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Public Comments to the Federal Communications Commission About Net Neutrality Contain Many Inaccuracies and Duplicates

Pew Report – Fully 57% of comments used temporary or duplicate email addresses, and seven popular comments accounted for 38% of all submissions. “For the second time in less than four years, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering regulations regarding net neutrality – the principle that internet service providers must treat all data… Continue Reading

HBS – How Independent Bookstores Have Thrived in Spite of Amazon.com

Harvard Business School: “Ryan Raffaelli set out to discover how independent bookstores managed to survive and even thrive in spite of competition from Amazon and other online retailers. His initial findings reveal how much consumers still value community and personal contact.” “When Amazon.com burst onto the nascent online retail scene in 1995, the future seemed… Continue Reading

No boundaries: Exfiltration of personal data by session-replay scripts

Freedom to Tinker – “This is the first post in our “No Boundaries” series, in which we reveal how third-party scripts on websites have been extracting personal information in increasingly intrusive ways. by Steven Englehardt, Gunes Acar, and Arvind Narayanan. Update: we’ve released our data — the list of sites with session-replay scripts, and the… Continue Reading

NYT – She Warned of ‘Peer-To-Peer Misinformation.’ Congress Listened

Follow up to previous posting November 1, 2017 – Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections – see this article in the New York Times – “…For years, Ms. DiResta had battled disinformation campaigns, cataloging data on how malicious actors spread fake narratives online. That morning, wearing headphones so… Continue Reading

Senate Intel Cmte Hearing – Social Media Influence in the 2016 U.S. Elections

Axios – What Facebook, Google and Twitter told the Senate Intel committee Axios – “Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released examples of Facebook ads paid for by Russian actors during this afternoon’s hearing with Facebook, Google and Twitter. Ads were displayed in the hearing room to drive home their concern about foreign governments “weaponizing”… Continue Reading

Here come the drones – by Executive Order!

FAA – “President Donald J. Trump directed U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in select jurisdictions. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program implements a directive signed by President Trump today, and… Continue Reading

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

The New York Times: “…In the coming weeks, executives from Facebook and Twitter will appear before congressional committees to answer questions about the use of their platforms by Russian hackers and others to spread misinformation and skew elections. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook sold more than $100,000 worth of ads to a Kremlin-linked company,… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Dark Web

Dark Web, Kristin Finklea, Specialist in Domestic Security. March 10, 2017. via FAS “The layers of the Internet go far beyond the surface content that many can easily access in their daily searches. The other content is that of the Deep Web, content that has not been indexed by traditional search engines such as Google.… Continue Reading

Research – Facebook Ad Reach Is More Than U.S. Census Bureau Data in All 50 States

Adweek: “Facebook’s issues with reporting ad reaches larger than the actual population base appear to be even more prevalent, according to a new report from the Video Advertising Bureau. Early last month, Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser pointed out discrepancies between Facebook’s ad reach and U.S. Census Bureau data, including: Facebook claims that it can reach 41 million… Continue Reading

Google – First, Flexible Sampling will replace First Click Free for Articles

Google Blog: “Journalism provides accurate and timely information when it matters most, shaping our understanding of important issues and pushing us to learn more in search of the truth. People come to Google looking for high-quality content, and our job is to help them find it. However, sometimes that content is behind a paywall. While… Continue Reading

Google complies with EU antitrust order to show competitors in shopping search results

Bloomberg: “Google will create a standalone unit for its shopping service and require it to bid against rivals for ads shown on the top of its search page, in an effort to satisfy European Union concerns over the display of product results, three people familiar with the investigation said. Google faces a Thursday deadline to comply… Continue Reading

German universities looking to pursue alternatives to Elsevier journal access

Follow up to Academic institutions in Germany continue to cancel journal subscriptions as costs soar see Loans between libraries, and research sharing between colleagues, could allow country to sever links, negotiators claim “German universities have coped “easily” when cut off from Elsevier journals and do not need to rely on pirate article-sharing sites such as… Continue Reading