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Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report

Enlarge / A report commissioned by the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, based on data provided to the committee by social media platforms, provides a look at just how large and ambitious the Internet Research Agency's campaign to shape the US Presidential election was. (credit: Chesnot/Getty Images ) A report prepared for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) due to be released later this week concludes that the activities of Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) leading up to and following the 2016 US presidential election were crafted to specifically help the Republican Party and Donald Trump. The activities encouraged those most likely to support Trump to get out to vote while actively trying to spread confusion and discourage voting among those most likely to oppose him. The report, based on research by Oxford University's Computational Propaganda Project and Graphika Inc. , warns that social media platforms have become a "computational tool for social control, manipulated by canny political consultants, and available to politicians in democracies and dictatorships alike." In an executive summary to the Oxford-Graphika report, the authors—Philip N. Howard, Bharath Ganesh, and Dimitra Liotsiou of the University of Oxford, Graphika CEO John Kelly, and Graphika Research and Analysis Director Camille François—noted that, from 2013 to 2018, "the IRA's Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter campaigns reached tens of millions of users in the United States... Over 30 million users, between 2015 and 2017, shared the IRA's Facebook and Instagram posts with their friends and family, liking, reacting to, and commenting on them along the way." While the IRA's activity focusing on the US  began on Twitter in 2013, as Ars previously reported , the company had used Twitter since 2009 to shape domestic Russian opinion. "Our analysis confirms that the early focus of the IRA's Twitter activity was the Russian public, targeted with messages in Russian from fake Russian users," the report's authors stated. "These misinformation activities began in 2009 and continued until Twitter began closing IRA accounts in 2017." Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Premiere Rush CC is Adobe’s new all-in-one video editing tool for desktop and mobile

Earlier this year, Adobe previewed Project Rush , a new multi-platform video editing tool. Today, at its Mac conference, the company announced that Project Rush is now Premiere Rush CC and an official part of the Creative Cloud suite. The idea behind Rush is pretty straightforward. It’s meant to provide video creators with a modern all-in-one video editing solution that allows them to quickly edit a video and publish it on platforms like YouTube and other social networks. Indeed, it’s very much meant to be the video editing tool for the YouTube generation. Rush takes the core parts of Adobe’s suite of video and audio editing tools and combines them in a single mobile and desktop experience. That means you get a set of Motion Graphics templates, for example, that were specifically designed to give Rush users easy access to customizable titles. The color correction system is built on top of the same technology that powers the more fully featured and complicated Premiere Pro editing tool. And the audio-editing features, including one-click ducking, are powered by the same code as their counterparts in Audition. All of those edits easily sync between platforms, giving creators the ability to start editing on their phone, for example, and then finish their work on a laptop. The current version of Rush is pretty much what Adobe announced a few months ago, but the company also used today’s announcement to preview what’s next. Soon, you’ll also be able to edit on Android (Adobe promises a release in 2019) and get speed controls so you can speed up and slow down your videos (a feature that YouTube creators are bound to overuse), as well as the ability to more easily create different versions of your videos for multiple platforms.

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YouTube cracks down on ‘duplicative content’

Members of YouTube's Partner Program (YPP), those creators who monetize their content on the platform, must adhere to new rules regarding "duplicative content." According to a post on the company's Help Forum, YouTube Partners, both new and establish...

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Garmin Instinct Rugged Smartwatch Announced – Ubergizmo

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Beginner’s Guide to Ethereum mining – 99 Bitcoins (blog)

99 Bitcoins (blog) Beginner's Guide to Ethereum mining 99 Bitcoins (blog) If using more than one GPU, you'll want to get a powered pci-e riser for each additional GPU; For Power Supplies , you want to double check that your PSU has enough connections to support the number of GPU's you are running and enough overall wattage to ...

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4 ways to help girls around the world achieve their dreams – Mashable

Mashable 4 ways to help girls around the world achieve their dreams Mashable There are too many reasons why girls are held back from reaching their full potential, but some of the unique challenges they face include poor education funding, limited access to menstrual supplies, and difficulty obtaining and using mobile phones ... and more »

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