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Have a Coke and an uncomfortable smile about your obesity problem! Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times  reports  (porous paywall): Happy 10 Minutes, a Chinese government campaign that encouraged schoolchildren to exercise for 10 minutes a day, would seem a laudable step toward improving public health in a nation struggling with alarming rates of childhood obesity. But the initiative and other official Chinese efforts that emphasized exercise as the best way to lose weight were notable for what they didn’t mention: the importance of cutting back on the calorie-laden junk foods and sugary beverages that have become ubiquitous in the world’s second largest economy. China’s fitness-is-best message, as it happens, has largely been the handiwork of Coca-Cola and other Western food and beverage giants, according to a pair of new studies that document how those companies have helped shape decades of Chinese science and public policy on obesity and diet-related illnesses like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. The findings, published Wednesday

Disinformation: 2018 in Figures

27 December 2018 |  FOW ,  News and analysis ,  Top Story 2018 has been a busy year for the pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign, with Russian trolls and media working hard to spread falsehoods on an ever-widening range of issues. From U.S. elections to Crimea to the Skripal poisoning, here’s an overview in figures of how Russian influence operations sought to divide Western societies in 2018 and how a growing number of countries are hitting back. This year, tech companies came under sustained pressure from Western governments for their role in enabling pro-Kremlin disinformation. The resulting disclosure of data by tech giants has provided new insights into the scale and impact of disinformation on social media. A Good Year For The Trolls Russian internet trolls, for example, appear to have thrived in 2018. Based on information provided by Twitter, U.S. researchers were able to estimate that disinformation travels  6 times faster  than truth on the platform. No wonder consider