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Welcome to Sunday's Big Revolution. The news may be quiet this weekend, but there's still plenty for
 
January 20 · Issue #323 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Sunday’s Big Revolution. The news may be quiet this weekend, but there’s still plenty for you to read.
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • Journalists are too negative, the academic who first defined principles of news says. “Johan Galtung, a Norwegian professor who wrote a key scientific paper more than 50 years ago that listed a series of factors including conflict and immediacy as the hallmarks of news reporting, said his work was intended as a warning, not a guide.”
One big read
Deepfakes and the New Disinformation War Deepfakes and the New Disinformation War
This newsletter has covered deepfakes quite a bit over the past few months, but this article is worth reading even if you think you know it all. It looks at some of the solutions to the issue, as well as the problems. The conclusion is a bit more thoughtful than ‘we’re all doomed!’ too.
The Sexts of Jeff Bezos and the Death of Privacy
How we’re all to blame for the amount of trash that gets discussed in the media. “We are both the fodder for and the creators of the noise pollution that is mucking up so much, including the national discourse.”
No, tech companies shouldn’t fund journalism - Columbia Journalism Review
Here’s James Ball with one perspective on the trend for tech companies and entrepreneurs to fund journalism…
Facebook should treat the cause, not the symptoms, of journalism’s plight
…and here’s Emily Bell with a counterpoint on the same debate.
From WhatsApp to Alexa : why the ad-free era is over
A look at some of the new ad formats grasping for your attention.
One big tweet
Your first test if you want a job with the NSA…
Rob Joyce
Stop by and charge your phones @shmoocon! Courtesy of @NSAGov https://t.co/yxIL8mohvi
6:23 PM - 18 Jan 2019
That’s all for today...
Back tomorrow with a regular weekday edition. See you then!
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