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The Urgent Need for Expiration Date of Personal Information in the Cyberspace

Ogbuefi, Nnubia, RTBF: The Urgent Need for Expiration Date of Personal Information in the Cyberspace (April 10, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3678213 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3678213

“The internet is an information highway that remembers all our deeds and transgressions. It keeps track of all information posted online and recalls this information when there is a search for results. So, it was easier to find a person’s past deeds and misdeeds online. The need to recollect accessible information drew the court’s attention to the concept of the right to be forgotten. Now, Google Transparency reports that there are currently 4,572,951,633 URLs requests for delisting globally. This is a huge figure for the search engine to handle. Also, the court bestowed the powers to decide what information to delist are in the hands of the tech companies. By so doing, the determination of the right of a person over their personal information is in the hands of the private companies. This paper elucidates the concept of the right to be forgotten and the urgent need for personal information to have an expiration date in the database of the data controller and processor. Also, this paper using Lessig’s pathetic dot theory shall analyze the applicability of an expiration date to personal information globally as with the services offered by most data controllers and data processors.”

Google launches a suite of tech-powered tools for reporters, Journalist Studio

TechCrunch: “Google is putting AI and machine learning technologies into the hands of journalists. The company this morning announced a suite of new tools, Journalist Studio, that will allow reporters to do their work more easily. At launch, the suite includes a host of existing tools as well as two new products aimed at helping… Continue Reading

Google is giving data to police based on search keywords

Cnet – Court records in an arson case show that Google gave away data on people who searched for a specific address. “There are few things as revealing as a person’s search history, and police typically need a warrant on a known suspect to demand that sensitive information. But a recently unsealed court document found that… Continue Reading

Microsoft Edge gets free 24-hour video calls, screenshot tool, shopping features

VentureBeat: “[On October 8, 2020] Microsoft…announced a slew of new features coming to its Chromium Edge browser. There are PDF improvements, a built-in screenshot tool, support for more themes, and new shopping features in time for the holiday season. But the most notable addition is the one powered by Skype because, for better or for… Continue Reading

Google research lets sign language switch ‘active speaker’ in video calls

TechCrunch: “An aspect of video calls that many of us take for granted is the way they can switch between feeds to highlight whoever’s speaking. Great — if speaking is how you communicate. Silent speech like sign language doesn’t trigger those algorithms, unfortunately, but this research from Google might change that. It’s a real-time sign… Continue Reading

How to deal with Google’s and YouTube’s aggressive popups

ghacks.net: “When you visit Google’s main website for the first time, or after clearing cookies, you get a “before you continue” popup. On YouTube, another Google property, you will get a “sign in to YouTube” popup instead. You need to click on “I agree” on Google’s site or “no thanks” on YouTube to get rid… Continue Reading

Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, Scopus, Dimensions, Web of Science, and OpenCitations’ COCI: a multidisciplinary comparison of coverage via citations

Martín-Martín, A., Thelwall, M., Orduna-Malea, E., & Delgado López-Cózar, E. (in press). Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, Scopus, Dimensions, Web of Science, and OpenCitations’ COCI: a multidisciplinary comparison of coverage via citations. Scientometrics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s1119 – “New sources of citation data have recently become available, such as Microsoft Academic, Dimensions, and the OpenCitations Index of CrossRef open DOI-to-DOI… Continue Reading

Instead of optimizing work, technology has created a nonstop barrage of notifications and interactions.

How Work Became an Inescapable Hellhole – This story is adapted from Can’t Even: How Millennials Became the Burnout Generation, by Anne Helen Petersen. “Instead of optimizing work, technology has created a nonstop barrage of notifications and interactions. Six months into a pandemic, it’s worse than ever. I’m equally ashamed and exhausted writing that description… Continue Reading

New emoji approved to help express the anguish of 2020

The Verge – ‘Face with spiral eyes’ is how we are all feeling: “This year has been hard. Wildfire smoke has engulfed the West Coast, hundreds of thousands are dead from an ongoing pandemic, and the US government is deadlocked to the point of illegitimacy, incapable of taking action against the economic, political, ecological, and… Continue Reading