NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is not naïve about the continued threat that Russia poses to his organization, which was founded shortly after WWII to counter Soviet aggression. But he also sees a silver lining in Putin's belligerent moves. "For the first time in many years, allies are investing more in defense. And all of this is very much triggered by Russia's behavior since 2014." Stoltenberg also believes that a critical step to confronting Russia will be to beat them on the cyber battlefield. His conversation with Ian Bremmer was part of the latest episode of GZERO World, which begins airing nationally in the US on public television November 13th. Check local listings.
Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief of WIRED, shares his perspective on technology news in Tech In 60 Seconds:
With Trump testing positive for corona, how are social media sites combating the mountains of misinformation?
Well, the same way they always do, demoting some content, labeling some false content, but mostly getting overwhelmed. And the reason they'll get particularly overwhelmed now is that there could be no topic more ripe for misinformation than this one. The White House will be opaque. People will spread every rumor imaginable. And just the nature of the Internet combining coronavirus and Trump, you can get a misinformation orgy.
New York City released a contact tracing app. How does it work and will other cities adopt it?
Well, it's a new app you download it onto your phone. What it does is it will alert you if you have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for corona. Or if you test positive, you enter into the app and it will alert people whose phones have been near yours receiving Bluetooth signals anonymously. That's a very good thing. I've installed it. I hope everybody does, keep everybody safe. See you next week.
With mixed messages from President Trump and governments around the world, and misinformation proliferating on social media, Ian Bremmer breaks down the media's role in the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for all of us.
GZERO's Alex Kliment interviews Danny Rogers, Co-Founder of The Global Disinformation Index and assistant professor at New York University. His organization seeks sources and distributors of misinformation online, from scammers and con artists looking to profit off the pandemic to state actors spreading myths for geopolitical gain. He describes the COVID-19 pandemic as "the Super Bowl" for the spread of misinformation.