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A US official filing an inaccurate financial statement to the @OfficeGovEthics is a crime, last I checked. No consequences for public servants breaking our laws undermines our democracy, @senatemajldr @SpeakerPelosi: https://e-pluribusunum.org/2019/07/22/tolerating-violations-of-the-hatch-act-undermines-the-rule-of-law-in-the-usa/ https://twitter.com/crampell/status/1164138103910608904
In which the Secretary of State decries the arrest of a journalist reporting on religious freedom to the world. @SecPompeo, what‘s the @StateDept policy on press freedom? https://2009-2017.state.gov/j/drl/press/index.htm What of @JKhashoggi’s murder? Are journalists the enemy of the people, as Trump says? https://twitter.com/secpompeo/status/1164159188492312576
“The organisation’s management hierarchy was replaced by ‘holacracy’…After a rapid succession of short-term directors & staff culls, Moreira was appointed managing director of TI in October 2017. She decided to abandon the holacracy system & reintroduce managers.” https://twitter.com/integrilicious/status/1164175559347380224
1) The US government is proposing a rule that would allow agencies to hold families “indefinitely?” 2) Indefinite detention of families without charge or trial would violate human rights laws & basic decency. Cf. @ACLU https://www.aclu.org/other/indefinite-detention @SpeakerPelosi, what’s the plan? https://twitter.com/ramcnn/status/1164171507112841217
RT @oneunderscore__: @BrandyZadrozny New from me + @brandyzadrozny: The Epoch Times is the largest pro-Trump spender on Facebook. It's ru…
My proposal to the politically correct Automobile Companies would lower the average price of a car to consumers by more than $3000, while at the same time making the cars substantially safer. Engines would run smoother. Very little impact on the environment! Foolish executives!
 
The US government has found emissions from humans is driving #climatechange: https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/ Environmental responsibility from states & car companies isn’t politically correct. Their leadership fills the void created by you abandoning science & abdicating responsibility.
In which one of our nation’s top government secrecy experts observed that the long arc of open government is not bending towards declassification during the Trump administration, regardless of “Twitter transparency.” (Presidential lies != proactive disclosure.) https://twitter.com/saftergood/status/1164152557800787971
RT @firstdraftnews: Misinformation has created a new world disorder. Our willingness to share content without thinking is exploited to spre…
August 2019: http://Democracy.com is for sale. HT @Civicist, my favorite source for #civictech news, analysis & insight: https://civichall.org/civicist/jury-rigged/
I rarely tweet about religion, but I remain a member of the Germantown Monthly Meeting, & thus the Society of Friends. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quakers I see the light of God in everyone. I’m both humbled & proud to be associated with this creed. Our union is better because of Quakers. https://twitter.com/zunguzungu/status/1163480162874249218
RT @nhannahjones: Writing this love song to my people ended up being the most patriotic thing I have ever produced. Only if you don't consi…
RT @WillOremus: Both Twitter and Facebook now say they've found evidence of a major, coordinated disinformation campaign originating in Chi…
RT @CindyOtis_: This afternoon, Twitter and Facebook announced they identified and took down a significant disinformation campaign backed b…
RT @WillOremus: I wrote about China's social media campaign to turn Hongkongers against each other, and why it should worry us all. https:/…
RT @ellgood: 2/3 This is the heart of it - a lender/landlord wins a disparate impact FHA claim if D's algorithm doesn't use proxies for pro…
RT @ellgood: 1/3 First proposed federal rule on #algorithms and disparate impact. http://bit.ly/2HfuU3L. 60 days for comment. Oversimplif…
RT @digiphile: @Twitter @jack @Policy That was fast! @Twitter will no longer accept advertising from "state-controlled news media entities…
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RT @BethanyAllenEbr: This is huge news. This is the first time that US social media companies are openly accusing the Chinese government of…
Important dispatch from Maine, which is at the leading edge of a key problem: a growing number of seniors paired with an acute shortage of workers to care for their needs https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/this-will-be-catastrophic-maine-families-face-elder-boom-worker-shortage -in-preview-of-nations-future/2019/08/14/7cecafc6-bec1-11e9-b873-63ace636af08_story.html Key problem for families; the USA doesn't provide a universal long-term-care benefit
Google doesn’t operate any voting machines or data, but in an unsubstantiated, outrageous lie, President Trump just claimed @Google manipulated *votes* in the 2016 election. That’s a huge jump from an old, debunked claim about influencing votes via search: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/03/14/could-google-rankings-skew-an-election-new-group-aims-to-find-out/
 
Each day, there's a new bottom. A @POTUS disinforming the public by broadcasting unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about vote manipulation without evidence is beyond abnormal. The @FEC has noticed: https://twitter.com/EllenLWeintraub/status/1162474973115666434 but it's Congress that should be holding him accountable
 
Response from @Google: "this inaccurate claim has bee debunked since it was made in 2016"; Google says it has "never re-ranked or altered search results to influence political sentiment." More context on how search works: https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/8/7/20756726/trump-google-biased-conservatives-how-search-works-explained
RT @digiphile: “#Civictech is now in its teenage years. The social justice & #opengov idealism of its infancy is alive & well in the work o…
Is taking money from a foreign government to promote propaganda about people peaceably assembling in support of democracy a good deal for @Twitter, @jack? Or might @policy consider whether earning ad $ from such a source pushing such a message violates a principle? https://twitter.com/techcrunch/status/1163424662719750144
 
That was fast! @Twitter will no longer accept advertising from "state-controlled news media entities!" This @policy "won't apply to taxpayer-funded entities, including independent public broadcasters." So: @PBS OK, @usagmgov not? https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2019/advertising_policies_on_state_media.html What of you, @facebook?
 
@facebook I haven't seen how much ad revenue @Twitter actually received from governments, so it's unclear to me how much $ they sacrificed to stop promoting state propaganda. I suspect not much. Would be meaningful to see @facebookDC @Googlepubpolicy match this shift, or explain why not.
RT @Sifill_LDF: Be clear: many of the most respected legal & political figures in our country know very little about the history of race in…
RT @jgeltzer: “At least $235 million in revenue is generated annually from ads running on extremist & disinformation websites.” There’s a…
RT @ianbassin: Democracy has been receding around the world for more than a decade. The people of Hong Kong are leading it back. The world…
Currently 94 degrees Fahrenheit in the District, but it feels like 103F. We’re currently grilling in a back patio sauna & having a difficult time remembering why we came back from the coast of Maine or the mountains of NH. DC: Please stay cool & hydrated! https://hsema.dc.gov/page/heat-emergency-information
RT @EllenLWeintraub: SAD: Last night, @realDonaldTrump again made unfounded claims about massive voter fraud in NH in 2016. In this lette…
RT @neal_katyal: Oh my. This is the Chair of the Federal Election Commission. Trump keeps repeating these corrosive claims and has provid…
“#Civictech is now in its teenage years. The social justice & #opengov idealism of its infancy is alive & well in the work of the volunteers in @codeforamerica brigades like @OpenSTL & their city hall collaborators” https://onezero.medium.com/a-local-code-for-america-brigade-works-to-reprogram-st-louis-b1239a2733b1 What‘s next is up to you. #EPluribusUnum
Trump’s attacks may be best understood through the lens of projection, as his narcissism leads him to defend his fragile ego against negative criticism by denying the existence of faults in himself while attributing them to others. Cf. his campaign is a racist propaganda machine. https://twitter.com/digiphile/status/1163075934309797888
And I hope that @JoeBiden @BernieSanders @ewarren & other politicians vying for the Democratic nomination understand how important it is to defend the role of the press in democracies. https://sunlightfoundation.com/2017/05/25/american-political-leaders-need-to-defend-the-freedom-of-the-press/ Nuanced critique welcome, but not attack or indictment of “the media.”
I hope @PostBaron or @deanbaquet or @murraymatt or @nicole_carroll understand what Trump is doing, & has done. What it means to have an racist, xenophobic autocrat as president. Their papers’ role is not just reporting on his words, acts & impact, but warning the public of risks.
Side note: at some point in 2019, the @StateDept removed its #pressfreedom policy from the @StateDRL website: http://web.archive.org/web/20190221044304/https://www.state.gov/j/drl/press/ I haven’t seen this previously reported. Maybe someone can ask @StateDeptspox what official US policy on the role of journalists is in August 2019 https://twitter.com/digiphile/status/1163081451673399297
Trump was warned about the global impact of a @potus calling journalists the “enemy of the people” making “fake news.” But he’s doubled down. Today, he called journalism “evil,” contradicting US govt policy on the role of the press in democratic societies: https://sunlightfoundation.com/2017/03/08/the-white-house-should-protect-and-defend-the-essential-role-of-journalism-in-democracy/
 
“Fake news” is journalism he doesn’t like. “Enemies” are journalists who expose his lies & corruption. Both are intentional: “I want to demean you and discredit you so that when you do negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”-@realDonaldTrump No @POTUS should do this
When a debate at a town hall with the journalists of a newspaper of record focuses on the question of *how* to report on Trump’s well-documented racism: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/15/opinion/leonhardt-trump-racist.html instead of *if* he is a racist, the jig is up. He knows it. So he attacks the @nytimes’ credibility.
Hard to start a Sunday morning with a new low in authoritarian rhetoric from a American President instead of a message of peace, grace, kindness, charity, or love. Sadly, this what is what unhinged, unchecked, pathological narcissism & anti-social personality disorder looks like.
In a statement that could have been issued by Stalin or Mussolini, the President of the United States called journalism “an evil propaganda machine” with “false, biased & evil” reporting. The catalyst? A leaked @nytimes town hall that debated his racism: http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
1)“Accessibility doesn’t equal transparency, a trait that requires honesty”-@ErikWemple 2) short Q&A sessions allow Trump to choose questions & ignore others. Bogus metric. 3) Use more yardsticks: https://twitter.com/digiphile/status/1159907241279000576 4) @Whca should’ve contextualized with unpresidented lying https://twitter.com/whca/status/1161744064301211650
When people show you who they are, believe them.
Good morning! I haven’t seen this notification from @Twitter before. I wonder how they decide to just show a follow, prompt to send a direct message, or prompt to “greet with a tweet.” (All @verified accounts.) The correlation with a follow back is strong, but why a difference?
RT @froomkin: Yes do this: @brendanNyhan finds that unlike individual fact checks, summaries that paint a comprehensive picture of a politi…
RT @digiphile: "Taken as a whole, @realDonaldTrump’s use of political power to pursue personal vendettas is unprecedented in modern history…
"Taken as a whole, @realDonaldTrump’s use of political power to pursue personal vendettas is unprecedented in modern history" https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/governing-by-grievance-trump-wields-official-powers-against-political-enemies/2019/08/15/797c7576-bf78-11e9-b873-63ace636af08_story.html The @WashingtonPost reports the @POTUS is abusing his powers. Does public corruption remain an impeachable offense, @senatemajldr?
RT @timdavies: Just finished reading All Data Are Local by @yloukissas. A fantastic and grounded look at the complex reality of collections…
Doxxing: searching for & making public formerly private personally identifiable info with malicious intent. Not doxxing: sharing public campaign that was *already lawfully disclosed* on a government website: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/us/politics/trump-donors-joaquin-castro.html People who harass others are accountable for it. https://twitter.com/gopchairwoman/status/1160194245204094976
There’s been sea change in perspective, in & outside of government, that’s happened quickly & mostly under the radar: People around the USA & all the world have taken up the idea of trying to help government work better & remade #civictech in their own molds. https://twitter.com/skollfoundation/status/1159922336755322880
 
 
 
 
 
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