Interview of the Week: Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power 2020

Interview of the Week: Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power 2020

We asked Lori about Climate Power 2020’s work to stop the spread of climate misinformation on Facebook. ODP: Facebook promised it would fact check misinformation and even created an Oversight Board and fact-checking operation to make sure it was not spreading lies. But disinformation about climate change is still getting posted on Facebook. What happened? […]

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Fake News Festering on Facebook

Fake News Festering on Facebook

We wrote earlier this week that despite public pressure, and the threat of Congressional oversight, Facebook has continued to allow false information about climate change and other social issues to spread unchecked. (Newsletters Popular Information and HEATED co-reported on the specific exemptions that have enabled fake news to permeate on Facebook) All this comes as […]

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Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

In 2016, social media platforms were revealed to have helped propaganda spread unchecked. As a result, there have been many calls to more stringently regulate and break up social media companies like Twitter and Facebook. In recent weeks though, while Twitter has taken steps to fact-check more of its content (including the President’s), Facebook has […]

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Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

Data Is Not In the Cloud, It’s In the Ocean

With more than half the world now able to access the internet, according to the United Nations, there is a growing need undersea cables that literally keep the world connected, The New York Times explains.  Nearly 750,000 miles of cable is strung across the oceans all around the globe, and these cables have to withstand heavy currents, rock slides, earthquakes and interference from fishing trawlers for a lifespan of up to 25 years. 

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High tech corporations make clean energy play

High tech corporations make clean energy play

Last week, two major trends made news in energy.  The Wall Street Journal reported that Google and Amazon are hoping to expand the market for home energy efficiency products like smart energy devices and internet-connected devices like Amazon’s Alexa that are used to manage energy demand by incentivizing consumers to use less electricity during peak hours, and also collect information about individual energy use.

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