BBC: Doomsday Clock nears apocalypse over climate and fears - and misinformation

24 January, 2020

Extracts below. Full text here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-51213185

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The symbolic Doomsday Clock, which indicates how close our planet is to complete annihilation, is now only 100 seconds away from midnight.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) said on Thursday that the change was made due to nuclear proliferation, failure to tackle climate change and "cyber-based disinformation"...

The committee warned of another threat... "government-used cyber-enabled disinformation campaigns to sow distrust in institutions and among nations".

Board member Robert Latiff called "untruths, exaggerations and misinterpretations" a problem that could lead to the "wholesale trashing" of scientific evidence. Deepfake videos, he said, "threaten to undermine truth from fiction".

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