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Critical Thinking: With the Proliferation of 'Fake News' Appearing on Social Media Sites, Should Companies Like Facebook and Twitter Be Protected?

Parker Richards '18 argues that websites should not be held liable for content such as fake news or Islamic State propaganda. Richards writes that "such liability would fundamentally undermine the freedom of the press intrinsic to American democracy."

Read the full story, published on 3/14/17, in Editor & Publisher.

Defending the Data: Dartmouth Professor Dan Rockmore Helps Preserve Climate Science

Features an interview with Daniel Rockmore, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science and director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, who joined an international crusade by scholars and scientists to download massive volumes of valuable climate science data when word got out that the Trump administration, as part of its climate change denial efforts, planned to eliminate the data from federal government websites.

The World Wide Web's Inventor Warns It's In Peril on 28th Anniversary

Quotes Sean Smith, professor of computer science and director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society, about how cyberweapons pose a significantly greater threat because they spread at a faster rate than physical weapons. "It's already happening," said Smith. "If the CIA is working on breaking into phones like other hackers, you can bet it's working on other devices, just like hackers."

Read the full story, published on 3/11/17, in USA Today.

How Algorithms Can Help Beat Islamic State

An article about Hany Farid, the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor of Computer Science and the chair of computer science, and his technological solution to sweep digital networks and automatically purge extremist content, if tech companies adopt it. "The dark side of the open internet is that truly fringe and harmful ideas now are mainstream, or at least accessible to 7½ billion people." Yet, "Whenever we have one of these attacks, we just wring our hands for a few weeks and then wait for the next one to happen," said Farid.

3 Ways to Read 'Code Warriors'

In his latest blog post for Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim discusses the book Code Warriors: NSA's Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union by Stephen Budiansky, and the impact of cryptography, NSA history, and institutional culture on organizational effectiveness. Kim is director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).

Eight Candidates Compete for Lebanon School Board

Adam Nemeroff, an instructional designer at Dartmouth, is one of eight candidates vying for seats on the nine-person Lebanon, N.H., school board. Nemeroff is running for his first term on the board. He moved to Lebanon in 2014 and as an instructional designer he helps faculty implement technology into their teaching. "I'm truly excited about the prospect of serving my community," Nemeroff said, adding he wants to help explore how to create the best learning experiences for children.

Why Reality Is Not a Video Game — And Why It Matters

In his latest post for "13.7 Cosmos & Culture," Marcelo Gleiser, the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy, discusses a satirical essay written by Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker, in which he wondered whether the strange reality we live in could be some kind of computer game played by an advanced intelligence. "It seems to me that being so advanced they would have collected enough knowledge about their past to have little interest in this kind of simulation," says Gleiser. "But a full-fledged, resource-consuming simulation of an entire universe?

Inside the Anti-Science Forces of the Internet

Quotes Brendan Nyhan, professor of government, on why people reject vaccines. People Googling health information "might be distrustful of a website they just found on the internet," said Nyhan. "But if a friend shares a story with you and says, 'This is really important,' you might be more likely to believe it."

Read the full story in this 3/7/17 Buzzfeed post.

Facebook's Fake News Tag Is Here. Who Is Charged With Flagging Hoaxes?

Quotes Brendan Nyhan, professor of government, in an article about how Facebook quietly rolled out its 'disputed news' tag Friday, allowing certain users to flag false reports on the platform. Nyhan is quoted from an article published earlier this year, where he commented on how the trend of fake news reflects the divisive political climate.

Read the full story in the  3/6/17 of the Christian Science Monitor.

Uber Used Secret Tool, Extraordinary Measures to Sidestep Government Officials

Quotes Paul Argenti, professor of corporate communications, about the reputation of Uber—the ride-hailing service that has become one of the tech industry's most emulated companies—after it was discovered that the company has taken extraordinary measures to evade government officials in places where the service was restricted or banned. Though Argenti and other experts suggested the company could recover its momentum with better management, "Ultimately, your reputation is a complex thing," he said. "There has to be a lot of bad stuff going on for this to make a difference.

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