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Jimmy Wales is all about grand ideas: 16 years ago, he co-founded Wikipedia, one of the largest compendiums of information on the planet. Now, he’s out to tackle the plague of fake news on the web with a new venture called Wikitribune. Wikitribune is a global news site that will feature stories by professional journalists; their articles will be vetted and fact-checked by volunteers, and efforts will be made to ensure maximum possible transparency about the sources of information for each piece.
Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee it or pay for it will probably go nowhere. At the same time, trust in the media is low and fact-checking efforts have become entwined with partisan politics.
Jimmy Wales changed encyclopedias and news while he was at it. And now he’s at it at it again, announcing a crowdfunding campaign to start Wikitribune, a collaborative news platform with “professional journalists and community contributors working side-by-side to produce fact-checked, global news stories. The community of contributors will vet the facts, help make sure the language is factual and neutral, and will to the maximum extent possible be transparent about the source of news posting full transcripts, video, and audio of interviews.” The content will be free with monthly patrons providing as much support as possible, advertising as little as possible.
On the site’s opening video message, Wales adjusts his glasses and tosses out the site’s lofty ambition: “The news is broken, but we’ve figured out how to fix it.”
For news organizations, the promise of VR has been marred by a handful of challenges that have so far made it difficult to justify wholesale investment in the technology.
That’s clear from a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism that takes an in-depth look at the state of VR news in 2017. The conclusion: despite some earnest early efforts among news organizations, widespread adoption of the technology among consumers is still years away.
When talking about the future of the Huffington Post brand, editor-in-chief Lydia Polgreen points to the homepage “splash” following the news that Bill O’Reilly had been let go from Fox News.
The Huffington Post has pulled no punches with its tabloid-inspired homepage splashes.
“BILLY ON THE STREET,” its Bill O’Reilly story announced.
“HE WENT TO JARED,” another proclaimed (Jared Kushner, that is).
Here’s another, on Rep. Devin Nunes:
— Hillary Frey (@hilella) March 29, 2017
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As European Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey, “Ankara prosecutors launch probe into ex-French diplomat for ‘inciting’ Erdoğan’s assassination…In Uncategorized on April 25, 2017 at 13:21
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Ruthless Assault on Press Freedom Shields State from Scrutiny Cumhuriyet Journalists Held; Kurdish Media Closed; Mayors Jailed On the night of July 15, 2016, elements of the Turkish military staged an attempt to overthrow the democratically elected
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Istanbul municipality has a special like for tulips. Due to crisis with Netherlands, tulip business might have shifted but still Taksim Square was decorated with islands of tulips. However, municipality stated that in order to protect tulips, security personnel are on duty:
Taksim'de betonun üzerine saksı, saksının içine lale, lalenin başına da güvenlik koymuşlar. http://pic.twitter.com/QApg44m1Cp
— Fırat Yeşilçınar (@Jiyaniiiii) April 19, 2017
istanbul lale festivali.
beton taksim'de saksılar.
saksıların içinde 143 bin lale.
lalenin başında özel güvenlikler.
— Engin Onder (@enginonder) April 23, 2017
Kafalar çok güzel!
İstanbul Lale Festivali kapsamında Taksim’de betona saksı, saksının içine lale, lalenin başına da güvenlik koyuldu. http://pic.twitter.com/OjgCbZ1LDj
— Leyla Alp (@leylaalp) April 22, 2017
Taksim Meydanı'nda 'Lale Tim' iş başında ✋ http://pic.twitter.com/QEGbEnAMYw
— Murad Çobanoğlu (@muradcobanoglu) April 22, 2017
Taksim meydanına 160 tür 143 bin Lale yakışmış. Yerinde gördük. http://pic.twitter.com/h3qCShWiNq
— M. ihsan simsek (@misimsek) April 19, 2017
Onbinlerce lale Taksim'de açıyor…
— İstanbul Büyükşehir (@istanbulbld) April 18, 2017
— BeyoğluParkBahçeler (@bbparkbahceler) April 18, 2017
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The resistance is alive in Britain, and it’s armed with a spreadsheet.
A super detailed, exquisitely crafted Google spreadsheet called “How to Vote to Stop the Tories” started doing the rounds on social media almost immediately after a snap election was called last Tuesday.
here is the doc
Right now, in the 21st century, everything is political. Even the private issues and the views become about politics, and the young people are the ones who can’t draw the line and are dragging politics into their daily life. This way, even the social media becomes a part of the political struggle and you can see more and more activists for something online.
The Structure of Facebook Activism Explained
Opinion: An appreciation of Bob Taylor, the man who helped Silicon Valley’s greats understand the importance of teamwork.
Augmented reality, Messenger upgrades, and more. The post Here’s Everything
When humans teach computers how to behave, the machines have no choice but to learn from us.
Bruce Schneier takes to the pages of Technology Review to remind us all that while botnets have been around for a long time, the Internet of Things is supercharging them, thanks to insecurity by design.
To folks at the cybersecurity firm Symantec, the hacking group they call “Longhorn” has always seemed like a state actor.
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