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Social media companies may be unprepared to support their growing role as providers of news. Russian online influence operations caught American law enforcement off guard in 2016, and with midterm elections approaching, experts are expecting a spike in foreign disinformation.  How can American voters identify fake information online?

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In Venezuela, social media can be a life line to the outside world.  It might also put you – or your family - in danger.  Government censorship of news media has been an ongoing issue, and many are now concerned that social media censorship is next. How the crisis in Venezuela is affecting social media.

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Facebook now discloses who is paying for ads, to fight against foreign powers trying to influence elections. But is it enough?

Transparency on Social Media, on the Next All Things Considered

In the immortal words of Howard Beale, the TV anchor played by Peter Finch, in the classic film Network,  “Things are bad, they’re worse than bad. I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore. Things have got to change.” If you are feeling that way you’re not alone. In facing adversity some choose to do nothing and sit on their hands, others rise to the moment and resist.

California Update for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

• California would require automated accounts, known as bots, to be identified on social media platforms under in a bill proposed last week.

Today's reporting by Chris Nichols.

Local Assistance Centers 

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa have opened two Local Assistance Centers (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). 

Please see the links below for a list of services available: 

Teaching Media Literacy

Mar 30, 2017

How prepared are today's young people to deal with the growing amount of misinformation on the Internet?  In today's North Bay Report we look at legislation to update public school curriculums to teach youngsters survival skills for the digital age. 

While some may be concerned that teaching students about fake news could bring politics into the classroom, the sponsor of SB 135, Senator Bill Dodd, doesn't think the legislature will agree.

Indivisible in Sonoma County

Feb 22, 2017

Activists and citizens in Sonoma County seeking to oppose the Trump administration are finding support and gleaning tactics from the Indivisible Guide, and the local chapters that are promulgating it.

A key to the growth of participation in local Indivisible groups—now estimated at more than 1500 people county-wide—is how it is structured to allow a gradual entry, observes  Rebecca Hachmeyer from the Petaluma group.

Project Censored in 2016

Nov 9, 2015

  “Media Freedom on the Line” is the subtitle for the annual volume of media analysis and under-covered news stories from Project Censored. Today's report looks at the latest work from the media watchdog group.

The Next Generation of Food

Jun 30, 2015

  

  A website offering positive reinforcement for close-to-home food choices is out to bolster the economic viability of local agriculture.

When Evan Wiig, Director of the Farmers Guild in the North Bay, talks about their new Follow the Rooster campaign, an example he likes to cite is the little Estero Café in Valley Ford.

 Although the Farmers Guild has labeled their new efforts the Next Generation of Food, it’s not really about demographics at all, observes Terry Garrett, co-manager of Go Local.

Bad Behavior and Social Media

Apr 21, 2014

 

Bad behavior, online or via social media, leaves a “digital legacy” which can come back to create problems years later. And the only way to avoid that is not to misbehave in the first place.

  Just as privacy and the ability to completely delete social media postings do not truly exist in the cyberworld, Richard Guerry says the idea that one can participate there in genuine anonymity is also an illusion.

Car Sharing Gains Traction

Jun 21, 2013

The typical American car is driven two hours a day or less, a big investment for relatively little use. Now, social media is helping to facilitate short-term “personal vehicle sharing,” to benefit the owners of those under-used cars—and drivers who don’t own cars.