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Smart tech voice assistants are a threat to news pluralism 03 Aug 2018 07:51 #9584

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Smart tech voice assistants are a threat to news pluralism, Reporters Without Borders warn

Published time: 3 Aug, 2018

If instead of rummaging through search results and newspaper headlines, you leave it up to your Alexa to feed you the news, you could be locking yourself in an echo chamber, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warn.
The pro-information freedom NGO is sounding the alarm over the impact that smart tech is having on the way we consume news. In a Thursday report, it says the development of voice assistants – like Amazon's Alexa, or Siri, or Google Assistant – "raises the question of guarantees for pluralism in news and information."

RSF is concerned that when you ask "What's the news?" and submit to the mercy of your virtual assistant, you could be allowing someone else to cherry pick your sources for you. "Voice assistants are liable to reinforce the opaque and often pay-based methods of media content distribution that exist already,"says RSF's Journalism and Technology head Elodie Vialle. And while the media is happy to report on the futuristic technology itself, it diverts attention from its potential implications.

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www.rt.com/news/434982-voice-assistant-threat-news/
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Smart tech voice assistants are a threat to news pluralism 04 Aug 2018 13:43 #9601

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Yet another means of creating a gullible and subservient population.
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