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Re: Stopping "Bots" and "Fake News"

From: Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:31:57 -0700
To: public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <19b6dbd1-74c6-d9ed-baef-2c7aadd8880d@futurelabconsulting.com>
Hi Adam, et alia,

This would be a brilliant addition to our work - we need to focus on use 
cases that people really want and are news worthy, to encourage adoption 
of these technologies. I'd love to work on this because it would help to 
make the world a better place.

And let's talk sometime to become better acquainted. I looked at your 
website and you're doing stuff that's very compelling to me.


On 8/11/17 11:33 AM, Adam Sobieski wrote:
> Credentials Community Group,
> I would like to broach the role that credentials technologies may play 
> in curtailing “fake accounts”, “bots”, “spam”, “hoaxes” and “fake 
> news”.  I hope to indicate to you the importance of credentials 
> systems and of securing such systems.
> Consider uses of credentials when creating new accounts or updating 
> existing accounts, e.g. social media. Envision a popup or alert, “this 
> website wants to know your real name.” With social media, users are 
> expected to presume to authenticity of their fellow users and it makes 
> sense for users to choose to allow the services to access their real 
> names, and possibly dates of birth.
> “People come to Facebook to make meaningful connections. From the 
> beginning, we’ve believed that can only be possible if the 
> interactions here are authentic – and if people use the names they're 
> known by. We’ve found that when people represent themselves on 
> Facebook the same way they do in real life, they act responsibly. Fake 
> accounts don’t follow this pattern, and are closely related to the 
> creation and spread of spam. That’s why we’re so focused on keeping 
> these inauthentic accounts and their activity off our platform” 
> (https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-security/improvements-in-protecting-the-integrity-of-activity-on-facebook/10154323366590766/). 
> Furthermore, social “bots” play a major role in spreading “fake news” 
> (https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608561/first-evidence-that-social-bots-play-a-major-role-in-spreading-fake-news/).
> Credentials and verifiable claims systems are of use in quickly 
> separating real users from “fake accounts” and “bots”.  Credentials 
> should be as easy and intuitive for users to initialize and to 
> configure as installing operating systems or configuring digital wallets.
> If we get credentials systems right, and secure, we can stop “fake 
> accounts” and “bots” and we can curtail “spam”, “hoaxes” and “fake 
> news” – we can defend digital democracy.
> Best regards,
> Adam Sobieski
> http://www.phoster.com/about/
> https://www.w3.org/community/argumentation/
> https://www.w3.org/community/collaboration/
> P.S.:
> http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/2017/07/17/troops-trolls-and-trouble-makers-a-global-inventory-of-organized-social-media-manipulation/ 
> (http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/89/2017/07/Troops-Trolls-and-Troublemakers.pdf)
> http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/2017/07/18/spreading-fake-news-becomes-standard-practice-for-governments-across-the-world/
> http://comprop.oii.ox.ac.uk/2017/07/18/government-cyber-troops-manipulate-facebook-twitter-study-says/
> https://www.belfercenter.org/project/defending-digital-democracy


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