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The Age of Distributed Truth

by Mathew on June 29, 2017

Smart post from Eugene Wei about how information gets distributed now, and things that were commonly known in specific circles (like a certain VC's reputation for sexual harassment) become more widely known. We live in the age of distributed truth, and it's an environment in which fake news can spread like mold when in viral…
Copy editors at the New York Times have written an open letter to executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn, protesting the downsizing of editing functions at the paper. The Times is planning to get rid of its central copy desk, and aims to reduce the number of editors by about 50%. "Dear…
This seems like an interesting -- and also ambitious -- project aimed at developing a kind of crowdsourced journalism infrastructure based on the crypto-currency Ethereum. Instead of a traditional advertising-based model, the group is proposing to monetize the project (known as Civil) using Ethereum "tokens" or virtual currency that could be exchanged in a variety…

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Facebook has reportedly been working on building support for paywalls and subscription models into its mobile-first Instant Articles platform. And as with so much of what the social network offers to publishers, it will be a giant double-edged sword. The company is hoping to roll out support for third-party subscriptions by the end of this…

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As a number of legal experts warned they might, Donald Trump's tweets about his "travel ban" helped convince an appeals court to block the controversial order. It's the second time his own comments have helped the courts knock down the proposed legislation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Monday, ruling that…