The BBC sets up a taskforce to fight back against fake news

The uphill battle against fake news (and correctly using the term “fake news” in the first place) continues. The latest effort to debunk made-up information is British broadcaster BBC. On Thursday, The Guardian reported the BBC was forming a debunking team to tackle false stories that often start on Facebook and other social media outlets. […] Read more »

Amazon Cloud, Analytics Help Researchers Fight Famine

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When Smart Cities Fight Mother Nature

Anyone who has ever spent the night huddled on a rooftop surrounded by rising flood waters knows it’s terrifying. Alejandro Zelada, a survivor of massive floods in Buenos Aires in 2013, describes the experience. “It was like a wave, a tsunami, and all the furniture started to float”, said Zelada. “We only lost our belongings, […] Read more »

Following Google’s lead, telecoms and users can join in the fight against robocalls

For the first time, Google joined the legal fight last week against robocalls. It filed suit against a search engine optimization firm in California for robocalls that promised better results from its search engine. It also set up a new Web page for reporting robocall scams. But even mighty Google can only do but so […] Read more »