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Public Knowledge Calls for Court to Protect Rights to Access the Law

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Public Knowledge filed an amicus curiae brief in the case ASTM v. Public Resource. The case concerns Public Resource’s copying of model building codes and educational testing codes, which had been enacted into federal law and regulations.

In paywall age, free content remains king for newspaper sites

Location:
USA, United States

The Majority of America's largest newspapers continue to employ digital subscription strategies that prioritize traffic, ad revenues, and promotion—despite the ongoing collapse of display ad rates.

The Real Trouble With Trump’s ‘Dark Post’ Facebook Ads

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Pandering to the base is a tradition as old as politics itself. But in the social media age, it’s easier than ever for politicians to take those tailored messages—the kind they might not like to share with the whole world—and disseminate them only to the people who are most likely to agree. And targeting allows campaigns to silo thousands of possible audiences with just a click, making it harder than ever to hold politicians accountable for all of it.

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Democrats are trying to limit foreign influence on US elections — beginning with Google and Facebook ads

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

A group of House and Senate Democrats are calling on the US government to issue new “guidance” to stop foreign advertisers from spending money on Facebook, Google and other web platforms in a bid to influence American elections.

Science News and Information Today

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

At a time when scientific information is increasingly at the center of public divides, most Americans say they get science news no more than a couple of times per month, and when they do, most say it is by happenstance rather than intentionally.

What will the internet look like without net neutrality? Just ask this sponsored data app

At first glance, Freeway looks like a good app. Through partnerships with content providers and mobile networks, Freeway can let users on limited wireless rate plans use services like YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify without eating into their precious data allowance. In return, Freeway charges a couple bucks per month through a mobile app, and also leverages sponsorships. In theory, it’s a neat way to help consumers access services without paying for an unlimited data plan or massive overage fees. But in practice, it creates the exact kind of anti-competitive environment net neutrality advocates are so afraid of.

Google Offers to Auction Off Shopping Ad Spaces to Rivals in Response to EU

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Apparently, Alphabet’s Google has proposed overhauling its shopping search results so that rivals can bid for space to display products for sale, as part of the company's efforts to comply with the European Union’s antitrust order.

Big Tech’s Half-Hearted Response To Fake News And Election Hacking

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

South Dakota online tax law headed to Supreme Court

Location:
South Dakota State Capitol, 500 E Capitol Ave, Pierre, SD, 57501, United States

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled that the state cannot force out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax, setting up a possible appeal to the US Supreme Court that ...

How big tech became the new titan of television

Location:
USA, United States

The geeks are raiding their digital vaults to transform themselves into lords of entertainment – or at least owners of content – and in the process shape what we watch and how we watch. Traditional broadcast and cable networks, giants which for decades shaped popular culture, are scrambling to keep up.

Advertisers are furious with Apple for new tracking restrictions in Safari 11

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

A group of digital advertising and marketing organizations has come together to condemn Apple for what the coalition says is a “unilateral and heavy-handed approach” to user privacy on Mac.

Court reveals another overseas-data fight between Google and federal government

Location:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Google came up on the losing end of a previously-undisclosed third showdown with the federal government over demands for data stored overseas, a federal court in Washington has revealed.

About 6 in 10 young adults in U.S. primarily use online streaming to watch TV

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go has dramatically altered the media habits of Americans, especially young adults.

The Future of Speech Online

Sep 15 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location:
Knight Conference Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Explore the most pressing issues around free speech online today

Facebook Moves to Keep Ads From Running on Objectionable Videos

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook’s enormous audience has long been catnip to advertisers. But the company’s vast ecosystem has come under scrutiny in 2017 from major brands, which are increasingly sensitive to the possibility of inadvertently showing up next to objectionable content.

Twitter founder: Trump presidency is product of short attention spans

Location:
Twitter (new home), 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

President Donald Trump is a symptom of a media environment based on short attention spans that is making the world stupider, one of the founders of Twitter has said.

The Terrifying Power of Internet Censors

Location:
Yale Law School, 40 Ashmun Street Information Society Project, New Haven, CT, United States

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of corporate players on the internet: companies that build infrastructure through which content flows, and companies that seek to curate content and create a community. Internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast, domain name servers, web hosts and security services providers like Cloudflare are all the former — or the “pipe.” They typically don’t look at the content their clients and customers are putting up, they just give them the means to do it and let it flow.

Google Offers Olive Branch to Publishers by Relaxing Policy on Subscription Sites

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Google is planning to end its “first click free” policy that enables users of its search engine to bypass paywalls on news websites, a move that could help publishers boost subscriptions.

Equifax data breach focuses Washington's attention on security of sensitive personal information

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

The massive data breach at credit reporting firm Equifax has put the company in the cross-hairs of congressional committees and one of the nation’s most aggressive attorneys general, while fueling a new push for stronger protections on Americans’ personal information.

How People Approach Facts and Information

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

A new Pew Research Center survey explores these five broad dimensions of people’s engagement with information and finds that a couple of elements particularly stand out when it comes to their enthusiasm: their level of trust in information sources and their interest in learning, particularly about digital skills.

Facebook, Twitter Political Ads Should Mimic TV Rules

Location:
MediaPost Communications, 1460 Broadway, New York, NY, United States

ome political TV advertising can be misleading, especially those super PAC (political action committee) commercials. You’re not sure where they come from or who is behind it. But what Facebook found out is worse: A Russian-backed "troll farm" bought $100,000 worth of advertising space on Facebook through fake accounts, according to the company.

Your apps are making you miserable

Location:
USA, United States

If you want to be happier, you might want to ditch your phone. It may be common knowledge that spending too much time on social media leads to disappointment with yourself, but according to data from Moment, an iPhone app that tracks app usage, there isn’t a single app that makes you feel good for spending more, rather than less, time on it.

Decentralized Social Networks Sound Great. Too Bad They'll Never Work.

Location:
MIT Media Lab, 77 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States

The three of us investigated several of the most promising efforts to “re-decentralize” the web, to better understand their potential to shake up the dominance of Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Location:
USA, United States

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that ...

News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Two-thirds of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media

Americans’ online news use is closing in on TV news use

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The gap between the share of Americans who get news online and those who do so on television is narrowing.

Facebook undermines its own effort to fight fake news

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

The fact-checkers enlisted by Facebook to help clear the site of “fake news” say the social media giant’s refusal to share information is hurting their efforts.

Judge dismisses Shiva “I Invented EMAIL” Ayyadurai’s libel lawsuit against Techdirt

Location:
USA, United States

A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a libel lawsuit filed earlier in 2017 against tech news website Techdirt. The claim was brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, who has controversially claimed that he invented e-mail in the late 1970s.

The Anit-Monopoly Case Against Google

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

An interview with Barry Lynn, former New America staffer who was let go, reportedly at the request of Alphabet's executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

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