How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

How Bots Ruined Clicktivism

The second, first posted at 2 am Texas time Thursday morning, was initiated by a group sympathetic to Ted Cruz’s reelection campaign (it’s still unclear who) and it was pushed via a combination of an advocacy app and some of Twitter’s own ad tools.They were amplified by a lot of real people—as well as a fair number of sketchy accounts.Anyone who’s ever run a campaign—political, advocacy, or marketing—knows that getting attention is key to winning—and that getting attention is really hard.

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

How to Use Social Media Responsibly During Hurricane Florence

If you see a Twitter feed that you don’t know tweeting information or images, be careful before you push that along.'Matt Gertz, Media Matters for America"Make sure if you are going to repost something that the source is credible, number one, because a lot of hysteria happens," Steven Stalinksy of the Middle East Research Institute, who studies social media, told WIRED last year about how to behave online during breaking news.

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

In 2016 conservative news blogger Matt Drudge accused the federal government of hyping the threat as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. coast, purportedly to play up possible links between extreme weather and climate change.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

But experts know that not all residents will heed the warnings, and some say part of the reason is that storm forecasts and risks are inadequately communicated to the public.“There’s a big gap between the forecasts that are available within the weather community and in some cases the information that people receive and are able to use,” said Rebecca Morss, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.The ‘cone of uncertainty’ is confusingA prime example of that perception gap is the familiar “cone of uncertainty” seen in hurricane tracking maps, which can be easily misread.“The cone is misunderstood,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with the forecasting service Weather Underground.

How Hackers Slipped by British Airways' Defenses

How Hackers Slipped by British Airways' Defenses

But the company later clarified that the compromised data included payment card expiration dates and Card Verification Value codes—the extra three or four-digit numbers that authenticate a card—even though British Airways has said it does not store CVVs. British Airways further noted that the breach only impacted customers who completed transactions during a specific timeframe—22:58 BST on August 21 through 21:45 BST on September 5.These details served as clues, leading analysts at RiskIQ and elsewhere to suspect that the British Airways hackers likely used a "cross-site scripting" attack, in which bad actors identify a poorly secured web page component and inject their own code into it to alter a victim site's behavior.

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

23andMe Cuts Off the DNA App Ecosystem It Created

Notably, all apps must return results consistent with what 23andMe itself claims, limiting those apps’ utility.The company says qualified researchers will still have access to raw genetic data, provided that customers have consented to share their information through the API.

DoJ Charges North Korean Hacker for Sony, WannaCry, and More

DoJ Charges North Korean Hacker for Sony, WannaCry, and More

And while it highlights Sony, WannaCry, and the Bangladesh bank theft, it makes clear that the hacker’s activity extended far beyond those blockbuster incidents—and that it continues today.“The scope and damage of the computer intrusions perpetrated and caused by the subjects of this investigation, including Park, is virtually unparalleled,” reads the complaint.While the complaint singles out Park, prosecutors were also very clear that he did not act alone–an unsurprising fact given the magnitude of the operations.

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

Simply cut down on waste, become more efficient, convince its legions of suppliers to make more sustainable products and sell them at its “low, low prices.” Sustainability goes up, costs go down, everybody wins.

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer

The five scientists on board the snowline flight – Andrew Lorrey and Trevor Chinn, together with Dr Huw Horgan, Dr Brian Anderson and PhD student Lauren Vargo from Victoria University, will take thousands of photos from different angles that will then be used to build 3D models of glaciers that can be compared year on year to give an accurate depiction of the volume of ice that has changed.

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing?

How can Bangladesh increase its resilience to disasters through data sharing?

By using the GeoDASH platform - a geospatial data sharing platform - the Directorate of Primary Education of Bangladesh has assessed 35,000 schools with respect to the type of infrastructure, water and sanitation facilities, access to roads, and overall capacity during natural disasters.

Managing Fisheries in the Face of Climate Change

Managing Fisheries in the Face of Climate Change

For these reasons, our California Oceans Team at The Nature Conservancy recently convened a group of scientists and practitioners to develop solutions for managing fisheries in a changing climate.