Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Nov 2017 23:33 UTC
Internet & Networking

This week, representatives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter are appearing before House and Senate subcommittees to answer for their role in Russian manipulation during the 2016 election, and so far, the questioning has been brutal. Facebook has taken the bulk of the heat, being publicly called out by members of Congress for missing a wave of Russian activity until months after the election.

But one of the most interesting parts of yesterday's proceedings actually came after the big companies had left the room, and a national security researcher named Clint Watts took the floor. Watts is one of the most respected figures in the nascent field of social media manipulation - and when it came time to diagnose root of Russia's platform meddling, he put much of the blame on the decision to allow anonymous accounts. As long as Russian operatives can get on Twitter and Facebook without identifying themselves, Watts diagnosed, foreign actors will be able to quietly influence our politics.

I decided to keep this particular part of the hearings currently underway out of the previous item I posted because I feel it's too important not to be discussed on its own merit. The concept of anonymity online is a complex issue, and instinctively, I want to say it's one of the greatest things about the internet. What part of it are we willing to give up - assuming we still have it or parts of it to begin with - to prevent dictators like Putin from meddling with our elections?

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RE[3]: Comment from Joe
by judgen on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment from Joe"
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The one thing you can say about the left is that they are at least always collectivist in some form and the right is more about the individual. The rest is politics as usual depending on the wants of the constituencies.

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RE[4]: Comment from Joe
by zima on Sat 4th Nov 2017 21:07 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment from Joe"
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Also not necesserilly the case. ;) The left is more likely to protect rights and freedoms of minority groups like gays or unemployed, so that's about the individual. OTOH the right is for example more into religion, which is the essence of collectivism.

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RE[5]: Comment from Joe
by judgen on Mon 6th Nov 2017 08:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment from Joe"
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The left protecting minorities? Do not make me laugh. Mao in PRC, Pol Pot in Kampuchea, Chaucescu in Romania and so on paints a good picture on how the left treats minorities once in power.

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