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TODD SMITH — Local news vows to fight fake news

A large group of local media outlets is taking an aggressive stance against so-called fake news. The Local Media Consortium (LMC), a partnership that includes dozens of newspapers and more than 1,600 media outlets, has released a “manifesto” deeming fake news as “digital propaganda” and pledged to educate readers in an effort to combat its spread. Fake news stories crescendoed ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Two Meridian representatives introduce conflicting bills

Meridian Republican Representative Steve Horne has introduced House Bill 305 to abolish party primaries for state and local elections.    Meridian Republican Representative Greg Snowden has introduced House Bill 496 to require party primaries for state and local judicial elections.   Hmmm.   Horne’s bill was referred by Speaker of the House Philip Gunn to the Apportionment and Elections Committee. ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Facebook fake news problem may impact businesses operating open websites

Recent criticisms lobbed at Facebook for fake news stories on its platform that allegedly tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor may spell trouble for businesses operating open websites where users can post content.  Sites that aggregate content created by third parties (think Craig’s List, YouTube, or any sites that include a comment section) have long been shielded from liability by a ...

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TODD SMITH — Use these tools to ignite your content marketing

It’s the perfect time to reflect on how your brand maximized content marketing in 2016 – and prep the launchpad for 2017. Did you meet your goals and objectives last year? Consider new tools available to enhance your content marketing strategy and influence your audience in new ways. One important development in 2016 was the major changes unveiled by Facebook. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: So, you’re thinking of running for mayor

With the March 3rd qualifying deadline only a few weeks away, decision time is drawing nigh for those considering running for mayor or other municipal office. To assist in that endeavor, we have put together a list of questions that should be answered by any person considering a run for mayor. The first question is the most important one because it ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Being a “compliant” victim of cybercrime

When I discuss cybersecurity with business leaders, the most common misconception I see involves the role of security compliance. In my last column, I described the reality of cybercrime, a wild frontier of advanced attackers that can critically damage your business with impunity. In this dangerous environment, it’s important to realize that compliance alone will not protect you. Recently, the ...

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