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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources

Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources, Emma Lurie and Eni Mustafaraj. WebSci’18, May 27-30, 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands. “Recent research has suggested that young users are not particularly skilled in assessing the credibility of online content. A follow up study comparing students to fact checkers… Continue Reading

Internet Trends 2018 Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report “Context: We use data to tell stories of business-related trends we focus on. We hope others take the ideas, build on them & make them better. At 3.6B, the number of Internet users has surpassed half the world’s population. When markets reach mainstream, new growth gets harder to find-evinced… Continue Reading

Law Firm Data is Catnip for Hackers

Security Boulevard: “Dig into a law firm, and you’ll find secrets. Sometimes these secrets are mundane, like who’s getting divorced, or who’s getting cut out of the will. Sometimes, however, these secrets can shake nations and economies.  Huge companies are merging and getting acquired, national leaders are hiding graft in numbered accounts, and you might… Continue Reading

Why we can’t give up the traditional Qwerty keyboard

BBC – The Economics of Change: “The Dvorak has a cult following. Its supporters say it’s faster, easier to learn and better for your poor, overworked fingers. They say 70% of keystrokes are on the home row – the keys where typists rest their fingers – on the Dvorak, versus 31% on a Qwerty. They… Continue Reading

Why ABC reacted so swiftly to Roseanne’s racist tweet

The Conversation – Anjana Susarla Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University: “ABC Entertainment, which produced the revamped version of “Roseanne,” is the latest company to learn the challenge of doing business in an age when citizen activism is amplified by social media. The network canceled the hit show after its star, Roseanne Barr,… Continue Reading

EU Member States agree on monitoring & filtering of internet uploads

EDRI: “On 25 May, the European Council agreed to a negotiating position on the draft copyright directive. This  will allow the presidency of the Council to start negotiations with the European Parliament on mass monitoring and filtering of internet uploads and a chaotic new “ancillary copyright” measure that will make it harder to link to… Continue Reading

INTERPOL information database inquiries jump 200 percent

Homeland Preparedness News: “Use of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) global databases has been on the rise in recent years amid growing threats of terrorist attacks in Europe, with inquiries to stolen and lost travel documents data increasing by more than 200 percent since 2014. Delegates recently met at the 48th INTERPOL European Regional… Continue Reading

The GDPR: Everything you wanted to know

Search the FAQs – “GDPR explained. What’s the GDPR? What does the new regulation mean for you as an individual? What does it mean for you as a company or organisation? Read our FAQs to find out more, or send us a question and we’ll try and answer it here!” Continue Reading

US recycling hits a wall – China’s ban on imported waste

The New York Times: Plastics and papers from dozens of American cities and towns are being dumped in landfills after China stopped recycling most “foreign garbage. “…as part of a broad antipollution campaign, China announced last summer that it no longer wanted to import “foreign garbage.” Since Jan. 1 it has banned imports of various… Continue Reading

The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States

National Academies Press: “Abortion is a legal medical procedure that has been provided to millions of American women. Since the Institute of Medicine first reviewed the health implications of national legalized abortion in 1975, there has been a plethora of related scientific research, including well-designed randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews, and epidemiological studies examining abortion… Continue Reading

Personal Data Protection and the EU GDPR

Library of Congress – Personal Data Protection and the EU GDPR May 25, 2018 by Jenny Gesley “Everyone is talking about the European Union‘s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which takes effect today. Recent news reports about misuse of personal data suggest that rules to protect personal data are essential in today’s interconnected (online)… Continue Reading

Rethinking Legal Taxonomies for the Gig Economy

Adams, Abi and Freedman, Judith and Prassl, Jeremias, Rethinking Legal Taxonomies for the Gig Economy: Tax Law, Employment Law, and Economic Incentives (May 1, 2018). Oxford Review of Economic Policy (Forthcoming); Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12/2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3177075 – “Recent labour market changes, from an increase in the number of individuals… Continue Reading