House fails to make case that Russian hackers tampered with election | Ars Technica

http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/12/did-russia-tamper-with-the-2016-election-bitter-debate-likely-to-rage-on/ Released report does not have good solid evidence who was behind the attacks. This article also tells why it is hard to know who is really behind those attacks – it is well possible that hackers faked some of the evidence. Whoever did this, if they wanted to cause disruption and lack of faith,