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The Value of Authenticity – Ft. Rebecca Black

Social media has given users the power to create extensions of themselves within a virtual environment, but at what cost? When the entire world is given a public platform, the lines between reality and perception become increasingly blurred. On episode 2 of Creating Conversations, we examine the darker side of Internet fame and the value of authenticity when dealing with a crisis.

Special Guest: Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black is a renowned artist and YouTuber who unwittingly became an Internet sensation when she was thirteen years old. She has since played an important role in shaping the conversation around cyberbullying and the viral nature of social media.

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5 Videos You Might Have Missed This Year

Regardless of which side of the aisle you sat on, 2017 was pretty incredible. This year found itself embroiled in some of the most polarizing cultural, political and technological developments the world has ever seen. In a society increasingly connected in a web of social media outlets and platforms, we were collective witnesses to moments that defined humanity, and moments that divided it. Ad agencies, news outlets and production companies naturally responded to the ebb and flow of the cultural mainstream and its socio-political undercurrents by producing increasingly relevant, provocative and entertaining content.

As director of media production at CenterTable, I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest in media and advertising. This year I compiled a list of 5 social videos produced in 2017 that stood out to me in technical prowess, innovation and boldness. This list includes everything from social media ads to TV commercials. Let’s dive right in (in no particular order).

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Cracks in your Internet security?
Beware—hackers will find their way in

The world of hacking is organizing, maturing, and wreaking havoc on businesses and governments around the world. Adding insult to injury, the hackers are distributing press releases about their conquests.

It’s clear that if there’s even a slight crack in a company’s Internet security, hackers will find their way in and expose customer information for all to see. It’s turning 2011 into a full-blown hackfest.

Hacker group LulzSec went on a 50-day hack-a-thon, peeling open Sony PlayStation’s customer account information and taking down the CIA’s site. These hackers boast of their conquests on their Twitter account. They have a website featuring the “Love Boat” theme as background music, and they distribute press statements about their conquests.

“For the past 50 days we’ve been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could,” LulzSec says in its latest release.

Some recent high-profile hacks, some of which were attributed to LulzSec and its hack partners:

• Fox News’ Twitter account was taken over on July 4 and rogue tweets were sent stating that President Obama had been assassinated. A total of six tweets were sent from the @FoxNewsPolitics account to its more than 34,000 followers. It took the news agency nearly 10 hours to delete the fake posts.

• Sony’s networks have been attacked repeatedly over the last several months. Most notable was an attack on Sony PlayStation’s online store shut down the portal for a month and exposed millions of user accounts.

• PBS’s servers were hacked following the airing of a “Frontline” story on WikiSecrets. The hackers published internal login information and posted fake news on PBS.org sites. “Frontline” executive producer David Fanning called the hackers’ attack “irresponsible and chilling.”

• Citigroup in June sent 100,000 replacement cards to customers after a cyber attack. The cyber intruders were able to access information including holders’ names, account numbers, and email addresses.

Clearly, hackers are evolving, says Hemu Nigam, an online security expert whose résumé includes work at NewsCorp and Microsoft. Nigam breaks the hackers into four groups, mobsters, taunters, activists, and anarchists.

Making matters worse, there’s apparently an underground feud going on among hacking groups, The New York Times reported this week. These groups are involved in a game of one-upmanship, making just about any website vulnerable to attack.

“As they declare war on each other, the good citizens of the world, like you and I, can find ourselves in a heap of collateral damage,” said Nigam on Huffington Post.