An AI that writes convincing prose risks mass-producing fake news

Fed with billions of words, this algorithm creates convincing articles and shows how AI could be used to fool people on a mass scale.

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Top US Admiral in Mid-East warns of growing Iranian threat – CNNPolitics

Alas IRGC cronies and activities in Vancouver do not get exposed for influence activities because of our respect for partner sovereignty. On the brighter side, they also give US partners a lending hand in deep-sixing.

Iran is in possession of improved and dangerous weapons systems that give Tehran the ability to threaten some of the world’s most important waterways, according to the top American admiral in the Middle East.

Source: Top US Admiral in Mid-East warns of growing Iranian threat – CNNPolitics

Why the new Air Force’s cyber and information strategy is a return to the past

What is being hailed as a major breakthrough in the Air Force’s cyber and information plan is a return to previous plans.

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Russia Is Attacking the U.S. System From Within

Wow … how observant to notice this method in 2018-19. Those “Russians”!!!

A new filing by Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows how Russia uses the federal courts to go after its adversaries.

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A New Americanism

Historians’ failure to tell a common American national story has ceded the field to charlatans offering their own twisted versions—and allowed a dangerous strain of American nationalism to take hold.

“The history of the United States at the present time does not seek to answer any significant questions,” Degler told his audience some three decades ago. If American historians don’t start asking and answering those sorts of questions, other people will, he warned. They’ll echo Calhoun and Douglas and Father Coughlin. They’ll lament “American carnage.” They’ll call immigrants “animals” and other states “shithole countries.” They’ll adopt the slogan “America first.” They’ll say they can “make America great again.” They’ll call themselves “nationalists.” Their history will be a fiction. They will say that they alone love this country. They will be wrong.

Source: A New Americanism

Can American Political Candidates Help Stop the Flood of Disinformation with a Pledge?

Bots, fictitious accounts, and disinformation pose a massive threat to democratic elections. American political candidates should take a pledge to disavow such tactics, and voters should demand it.

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We Followed YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Down The Rabbit Hole

Despite year-old promises to fix its “Up Next” content recommendation system, YouTube is still suggesting conspiracy videos, hyperpartisan and misogynist videos, pirated videos, and content from hate groups following common news-related searches.

Source: We Followed YouTube’s Recommendation Algorithm Down The Rabbit Hole