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How YouTube’s A.I. boosts alternative facts

We all heard about conspiracy theories, alternative facts and fake news circulating on the internet. How do they become so popular? What’s the impact of the state-of-the-art algorithms on their success?

Having worked on YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, I started investigating, and came to the conclusion that the powerful algorithm I helped build plays an active role in the propagation of false information.

Fascinating read.

 

Cloudflare launches 1.1.1.1 DNS service that will speed up your internet | The Verge

Cloudflare has worked with APNIC to offer its DNS service through 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. Lots of people have used 1.1.1.1 as a dummy address, and APNIC have tried in the past to analyze the flood of traffic to the IP address and been overwhelmed. “We talked to the APNIC team about how we wanted to create a privacy-first, extremely fast DNS system,” explains Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince. “We offered Cloudflare’s network to receive and study the garbage traffic in exchange for being able to offer a DNS resolver on the memorable IPs. And, with that, 1.1.1.1 was born.”

 
 
 
 
 

It's a Canadian thing: Why big phone companies still dominate internet services amid cheaper options

I’ve been with Teksavvy for years, never had any complaints and I’m happier knowing I’m not paying Rogers or Bell for anything. 

 
 

Still no iMessages in iCloud?

 
 
 

Canadians continue to be fooled by website that mimics government agency - Toronto - CBC News

Google really has had a problem with search lately. Whether it’s sites like this showing up at the top of search results, or conspiracy videos showing up in the auto play YouTube queue, their algorithm needs some attention. 

 
 
 
 
 

Scripting News: Saturday, March 24, 2018

Is it possible to let the users tell you what kind of marketing they want, instead of spying on them, and gathering all kinds of potentially damaging information, in an effort to guess what they want? Yes, it is. I know it is because Zillow does it. I have a bunch of queries about real estate in various markets I'm interested in. They send a bulletin every morning of property for sale in each market. The same idea could apply to almost everything I shop for. Instead of guessing, let me tell you what I want. In return you don't spy on me.