Bits'n'Pieces 17.6.2016: Jo Cox R.I.P., Pro-ISIS Groups Adapt Like Online Organisms, Inside the Green Room

The Guardian view on Jo Cox: an attack on humanity, idealism and democracy
Mord an britischer Labour-Politikerin – Ist der Täter ein Neonazi?: „Nach dem Mord an Jo Cox haben Politiker in Großbritannien ihre Brexit-Veranstaltungen abgesagt. Der Täter soll Kontakte zu Neonazis gepflegt haben.“
Report: Alleged killer of British MP was a longtime supporter of the neo-Nazi National Alliance: „Thomas Mair, alleged killer of British MP Jo Cox, was a longtime supporter of the neo-Nazi National Alliance.“

Bold move: MSF weist EU-Förderung zurück – Ärzte setzen Grenzen: „Täglich mit den Folgen konfrontiert: Aus Protest gegen den EU-Türkei-Deal verzichtet 'Ärzte ohne Grenzen' auf Geld aus Deutschland und der EU.“

Möglicher Informant der "PanamaPapers": IT-Experte in Genf festgenommen

I don't trust these numbers, but he'll never make it anyway: Umfragedesaster: Trump stürzt ab: „In vier Wochen soll Donald Trump zum Kandidaten der US-Republikaner gekrönt werden. Doch seine Umfragewerte sinken dramatisch. In seiner Partei herrscht Panik. Vier Alarmsignale.“


Morde von Orlando und Paris: Regie führen die Mörder

Der Terror der digitalen Gegenwart beschränkt sich nicht mehr darauf, Ereignisse zu inszenieren, die traditionelle Medien zur Berichterstattung zwingen und soziale in Aufruhr versetzen - er schafft sich seine eigene mediale Realität. Wer will, muss die Filterblase des Wahnsinns gar nicht mehr verlassen, in deren Inneren man gemeinsam mit Gleichgesinnten auf den Endkampf, die Apokalypse warten kann, wie es zur IS-Ideologie gehört.

Die Einzeltäter von Orlando und Paris sind zweifellos über das Internet mit der Ideologie des IS in Verbindung gekommen. Ob sie je tatsächlich mit aktiven IS-Kämpfern in Berührung kamen, ist dabei zweitrangig. Ihre Mordtaten wiederum wurden zwangsläufig und sofort medialisiert, wie die Medienforschung das nennt - im Fall des Polizistenmörders von Paris sogar durch ihn selbst, in Form eines Facebook-Video-Livestreams.

Roots of DasGeileNeueInternet: Lonelygirl15: how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet: „Bree was a funny, friendly 16-year-old video blogger with a strange family. But all was not what it seemed. Ten years on, we revisit YouTube’s first viral sensation“.

How Pro-ISIS Groups Adapt Like Online Organisms – A new model calls for monitoring social media terror sympathizers as evolving groups, not individuals

As described in the June 17 Science, Johnson and his team have come up with a tool for analyzing the “online ecology of adversarial aggregates,” looking at things such as how the groups grow and shrink over time and how individual followers navigate among them. The tool, Johnson explains, is a precise mathematical model that correctly reproduces patterns observed in online pro-ISIS activity and can be used to assess future risks and possible interventions, as well as exploring “what if” scenarios.
An aggregate can behave like an ever-changing digital organism with a life of its own, complete with a kind of survival instinct. As the paper puts it, “…the data reveal that pro-ISIS aggregates exhibit the ability to collectively adapt in a way that can extend their lifetime and increase their maximal size.” Their online survival strategies include name changes, flipping from visibility (open access) to invisibility (current followers only), and reincarnation, in which the aggregate disappears completely from social media then “reemerges at a later time with another identity but with most (greater than 60 percent) of the same followers.”


Die Generation Y wendet sich von den Nachrichten ab: „Junge Menschen zwischen 18 und 24 Jahren informieren sich weniger als noch im vergangenen Jahr. Das betrifft sowohl die Nutzung des Fernsehens (gesunken von 72 auf 54 Prozent), des Radios (von 40 auf 33 Prozent), der Printmedien (von 34 auf 26 Prozent) als auch des Internets (von 79 auf 75 Prozent). Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt der Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016 (PDF-Download), den das Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung veröffentlicht hat.“

Tech & Science

OpenAI RESEARCH #1: Generative Models: „Our first research results are now live: four projects that share a common theme of enhancing or using generative models, a branch of unsupervised learning techniques in machine learning.“

Paper: Visually Indicated Sounds: „Objects make distinctive sounds when they are hit or scratched. These sounds reveal aspects of an object's material properties, as well as the actions that produced them. In this paper, we propose the task of predicting what sound an object makes when struck as a way of studying physical interactions within a visual scene. We present an algorithm that synthesizes sound from silent videos of people hitting and scratching objects with a drumstick.“
(I thought this was kinda lame [thats why I'm so late with it], for 2 reasons: 1. „Clicky“-Sounds with high Attack are easiest to generate and 1. This Algorithm clearly fools noone as soon as the sounds become more non-„clicky“, no matter what all those headlines say. Meh.)


Urbance is a French-Canadian anime project-series created and written by Joel Dos Reis Viegas. The series follows Kenzell and Lesya, two characters apart of a lost generation of frustrated gangs in a dystopian future. In a community where sex is prohibited because of a deadly genetical virus, the community is split into two opposing sides of women and men. However, Kenzell's and Lesya's relationship spark a revolution, allowing authorities to become involved.

Inside the Green Room – White supremacists still stalk the halls of punk.

gr[Rock against Racism]’s peak came in 1978, when it co-organized (with the Anti Nazi League) a London concert and rally that included a march from Trafalgar Square to Victoria Park and drew an estimated eighty thousand people. Of all the bands that participated, the Clash was the period’s most emblematic. Rivaled only by the Sex Pistols and the Ramones in their iconicity, the Clash set themselves apart from contemporaneous groups with its explicit political orientation.
Many fans probably first came to punk through the Clash’s songs. And hearing the outspoken leftism of “London’s Burning,” “I Fought the Law,” and “Revolution Rock,” it is easy to mistake punk for an inherently left-wing movement.
But the right-wing backlash that RAR quickly inspired points to the Janus-faced nature of punk. Before long, the National Front organized the Young National Front, an attempt to link white nationalist issues to teenage interests like sports and music. This gave rise to a new banner: Rock Against Communism (RAC).
Far-right punk had been born.