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In France, school lessons ask: which Twitter post should you trust? • The New York Times
Adam Satariano and Elian Peltier:
<p>A group of teenagers recently swarmed into a room at Collège Henri Barbusse near Lyon, France, for a class typically dedicated to learning Spanish. But on that Wednesday, an unusual lesson awaited them.

Five posts from Twitter were up on the board. The assignment: Decipher whether they were trustworthy or suspect.

The ninth graders quickly focused on a post by the far-right politician Marine Le Pen, related to a headline-grabbing incident in France when a teenager had threatened a teacher. One student said Ms. Le Pen’s post could be trusted because her account had been verified by Twitter. But Samia Houbiri, 15, piped up that Ms. Le Pen simply wanted attention.

“She picks a topic, she exaggerates things, and then people will say, ‘She’s right, I should vote for her,’” Ms. Houbiri said.
At the front of the class, Sandra Laffont, a journalist teaching the workshop, nodded and said, “Politicians may sometimes exaggerate reality because their goal is to convince people that their ideas are the right ones.”

The class was part of a novel experiment by a government to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation. France is coordinating one of the world’s largest national media and internet literacy efforts to teach students, starting as early as in middle school, how to spot junk information online.</p>

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yesterday by charlesarthur
Why the New York Times, BuzzFeed, and more help you find the best - Vox
Vox Media uses affiliate links on many of its sites, including But the business of being a moneymaking website can complicate the prospect of building reader trust. Recode reported in March that for the owner of one mattress review site, “the size of the commission he gets from a mattress brand coupled with the sales volume of that item does indeed influence his rankings.” According to Recode, he wasn’t the only one.
consumerism  trust 
yesterday by craniac
What Is a Data Trust? | Centre for International Governance Innovation
In 2009, Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize in Economics for her work on informal governance systems for the commons. She published “8 Principles for Managing a Commons,” describing the characteristics of governance to avoid the tragedy of the commons — a term used to describe a situation in which individuals extract value from shared resources at the cost of others’ enjoyment of those same resources.
trust  data  trusts  governance  decision  policy  society 
2 days ago by juliantait
In Way Too Little We Trust - Adam Garfinkle, The American Interest, Dec 2017
Via Pierre-Yves Saintoyant

"The essence of all this is that people who share common mazeways from having lived together and been socialized generation to generation can anticipate what others are up to, and the result is a network or web of reciprocal shared expectations."

"The ballast provided by social trust enables a relatively light-handed government to do for a collection of communities in a larger country only what they cannot readily do for themselves."

"... seven factors [my numbering]— [1] immigration-driven heterogeneity, [2] the decline of traditional religious mores and related informal norms, [3] technology-driven isolation, [4] the backwash of institutional dysfunction and elite dethronement, [5] the media-driven “mean world syndrome,” [6] family instability and breakdown, and [7] the excessive intrusiveness of the state"

"This suggests that, however the problem arose, the decline of social trust has taken on a downward-spiraling life of its own, generating not only a compounding lack of trust but also an ambient pessimism about the future. So we have not just a problem, but a problem set defined by these seven causal elements."

"If we are driven nearly berserk politically by current levels of labor displacement—and we are—we will clearly enter the domain of full-frontal social unsustainability if the challenge more than quadruples in a single generation. And yet at present there is absolutely zero prospect that the American political class will do anything about this. Some people are terrified about what a rising deficit could mean, but compared to the existential threat to social order posed by an automation-driven political economy derangement of this magnitude, the deficit problem, serious as it is, seems like no more than a bad hangnail."
TheAmericanInterest  trust  Society  politics  US 
7 days ago by pierredv
With the new Google E.A.T guidelines, domain authority and impact your more than ever. RT
SEO  trust  from twitter
10 days ago by jhill5
The way we build with our online audiences needs to evolve if we want to better tackle the new complexities…
trust  from twitter
11 days ago by jhill5
The Digital Maginot Line
We are immersed in an evolving, ongoing conflict: an Information World War in which state actors, terrorists, and ideological extremists leverage the social infrastructure underpinning everyday life to sow discord and erode shared reality.
information  trust  communication  internet  war  future  reality 
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