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Propaganda Is the New Frontier for Fake Social Media Accounts

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Fake social media accounts are spreading pro-Chinese propaganda on Twitter, disseminating upbeat news stories about the troubled regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, according to an investigation by advocacy group Free Tibet. It's unclear if this effort is led by the Chinese government, whose online-propaganda efforts normally involve real people paid to post favorable comments to shape public opinion. But if China is indeed behind the propaganda, it wouldn't be the first country to try something like this. See also: U.S. Intelligence Officials Want ISIL Fighters to Keep Tweeting Russia has reportedly used fake Facebook accounts to attack Ukrainian protesters, accusing them of horrendous crimes, according to Forbes. The pro-Russian commenters — some real, some fake — even spread bogus photos, the magazine reported. Read more...More about China, Propaganda, Twitter, Us World, and Us

IBM's Watson Will Help Veterans Prepare for Post-Military Life

Karissa Bell
From Jeopardy contestant and customer-service agent to master chef, IBM's Watson supercomputer has taken on a number of roles in the past few years. Now, IBM is partnering with United Services Automobile Association to put the world's most famous supercomputer to a new use: helping members of the military prepare for civilian life. See also: When a Computer Is Your Personal Chef, What Could Go Wrong? USAA, which provides financial services to military personnel and their families, is rolling out "Ask Watson," an online tool that will help members get answers to questions about how they can prepare for life outside the military. Read more...More about Us, Tech, Ibm, Supercomputer, and Dev And Design

Mesmerizing Clip Imagines Los Angeles Without Traffic

Laura Vitto
Los Angeles roadways are some of the country's most congested, but this mesmerizing clip imagines how the city might look without traffic Filmmaker Russell Houghten turned Los Angeles into a ghost town for his eerie and beautiful video, "Urban Isolation." See also: 10 U.S. Freeways With the Worst Traffic Urban Isolation from Russell Houghten on Vimeo. The clip features wide shots of skateboarders rolling down barren freeways and empty cross streets. Houghten's work is reminiscent of work from photographer Matt Logue and a 2011 video from videographer Ross Ching. Image: Vimeo, Russell Houghten Read more...More about Video, Art, Los Angeles, Vimeo, and Us