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[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my diigo]


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How I Became Fake News – “I witnessed a terrorist attack in Charlottesville. Then the conspiracy theories began.”


Influencers of the 21st Century – “Inspiriert von Hans Eijkelboom Werk “People of the 21st Century” haben wir uns diverse “Influencer” Accounts angeschaut, um Gemeinsamkeiten festzustellen.”

Ende Gelände 2017 – Gleisblockade erster Tag – “Am ersten Tag der Ende Gelände Aktionstage 2017 waren mehrere tausend Aktivist_innen im Rheinischen Braunkohlerevier unterwegs, um Braunkohleinfrastruktur zu blockieren.”

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Fuck Nazis Virtual Lapel Pin – “TL;DR: Fuck Nazis and everything they stand for.”

German Government Shuts Down Indymedia – “What It Means and What to Do”

The Web’s Most Toxic Trolls Live in … Vermont? – “It’s never really going to go away.” The company analyzed 92 million comments over a 16-month period, written by almost 2 million authors on more than 7,000 forums that use the software.”

Offline Only – “You must go offline to view this page. Disconnect to continue”

Pirate Bay Founders Ordered to Pay Music Labels $477,000 – “Two founders of The Pirate Bay have been ordered by a court in Finland to pay record labels more than $477,000 in compensation. Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm were found liable for ongoing copyright breaches on the site. Neither appeared to mount a defense so both were found guilty in their absence.”

Man Waving “Blacks for Trump” Sign at President’s Rally has Bizarre Beliefs about Race War – Woodside “initially reinvented himself as a Republican activist in the 1990s, after the black supremacist cult leader he had followed throughout the previous decade, Yahweh ben Yahweh, was jailed for a series of killings that included the beheading of one victim. Woodside was eventually acquitted of playing any part in those murders, despite testimony from his brother, who had also been in the cult, implicating him in two killings.”

Feds drop demand for 1.3 million IP addresses that visited anti-Trump site – “Despite warrant’s language, feds say they didn’t want visitor logs.”

Silicon Valley can’t handle hate speech. Should the state take over? – “The UK is considering new laws to crack down on hate speech online. But the German-inspired model has flaws”

Greetings from Liverpool, where one of the world’s greatest ever bands have sort of reformed – “There’ll be some banging on about The KLF on Popjustice’s social media channels over the next few days. Here’s why”

GoogleByte v Beyon-Say: an exclusive extract from the KLF’s chilling novel about the world in 2023 – “The KLF, the band that burned £1m, are back – with a futureshocker in which AppleTree and GoogleByte are global powers. But is a shadowy group called the Illuminati actually in charge? And is it true J-Zee and Beyon-Say are members?”

Mic’s drop – “How exploited social justice for clicks, and then abandoned a staff that believed in it.”

What is the alt right? A linguistic data analysis of 3 billion Reddit comments shows a disparate group that is quickly uniting – “The_Donald and other alt-right spaces are acting as meeting places for disaffected white men from all walks of life to share a communal hatred. They start out in different corners of the internet with different interests and different lexicons. They remain separate when they’re outside of The_Donald, but the more time they spend in there, the more pernicious views of the world they are likely to pick up by osmosis. They are forming a coherent group identity, represented in the language they have begun to speak, which coalesces around their common hatred of liberalism and their love of Donald Trump.”

Long Before Photoshop, the Soviets Mastered the Art of Erasing People from Photographs — and History Too – “Using tools that now seem impossibly primitive, Soviet proto-Photoshoppers made “once-famous personalities vanish” and crafted photographs representing Stalin “as the only true friend, comrade, and successor to Lenin, the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and founder of the USSR.””

Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors by Public Art Fund – “Public Art Fund & Ai Weiwei collaborate on a powerful new exhibition addressing human rights issues at 300 + outdoor sites in NYC”

How Hate Groups Forced Online Platforms to Reveal Their True Nature – “Their persecution narrative, which is the most useful narrative they have, and one that will help spread their cause beyond the fringes, was written for them years ago by the same companies that helped give them a voice.”

Pro Anti – “Antifa is indeed a set of self-defense tactics. The circumstance of self-defense does not require permission from those who permit the attack with a wink or through bluster. But anti-fascism is also a real movement to abolish the slavery that persists at the base of capital, including those concrete foundations on which statues to slave-ownership were built. ”


Humans can’t tell legitimate science from junk science – “When you’re confronted by some new information, how do you tell whether it’s valid or not?”


Wahlkampfmanöver: Innenminister verbietet – “Mitten im Wahlkampf verkündet das Bundesinnenministerium das Verbot der linken Plattform. Fraglich ist dabei nicht nur die rechtliche Grundlage und die Einstufung der Webseite als Verein. Auch wurde die Löschung einzelner strafrechtlich relevanter Artikel offenbar nicht versucht, sondern gleich die ganze Plattform verboten.”

‚Neue Menschen‘ oder Jubelmasse? Die Rechte, die Linke und die ‚kleinen Leute‘ – “Die Linke habe die „einfachen Menschen“ im Stich gelassen, behauptet die Rechte, und setzt sich als wahre Vertretung der „kleinen Leute“ in Szene. Ist es wirklich das historische Erbe der Linken, das sie anzutreten glaubt? Gedanken über den Antipopulismus der Arbeiterbewegung.”

Links wäscht rechts reiner – “Von einem linken Komitee muss man jedenfalls, auch um eine zweifelsohne wichtige Abstimmung medial zu pushen, mehr Kreativität und Haltung erwarten, als in der Strategie zu erkennen ist, einen werbewirksamen Feind ins Bett zu holen.”

Grenzen dicht in Afrika: wie die EU Flüchtlinge vom Mittelmeer fernhalten will – “In der politischen Diskussion über das Wahlrecht für Nichtdeutsche verweisen Gegner zumeist auf das Grundgesetz und ein Urteil des Bundesverfassungsgerichts.”

Defend Europe perd la guerre des images – “Les réseaux sociaux répondent avec humour au flux d’images de propagande et de messages de haine de Defend Europe. Merci pour la richesse des contributions, impossible d’identifier tous les auteurs…mais bravo, quel magnifique travail !”

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