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The US government’s ‘witch hunt’ to root out a Trump critic has now sparked an investigation

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

The federal government’s effort to root out an anonymous critic of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has sparked an investigation into whether officials abused their authority by demanding that Twitter reveal the identity of one of its users, according to a letter released April 21.

Privacy messenger app Confide, used by some in White House, gets slapped with lawsuit that says it's not as secure as it claims

Location:
Confide, New York, NY, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new lawsuit claims that Confide, a privacy-focused messaging app reportedly used by several politicians including those in the Trump administration in February, may not be as secure as it has advertised.

Not everyone in advanced economies is using social media

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Despite the seeming ubiquity of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, many in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and Japan do not report regularly visiting social media sites. But majorities in all of the 14 countries surveyed say they at least use the internet.

Ad Industry Powers Consider Adopting Ad Blocking on a Wide Scale

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The biggest players in advertising and tech are mapping out a strategy to kill off the digital ads that have been deemed as the absolute worst by consumers.

A Communique on the G-20 Digital Economy Ministerial

Location:
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230, United States
Recommendation:
3

The G20 (Group of 20) is a forum for representatives of governments of 20 major economies to consider and address issues of common interest impacting the citizens of these economies. As the president of the G20, Germany initiated a work stream focused on the digital economy. Over the past four months, representatives of the G20 countries have been examining policies and practices that will further the growth, development and deployment of digital economy technologies.

How YouTube’s Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

Location:
YouTube, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066, United States
Recommendation:
3

Since its 2005 debut with the slogan “Broadcast Yourself,” YouTube has positioned itself as a place where any people with camera phones can make a career of their creativity and thrive free of the grip of corporate media gatekeepers. But in order to share in the advertising wealth a user base of more than a billion can provide, independent producers must satisfy the demands of YouTube’s unfeeling, opaque and shifting algorithms.

Google reaches $7.8M settlement with Russia in antitrust case

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Google is paying a $7.8 million fine and agreeing to open up its Android mobile operating system to competitors' search engines in Russia.

What you’re really agreeing to when you accept your smart TV’s privacy policy

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Let's be honest here — most of us don’t read the privacy policies for smart televisions. And even if we try to, it’s often difficult to read them, particularly on a television screen.

Have Internet Giants Taken Over Creative Culture?

Apr 20 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

In Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, Jonathan Taplin uses his own extensive experience as a music and film producer to explore the real consequences average consumers stand to face if this monopolistic activity goes unchecked and to recommend potential solutions.

Google and Facebook oppose managing the Internet. Except when they’re doing it.

Location:
News Media Alliance, 4401 N. Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
1

Google and Facebook are facing new competition to their online business models after President Trump signed a bill putting Internet service providers on a path to being able to monetize online users the same way these technology giants do. Next up is the threatened unwinding of the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” rules, which could put these companies in a double bind, because they could soon have to pay Internet service providers a metered rate to move their content to customers’ screens. Google and Facebook will argue — as they did during our fight on net neutrality in 2015 — that ISPs should not be able to prioritize and price the flow of online content.

2017 IT Leadership Survey

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The shift to mobile learning, student data privacy and budget constraints are top of mind for school district technology leaders. These are among the key findings CoSN revealed today from its 2017 IT Leadership Survey.

Comcast Gets Unshackled With NBC Deal Curbs Expiring in 2018

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

When Hulu introduced a commercial-free option in 2015, NBC executives were frustrated. Despite owning a stake in Hulu, they could only watch even though they preferred that streaming-video provider stick with an advertising-supported model, apparently.

Why Your Local TV Station Will Determine the Fate of YouTube TV

Location:
YouTube, 901 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA, 94066, United States
Recommendation:
3

One of the biggest selling points for YouTube TV is live local channels.

Fragmented democracy and social media: A discussion with Cass Sunstein

Apr 14 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street Auditorium, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The online ad industry is rallying to fight piracy, fraud, extremists and fake news. Does it stand a chance?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Media companies and their advertisers are shortchanged $8 billion a year because of scams, or more than the estimated combined revenue of Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures and MGM Studios.

Senators question Trump admin's alleged attempt to unmask Twitter account

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Several Sens pressed the Trump Administration for details after reports that US officials tried to get Twitter to unmask an anonymous account that published tweets critical of President Donald Trump.

When Apps Secretly Team Up to Steal Your Data

Location:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, United States
Recommendation:
3

Pairs of Android apps installed on the same smartphone have ways of colluding to extract information about the phone’s user, which can be difficult to detect.

The US government has withdrawn its request ordering Twitter to identify a Trump critic

Location:
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC, 20528, United States
Recommendation:
3

The legal battle between Twitter and the US government ended April 7, after the Department of Homeland Security withdrew its demand that the tech company release information to identify an account holder whose tweets are critical of President Donald Trump on Twitter.

What does fake news tell us about life in the digital age? Not what you might expect

Location:
Public Data Lab, United States
Recommendation:
3

Five months after the US elections, fake news remains high on media, political, and public agendas, having sparked a wave of concern, responses, and counter-responses in countries around the world.

Trump Administration seeks to unmask Trump dissident on Twitter, lawsuit reveals

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Trump Administration sought to unmask the identity of an anonymous Twitter account criticizing its policies, according to a lawsuit filed by the social media platform April 6.

Q&A—Former FCC chairman Wheeler speaks out on zero-rated data, the IoT and what he’s doing now

Location:
Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC, 20036-1133, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Q&A with former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

The Online Ad Industry Is Undergoing Self-Reflection. That’s Good News.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

On the one hand, there are some clear problems with how programmatic ads are placed. The industry is rife with complexity.

Sen Wyden, Paul introduce bill to end warrantless phone searches at border

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before searching the digital devices of Americans trying to reenter the United States.

FTC, Amazon to Withdraw Appeals, Paving Way for Consumer Refunds Related to Children’s Unauthorized In-App Charges

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Trade Commission and Amazon have agreed to end appeals related to 2016’s court findings that the company billed consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, paving the way for affected consumers to seek refunds from the online retailer shortly.

Trump Administration Considers Far-Reaching Steps for ‘Extreme Vetting’

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

Foreigners who want to visit the US, even for a short trip, could be forced to disclose contacts on their mobile phones, social-media passwords and financial records, and to answer probing questions about their ideology, according to Trump administration officials conducting a review of vetting procedures.

Congress is trying to give even more power to Hollywood

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 23rd, Reps Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and John Conyers (D-MI) introduced a controversial bipartisan bill with over 100 years of history behind it, though you wouldn’t know it from its boring name.

The Conservative Case Against Trashing Online Privacy Rules

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Protecting Internet privacy should be a bipartisan issue, right? After all, Americans seem united in their dislike of the phone and cable behemoths that dominate internet service in the US.

After vote to kill privacy rules, users try to “pollute” their Web history

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

While the US government is giving Internet service providers free rein to track their customers’ Internet usage for purposes of serving personalized advertisements, some Internet users are determined to fill their browsing history with junk so ISPs can’t discover their real browsing habits.

Verizon Said to Plan Online TV Package for Summer Launch

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Apparently, Verizon has been securing streaming rights from television network owners in preparation for the nationwide launch of a live online TV service.

Beyond Tech: Policymaking in a Digital Age

Location:
Code for America, 85 2nd Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105, United States
Recommendation:
3

All tech starts out imperfect and evolves over time based on user needs and user behavior. We now have examples of rule makers testing with users and evolving the rules based on user needs and user behavior. To do this, the process of rulemaking, and eventually lawmaking, must be redesigned.

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