Students Take Exercises to Distinguish Real News from Fake News

The News Literacy Project helps students distinguish real news from fake news. Students in classrooms are doing exercises to determine real news from fake news, mostly from viral content spread on social media. Here’s the story from NPR.

Some politicians are attempting to delegitimize real news they don’t like that holds them accountable by labeling it “fake news.” A newspaper in Colorado is fighting back, and considers suing a politician for defaming its reputation. Click.

Power of Mainstream Media Declines

As the American media loses economic power, with diminished resources — traditional print and broadcast media are in a far more precarious position than they were in 1970 — their cultural and legal protections have weakened as well. The public’s confidence and good will has almost evaporated. Less than a third of Americans express trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.” Politicians can bypass the mainstream media and communicate directly with the public through social media, Facebook and Twitter.

Two media lawyers explained in a NYT op-ed: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/opinion/dont-expect-the-first-amendment-to-protect-the-media.html?_r=0

Khalid Al Ameri: Proactive Workers Will Soon Overtake Reactive Rivals

In The National, Emirati columnist Khalid Al Ameri observes that “the direction in which the UAE is heading will only have room for one type of worker to flourish: the proactive. That’s not to say the reactive ­generation will be poor and homeless, but they will be in for a harsh reality check.” Read and reflect on this column.

Are Our Mobile Phone Communications Private? Is Trump’s Phone Secure?

Is Trump Tweeting From a ‘Secure’ Smartphone? The White House Won’t Say. National Public Radio. Trump’s unsecure Android phone highlights common security dilemma
In-DepthComputerworldJan 27, 2017. 

Donald Trump still using personal Android phone despite potential hacking…

Telegraph.co.ukJan 26, 2017

Use mobile phones as securely as possible – Security in a Box

US Considers Scanning Phones and Social Media Accounts Before Visitors Are Allowed to Enter US (Forbes.com).