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BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain – TechCrunch

BotChain wants to put bot-to-bot communication on the blockchain – TechCrunch Increasingly we are going to be having bots conducting business on a company’s behalf. As that happens, it is going to require a trust mechanism to ensure that bot-to-bot communication is legitimate. BotChain, a new startup out of Boston …

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Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch

Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch European Union lawmakers want online platforms to come up with their own systems to identify bot accounts. This is as part of a voluntary Code of Practice the European Commission now wants platforms to develop and apply …

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Twitter Bots Account for Two-Thirds of Links to Popular Websites

It’s no secret that Twitter is largely populated by bots, automated programs that often act under the guise of being an actual human, but new findings out of the Pew Research Center helps quantify their activity. Bots account for two-thirds of tweets that link to popular websites, according to the report, …

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Bots on Twitter share two-thirds of links to popular websites: Pew – TechCrunch

It’s official: Bots are doing a lot of PR grunt work on Twitter — especially when it comes to promoting porn websites. That perhaps unsurprising conclusion about what automated Twitter accounts are link sharing comes courtesy of a new study by the Pew Research Center which set out to quantify one …

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Customer service bot startup Agent IQ announces $6.3 million Series A led by Sierra Ventures

If you’ve tried to deal with a bot before you can speak to a human customer service rep, you know how frustrating that process can sometimes be. Sure, there are basic tasks that can free up a human rep to handle the more difficult matters, but it can be exasperating …

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U.S. government will investigate fraudulent net neutrality comments

After an open letter from Democratic representatives, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has agreed to investigate claims that millions of fraudulent comments were made during the lead-up to the December 2017 net neutrality repeal. The post U.S. government will investigate fraudulent net neutrality comments appeared first on Digital Trends. Source …

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Twitter updates total of Russia-linked election bots to 50,000

Twitter has provided updated details on its investigation into Russian election interference on its platform in 2016. Its identification of more than 13,000 more Russian-linked bots that made election-related tweets puts the total over 50,000. In addition, about 3,800 (up 1,000 from Twitter’s data in the fall) were associated with …

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