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Daily Archives: March 28, 2018

Americans’ complicated feelings about social media in an era of privacy concerns

“Amid public concerns over Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data and a subsequent movement to encourage users to abandon Facebook, there is a renewed focus on how social media companies collect personal information and make it available to marketers. Pew Research Center has studied the spread and impact of social media since 2005, when just 5% of American adults used the platforms. The trends tracked by our data tell a complex story that is full of conflicting pressures. On one hand, the rapid growth of the platforms is testimony to their appeal to online Americans. On the other, this widespread use has been accompanied by rising user concerns about privacy and social media firms’ capacity to protect their data. All this adds up to a mixed picture about how Americans feel about social media. Here are some of the dynamics…”

Who doesn’t read books in America?

“About a quarter of American adults (24%) say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. Who are these non-book readers? Several demographic traits correlate with non-book reading, Pew Research Center surveys have found. For instance, adults with a high school degree… Continue Reading

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The Guardian – Dylan Curran – “The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look..Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even… Continue Reading

New Linked Citations in the Congressional Record Index

GPO – govinfo: “For new editions of the Congressional Record Index, citations in the text file for bills and pages in the Congressional Record will be hyperlinked to the corresponding document in govinfo. The daily updates to the Congressional Record Index will include these links going forward and some previous editions will be updated to… Continue Reading

Facebook Container Extension: Take control of how you’re being tracked

Mozilla: “Our Multi-Account Containers extension has been a game changer for many users, letting them manage various parts of their online life without intermingling their accounts. To help Firefox users have more control of their data on Facebook, we’ve created the Facebook Container Extension. This extension helps you control more of your web activity from… Continue Reading

AALL partners with Perma.cc to ensure unbroken links to association publications

 “The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) today announces the organization is partnering with Perma.cc to ensure AALL publications will remain complete and maintain their longevity for the benefit of its more than 4,500 members and those served by their legal information expertise. Perma.cc is a service that helps scholars, courts, and others create citation… Continue Reading

FB says – It’s Time to Make Our Privacy Tools Easier to Find – ya think!

Facebook News: “Last week showed how much more work we need to do to enforce our policies and help people understand how Facebook works and the choices they have over their data. We’ve heard loud and clear that privacy settings and other important tools are too hard to find and that we must do more… Continue Reading

Wikipedia – everyone’s reliable source?

NYMag: “Earlier this week at South by Southwest, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the video site will use excerpts from Wikipedia to counteract videos promoting conspiracy theories. This new feature is, at first glance (and really, on second and third glances, too), odd. A megacorporation with billions of dollars and thousands of brilliant employees… Continue Reading

GPO Statement On H.R. 5305, The FDLP Modernization Act Of 2018

“On March 15, 2018, Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper introduced H.R. 5305, the FDLP Modernization Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill cosponsored by all other members of the Committee to reform the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The FDLP is administered by the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO). The GPO is pleased to… Continue Reading