FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

FAO - News Article: World Soil Day highlights the role of soil biodiversity in boosting food production and nutrition

4 December 2020, Rome - Soil organisms play a crucial role in boosting food production, enhancing nutritious diets, preserving human health, remediating polluted sites and combating climate change, but their contribution remains largely underestimated, FAO said today in its first ever report on "The State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity ".

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.

Why Wikipedia Decided to Stop Calling Fox a ‘Reliable’ Source

Why Wikipedia Decided to Stop Calling Fox a ‘Reliable’ Source

There simply were too many examples of misleading, inaccurate, and slanted reporting about science and politics for Wikipedia to pass on Fox News articles as part of a broader search for the truth.Search Google News or YouTube or Facebook and you will find plenty of Fox News reporting on politics and science, and why not?

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

The US Is Disastrously Behind in Coronavirus Testing. Again

According to a new nationwide survey, conducted by a consortium of researchers at Rutgers, Northeastern, Northwestern, and Harvard universities, most people are not getting results within the 24- to 48-hour window recommended by public health experts to aid effective contact tracing.

The ADL Calls Out Steam for Giving Extremists a Pass

The ADL Calls Out Steam for Giving Extremists a Pass

“It’s an effective platform for extremists, because there’s a very public acknowledgement of a lack of content moderation,” says Daniel Kelley, the assistant director of the ADL’s center for technology and society.

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?

Even when a New York Times health reporter followed up on Trump’s claim about tests, it was framed as a conflict between the president and his advisers, rather than between truth and falsehood.

HBO Probably Won’t Make a Second Season of Watchmen

HBO Probably Won’t Make a Second Season of Watchmen

The service will have several tiers: Peacock Free, which will offer 7,500 hours of ad-supported movies and TV, and Peacock Premium, which will have 15,000 hours of programming, including originals.

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

Larry, Sergey, and the Mixed Legacy of Google-Turned-Alphabet

On August 10, 2015, Google CEO Larry Page shocked the business world by announcing he was restructuring the company he cofounded into a holding company called Alphabet.

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

FAO - News Article: Planet satellites bolster FAO’s geospatial toolkit

"The adoption and use of SEPAL for forest monitoring has exceeded all expectations and its impact on country reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is already a significant improvement compared to previous years," said Tiina Vahanen, Chief, Forestry Policy and Resources Division in FAO's Forestry Department.

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections

As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner has long been a vocal proponent of new legislation to strengthen election protections, such as the Honest Ad Act, which would compel Silicon Valley firms to disclose when political ads are paid for by a foreign nation.

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

Companies Expect Climate Change to Cost Them $1 Trillion in 5 Years

By making their predictions and analyses public, companies can also learn from each other about how to become more resilient in the face of climate threats.“Climate change is right now a very much under-priced risk in financial disclosures,” says Sarda, who believes both companies and investors need to prioritize climate-related accounting more.

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

The Saga of Trump's Tax Returns Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

What Happened: As US attorney general Bill Barr faces censure from Congress for his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report , the Department of Justice's defensive position got a little extreme.

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

While You Were Offline: Was the Mueller Report Worth the Wait?

What Happened: As if Bill Barr hadn't demonstrated that he was hardly the most independent attorney general with his four-page summary of the findings of the Mueller report last month, his press conference ahead of the release called his allegiances into question even more.

Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

Security News This Week: The US Tracked Journalists Reporting on the Migrant Caravan

After the Migrant Caravan, the US Gov Tracked Journalists and Activists According to documents obtained by the local NBC 7 news station in San Diego, the US government has reportedly created a secret database to track journalists, activists, and at least one lawyer.

FAO - News Article: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day

FAO - News Article: The biodiversity that is crucial for our food and agriculture is disappearing by the day

The foundation of our food systems is under severe threat The report points to decreasing plant diversity in farmers’ fields, rising numbers of livestock breeds at risk of extinction and increases in the proportion of overfished fish stocks.

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

The case hinges on Illinois’ strict biometric security law, which passed in 2008, giving the state the strictest rules in the country for how companies can collect permanent personal data like fingerprints.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

At the time, the company was asked: “Does Facebook believe that any of the content created by the Russian Internet Research Agency was designed to discourage anyone from voting?” Facebook responded: “We believe this is an assessment that can be made only by investigators with access to classified intelligence and information from all relevant companies and industries.”A Facebook spokesperson added on Monday morning: “We continue to fully cooperate with officials investigating the IRA’s activity on Facebook and Instagram around the 2016 election.

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

We eventually found scores of American-veteran-focused Facebook pages producing politically polarizing content from outside the United States.Vietnam Veterans of America produced a report on our earliest findings for 11 committees in Congress and a host of alphabet agencies.

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

China Is Both the Best and Worst Hope for Clean Energy

That’s going to require every nation to make changes, as well as individual cities, states and businesses.“It will require things that are more aggressive, like shutting down existing power plants and by 2030, we probably need to reduce global coal power production by 70 or 80 percent,” says Nathan Hultman, director of the Center for Global Sustainability at the University of Maryland.Hultman, who worked on climate issues in the Obama White House, says the solutions may be politically impossible for now.

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

A Quiet War Rages Over Who Can Make Money Online

Members of the incel community—including the official Twitter account for incels.is, a central hub for adherents—have joined with other men’s rights activists, using the content policies of online payment companies such as PayPal as weapons to block female pornographic actors and sex workers from making or spending money online.The campaign is called the “ThotAudit,” in reference to the derogatory term “thot,” which stands for “that ho over there.” It began over the Thanksgiving holiday as a grassroots effort to intimidate sex workers and women who sell access to private pornographic social media accounts by reporting them to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion—without evidence of wrongdoing.