AI - Social Media Resources

A number of my classes are building on a core set of related resources ... and it makes sense to consolidate these into a single page that I can maintain, rather than have pages falling out of date.  Some of these will relate to one topic area, and not a specific class, but the connections are painfully real.
Short URL:

What you can do -- some personal actions
  • Privacy Settings insight from Canadian Government, Privacy tsar
  • Consumer Reports:  Deleting un-needed accounts,
  • Google Hangout Data purging (may parallel removing much data from Google)
  • In Facebook settings you can control things like: TAG recommendations for photos that look like you, Ad presentation criteria, etc. (not data collection about you)

The Challenges
Privacy - we are being tracked and analyzed across the web and beyond
AI and Propaganda

Real News --- how can you tell? Who can you trust?
  • USA Facts is a site created by Steve Ballmer to help track relevant data from authoritative sources
  • Tips for analyzing news sources from TEDx (NH) speaker Randall Mikkelsen, Reuters notes and list of problematic “news sources”
  • Media Bias Chart (Venessa Otero) now at
    • Best seem to include AP, Reuters, NPR, ABC; BBC, CBS, NY Times, WSJ
  • Source identified in OLLI class on 2020 primaries:

Advertising Business Model - Sharing fear and outrage for profit

Entities & Proposals seeking to offset the impacts

The First Amendment Issues and Challenges
The Political Side of things