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Astroturfing

Astroturfing

Researcher Uncovers ‘Critical Race Theory’ Astroturfing Campaign

Image: Emily Michot/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images Rick Berman, an infamous right-wing lobbyist whose organizations have been accused of several astroturfing campaigns—and who is known as "Dr. Evil"—revealed that his firm is behind an organization that claimed to be a grass-roots movement against New York City's prep schools…
bubmag
June 11, 2021
Astroturfing

How Climate Change Misinformation Spreads Online

The rapid rise of social media over the past two decades has brought with it a surge in misinformation. Online debates on topics such as vaccinations, presidential elections (pdf) and the coronavirus pandemic are often as vociferous as they are laced with misleading information. Perhaps more than any other topic, climate change has been subject…
bubmag
June 30, 2020
Astroturfing

How Chinese spies penetrated the Trump White House

Communist Chinese government operatives got into the Trump White House and also sat at a confidential Republican election strategy meeting, Wednesday's Wall Street Journal reports. Some of the conduct the Journal described could form the basis for federal felony indictments. Fronts for the People's Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party…
bubmag
June 29, 2020
Astroturfing

China’s bold plan to attack democracy from within

Political leaders in China’s capital Beijing are bold and getting bolder. Lately, the country has been involved in military border stoushes with India, flooding social media with misinformation, and leveraging “political assets” to advance its agendas abroad.The increasing pressure has many believing that something has to give.It hasn’t exactly been…
bubmag
June 29, 2020
Astroturfing

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the future of Snapchat

On Thursday Snap held its second-ever partner summit as a virtual event, announcing a new suite of products and developer tools for Snapchat. The inaugural event was one of the more memorable tech productions I’ve been to — a high-energy keynote from CEO Evan Spiegel in front of giant vertical…
bubmag
June 12, 2020
Astroturfing

OpenAI Will Sell Its Hyper-Sophisticated AI Text Generator to Companies

GPT-3 will be adapted into the research group's first commercial product with clients like Reddit and QuizletOpenAI's GPT-3 cost $12 million to train.Illustration: Trent Joaquin; Source: Pixabay Research group OpenAI announced today that it will sell access to its cutting-edge language generation tools to clients with the organization’s first commercial…
bubmag
June 11, 2020