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Pizzagate: Anatomy of a fake news scandal

Conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners & Twitter bots manufactured “news” that Hillary Clinton ran a pizzeria child-sex ring. ... Read more»

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Quick take

McCain: Russian interference in U.S. election an 'attack on our democracy'

Sen. John McCain: "We have to stop looking at this through the distorted lens of politics and see Russia's attack on our democracy for what it is: just one phase of Vladimir Putin's campaign to weaken the United States, to destabilize Europe, to break the NATO alliance, to undermine confidence in Western values, and to erode any and all resistance to his dark and dangerous view of the world."... Read more»

Guest opinion

Trump owes success to media nit-Twits

Few candidates understand Twitter. Fewer know how to use it. Donald Trump does, though, and - frankly - owes a good portion of his campaign’s success to a bunch of lazy journalist nit-Twits. Real journalism takes time, effort, sometimes a bit of shoe leather, and a lot of thought. It can be expensive, both financially and emotionally. And sometimes all that work, sweat and all-too-frequent blood and tears gets completely ignored by the public. ... Read more»1

No warrant, no problem: How the gov't can get your digital data

The government isn't allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day.... Read more»

Az lawmakers learn power of social media — firsthand

Social media can be a powerful tool for politicians. Or it can be “just another place to put your foot in your mouth,” as two Arizona lawmakers indirectly learned this week. ... Read more»


@pontifex: Papal propaganda

The Pope, as you may have heard, is tweeting.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: How has social media reshaped the campaign trail?

Interviews with political pollster Margaret Kenski, plus the the Reporters' Roundtable with Dan Shearer of the Green Valley News and Mark B. Evans of TucsonCitizen.com, along with the Weekend Watch.... Read more»

How Mitt Romney followed me around the Internet

Last month, I was searching for a peppy song on Grooveshark, and up popped two ads for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. It turns out the campaign wasn't advertising to Grooveshark listeners or a capella fans. They were targeting me. ... Read more»

Politicians turn a microscope into a megaphone

The website Politwoops launched this week as a way to catch politicians with their pants down, by cataloging and posting deleted Twitter tweets of congressmen, the president and presidential hopefuls.... Read more»

Mexico’s youth protests cramp suave candidate’s style

Enrique Peña Nieto seemed all but unstoppable in the race to become Mexico's president. But the politician representing the big old Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) may have finally hit a snag: youth.... Read more»

What does CISPA mean for Internet users?

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act has privacy activists, tech companies, security wonks and the Obama administration all jousting about what it means. ... Read more»

Az university text-alert systems evolve since Va. Tech

Emergency alert systems put into place after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings have evolved into multi-platform tools to share critical information during emergencies.... Read more»

Smart v. Stupid

Rick rolls, powerful tweets, and a stay-at-home martyr

Rick Santorum reaches a climax, George Zimmerman sleeps behind bars, and we hear Ann Romney is some sort of saint. It's been a big week in politics. Here's the roundup.... Read more»

Social media helping Az's small buisnesses

In a slumping economy, Arizona small businesses have a modern trick up their sleeves: social media.... Read more»1

Is the FBI monitoring your Twitter, Facebook?

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material "scraped" from social networks.... Read more»2

False Paterno death report relied on faulty sourcing

The Onward State tweet that erroneously reported Joe Paterno's death Saturday night and led to an avalanche of false reports in other outlets was based on the work of two student reporters: One was snookered by a false email, and one overstated his knowledge of the events.... Read more»

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