Digital Daily Dozen: 11/21/16

Here’s how Facebook plans to fix its fake-news problem   

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t think fake news influenced last week’s presidential election. But it turns out he does think fake news is a problem on Facebook, and he laid out a few details about a number of “projects we already have underway” to stop the spread of fake news on Facebook in the future.



Let’s get real. Facebook is not to blame for Trump.  (Commentary) 

In the days after the shocking election of Donald Trump to the office of the president, we’re performing our standard triage and diagnostic routine. One of the running themes is that Facebook and the #FakeNewsSites problem are to blame for false knowledge and therefore Trump’s election win. This is a specious argument.



The Executioner’s Song: Why the Networks Stopped Cancelling New Shows 

As we head into the tenth week of the 2016-17 broadcast season, the days of summary executions seem over. A steady diminishment of gross ratings points and the hope that delayed viewing may translate into a compensatory uptick in commercial deliveries have stayed the executioner’s hand in unprecedented fashion.



Why Isn’t Every Show You Want to Watch on Streaming Video? 

For better or worse, industry experts say the biggest factor in determining whether an older show lands on streaming these days is whether or not a big streaming service believes adding that show to its lineup will help boost subscriptions.



Virtual reality gets gritty with breaking news 

Bryn Mooser is “hell-bent” on changing the world, via virtual reality. Think of his Huffington Post/RYOT outfit as the Vice of virtual reality. A scrappy group of globe-trotting video journalists out for social change, HuffPost/RYOT has been tapped by Google to serve as the VR “breaking news” unit for its new Daydream platform and headset.



SAM app helps counselors, parents detect language of teen suicide 

John Pestian, a professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has found that there are indicators in spoken language that can help school counselors and medical professionals identify when kids are at risk for suicide or when they may be suffering from a mental illness but are not at risk for suicide.




A key question that news organizations face, particularly during intense periods like election years, is to what degree journalists should present the facts with some interpretation, giving their audience guidance in navigating all the information that comes at them.




Though tech policy was not a significant focus for the Trump campaign, one aspect should be vitally important to the new administration: expanding broadband access. Policymakers across the political spectrum recognize the importance of narrowing the digital divide.



Internet of things set to change the face of dementia care

Smart bottles that dispense the correct dose of medication at the correct time, digital assistants, and chairs that know how long you’ve sat in them are among the devices set to change the face of care for those living with dementia. Dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales.



Magazine Adds Augmented Reality to Pages

As virtual reality continues to shape publishing, augmented reality comes into play with beauty publication Allure’s standalone application that brings print magazine issues to life as everything shifts to digital. Subscribers of Allure are getting a unique and innovative experience with magazine reading with the latest December issue.



IoT security camera infected within 98 seconds of plugging it in 

One and a half minutes is all it took after plugging in an internet-connected security camera for the camera be infected with malware. Unlike the average Jane or Joe Doe who would not want their security camera to be immediately infected with malware, Rob Graham, CEO of Errata Security, called it “fun” to watch the infection.



The multi-platform conundrum  (Commentary)

We can go online to create personal news feeds which deliver only the kind of stories that we’re comfortable believing, where it doesn’t matter if they’re true. Ultimately, there is only one person who can truly mitigate the impact of fake, biased or otherwise distorted content. The news consumer.



What happened to social media being a conversation platform instead of an echo chamber?  (Commentary)

We are what we read online and this can be dangerous. Curated and personalized news feeds are driving us into holes we might not be able to dig ourselves out of – meaning, we’re becoming more and more self-absorbed with those that share our own views. It’s like an episode of Black Mirror, but instead it’s reality.





The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.