Category Archives: Accuracy

FOI Audits Reveal Flaws

FOI audits reveal flaws: Daniel Bevarly reports government FOI audits in Florida, Illinois and Tennessee find poor open records compliance.

“The independent findings from state FOI coalitions and a university disclose an ongoing challenge to government agencies to comply with their state’s open government laws and demonstrate consistent policy practices,” he writes.

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Papua New Guinea Faces A Month Without Facebook

Papua New Guinea faces a month without Facebook, following the example of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and North Korea.

Benny Geteng reports that the PNG communications minister wants time to investigate abuses and the possibility of creating a national social network site.

Using The “L” Word

Using the “L” word: Daniel Dale explains that a lie is a false statement made intentionally.

“If we journalists are going to present ourselves as arbiters of truth, we have to stick to what we know is true,” he writes. “And that means not calling something a lie when we don’t have a reasonable certainty that Trump’s intention is deception.”

Spanish Digital Era Ethics Manual

Spanish digital era ethics manual: Paola Nalvarte writes that the International Center For Journalists published a guide on ethical principles.

“The document highlights credibility as a fundamental value of journalism in the twenty-first century.”

Hate Groups Manipulate Media

Hate groups manipulate media: Whitney Phillips warns that journalists covering hate groups unwittingly spread their hateful ideology and other false and misleading narratives “with news coverage itself harnessed to fuel hate, confusion and discord.”

 

How The Internet Found Its Voice

How the internet found its voice: Lyz Lenz analyzes the rise of internet writing.

“It comes as no surprise that finding and creating a cohesive understanding of internet writing is just as dubious, problematic and maddening as the internet itself,” she writes.

“The internet, with its irreverence and short attention span, is a perfect vehicle for crassly delightful send-up humor.”

 

Ethics Of Talking Machines

Ethics of talking machines: Drew Harwell writes that Google’s artificial intelligence assistant sounds almost exactly like a human.

It’s a convenience for phone-shy people, “but it is also raising thorny questions about the ethics of using a machine to copy a person’s voice, carry out commands — and potentially deceive the unsuspecting listener on the other side.”

Guarding Against Deepfakes

Guarding against deepfakes: Nicholas Diakopoulos writes that a media synthesis algorithm generates convincing but fake video.

“Dire as the case may be, it could offer a great comeback opportunity for mainstream media,” writes Diakopoulos. Trained journalists can act as validators and assessors of mediated reality the public can trust.

 

Crazy Media Poll Answers Kill Public Trust

Crazy media poll answers kill public trust: Davide W. Moore explores CBS News poll on investigation into Trump administration ties to Russia.

“Apart from the confusing wording of the initial question, the poll results suffer from not measuring how strongly people feel about the issue,” writes Moore. “It’s highly unlikely that 95 percent of the public has thought carefully about the issues involved in the investigation, yet that is what the poll results suggest.”