“Online Misinformation Casts a Shadow over India’s Election”

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India’s election overshadowed by the rise of online misinformation Greater internet penetration and the rise of "cheapfakes" since the last general election in 2019 pose new challengesAs India kicks off the world’s biggest election, which starts on April 19 and runs through June 1, the electoral landscape is overshadowed by misinformation. Misinformation is not just a problem for election fairness — it can have deadly effects, including violence on the ground and increase hatred for minorities. “Ever since social media has been thriving, there is a new trend where you use misinformation to target communities,” he said. The country’s vast diversity in language and culture also make it particularly hard for fact-checkers to review and filter out misleading content. Moreover, just before the Indian election, Meta reportedly cut funding to news organizations for fact-checking on WhatsApp.

“Cryptocurrency values experience grounding in 2023, with VC anticipation of resurgence in 2024”

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Crypto valuations ‘came back to earth’ in 2023, but VCs expect them to rise again in 2024The past couple of years have proved to be a turbulent time for the crypto industry. But a recent spike of interest in crypto, driven by rising Bitcoin and Ethereum prices, is rebuilding momentum, and many think that next year could be promising for crypto startups’ valuations. Fundraising was difficult for both startups and venture capitalists in 2023, according to Lydia Chiu, VP of business development at Ava Labs. In 2022, the crypto venture capital deck “saw a complete reshuffling,” with “many tourist VCs in retreat and their weaker portfolio investments bleeding out,” he added. “Anyone should’ve expected venture funding to dry up in 2023, and it did,” said Will Nuelle, general partner at Galaxy Ventures.