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House Oversight grills law enforcement on facial recognition tech

Location:
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest Room #5154, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Lawmakers grilled law enforcement officials in a tense hearing March 22 over their use of facial recognition programs. Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about the FBI’s use of facial recognition technology during a House Oversight Committee hearing, pressing a bureau official about the ability to access photos of hundreds of millions of citizens and the technology’s accuracy.

What Happens When the President Is a Publisher, Too?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

What everyone actually knows, or should by now, is that while President Donald Trump claims to hate “the media,” he is himself an active publisher.

Study: Sharer of digital news outweighs news source

Location:
Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Your trust in news shared over social media may depend more on the person who shared the news than the news source itself, new research suggests. The results suggest opportunities for news organizations in building strong online followings -- and challenges for social media in countering fake news.

Appeals Court Rules TV Streamers Don't Get Compulsory License to Broadcast Networks

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, Pasadena, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a seismic victory in favor of streaming company FilmOn, handing significant relief to broadcasters like CBS, Fox, NBC and ABC who were aghast by a federal judge's decision in July 2015 that streamers could be deemed to be a "cable system" eligible for a compulsory license under the Copyright Act.

Millennials Might Break America's Internet

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The US (and the world) is in the midst of a sea change in how we spend our leisure time. Young people are less inclined to indulge in America's favorite pastime: zoning out in front of the TV.

The FBI Says It Doesn’t Need Encryption for Unclassified Evidence

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

In a list of technical requirements for a smartphone recording app, the FBI says it doesn't need to use encryption.

How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

One secret to longevity as a pundit is to issue predictions that can’t be easily checked. So here’s one for the time capsule: Two hundred years from now, give or take, the robot-people of Earth will look back on the early years of the 21st century as the beginning of a remarkable renaissance in art and culture.

The Trump Resistance Will Be Commercialized

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

These days, even a labor strike can be corporatized and repurposed as public relations. The typical refrain from brands that take on a cause is that they are “using their platform” to “raise awareness” about an issue. But the internet has complicated the transaction.

EU requests fraud, terms-of-service changes from tech giants

Location:
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Recommendation:
3

The European Commission requested that Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus alter their terms of service or face potential fines.

The Resistance Must Be Digitized

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Over the past two months, millions of people have taken to the streets to challenge our nation’s authoritarian new president. From the women’s marches that took place across the country and around the world to the mass protests against the Muslim ban and immigration raids, people are resisting the neo-fascist agenda President Trump is unleashing on our nation. A primary reason why millions have been able to mobilize so quickly is because they have the ability to use the open internet to communicate to the masses and organize a resistance. That’s why protecting the Net Neutrality rules that keep the internet open is more critical than ever.

Google starts flagging offensive content in search results

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

With growing criticism over misinformation in search results, Google is taking a harder look at potentially "upsetting" or "offensive" content, tapping humans to aid its computer algorithms to deliver more factually accurate and less inflammatory results.

A double standard on internet privacy

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

To consumers, an Internet service provider using customer geolocation data (for example) to send them relevant advertising or Google using geolocation data to send them relevant advertising is a distinction without a difference. To require that consumers opt-out of a default privacy protection regime for ISPs and opt in to a privacy regime for using Google or Facebook potentially confuses the privacy issue.

Facebook’s Town Hall feature helps you find and contact your local government officials

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook's mobile app has added Town Hall to help you find your local government representatives on local, federal, and state levels. The feature fits in with CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s manifesto published in Feb, where he called for a focus on using Facebook to build a more civically engaged community.

Twitter accounts hacked to display swastikas, support for Turkish president

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Numerous high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked March 15 to display Nazi swastikas and messages supporting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

CSN Chicago Winds Up to Air Original Cubs Documentary

Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Recommendation:
3

CSN Chicago plans to air an original documentary about Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, in which the Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in extra innings to win their first championship in 108 years.

Facebook and Twitter Could Face Fines in Germany Over Hate Speech Posts

Location:
Germany, Germany
Recommendation:
3

Social media companies including Facebook and Twitter are not doing enough to curb hate speech on their platforms and could face fines of up to $53 million if they do not strengthen their efforts to delete illegal posts, a German government minister said on March 14.

Knight Foundation, Others Offer $1 Million to Fight Fake News

Location:
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, 33131, United States
Recommendation:
3

Knight Foundation, Democracy Fund, and the Rita Allen Foundation believe informed communities are indispensable to a healthy American democracy. We are launching an open call for ideas to address concerns about the spread of misinformation and build trust in quality journalism.

A Fumble on a Key Fafsa Tool, and a Failure to Communicate

Location:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 10th St & Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States
Recommendation:
3

On March 3, families logging onto the website for federal aid found that a key component of the online application had stopped functioning.

Report: Fixed Broadband on ‘Thin Ice’ as More People Embrace Broadband Cord Cutting

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Fixed broadband is “on thin ice” in the US as the mobile first generation may be fueling broadband cord cutting, according to ReportLinker. Although the majority of households still access the Internet via fixed connections (cable, telecommunication, fiber, etc.), nearly 4 in 10 said they usually use mobile for home Internet access, according to the research.

Facebook says police can’t use its data for ‘surveillance’

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Facebook is cutting police departments off from a vast trove of data that has been increasingly used to monitor protesters and activists.

Can Technology Save Democracy?

Location:
usa, United States
Recommendation:
3

Flux’s app is one of a handful of new platforms that aim to use technology to let people participate directly in politics, at scale. All are premised on the fact that–around the world–representative democracy isn’t working well. But technology could potentially help end corruption and lobbying, allow people to delegate votes to trusted friends rather than politicians, and empower experts in a field to meaningfully impact policy.

The Choose-Your-Own-News Adventure

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A fascinating story emerged about Netflix recently. It was reported that the streaming television service was developing new interactive technology allowing viewers to direct the plots of certain television shows, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style.

Web Browsers, Not Apps, Are Internet Gatekeepers for the ‘Next Billion’

The number of internet users world-wide has roughly doubled in the past eight years to around 3.5 billion. The people who have come aboard in the past few years are spending their time in something that was overshadowed long ago in developed countries by apps: the mobile web browser.

I invented the web. Here are three things we need to change to save it

Location:
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States

March 11 marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the worldwide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share ...

Senator Booker: Social media sites aren’t bad or good—ceding them to hate is the problem.

Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sen Cory Booker (D-NJ) may not generate the same attention as our current tweeter-in-chief, but he embraces social media just as much.

Net neutrality hurts health care and helps adult content, Sen Johnson claims

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

Republican Sens March 8 claimed that network neutrality rules are hurting broadband network investment and urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to overturn them. Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) agreed that net neutrality rules harm Internet service provider investment and offered a lengthy analogy to explain why.

Verizon Wireless wades right back into the net neutrality debate with Fios deal

Location:
Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, NJ, United States
Recommendation:
2

Verizon is taking a page out of AT&T’s book by zero rating its Fios cable TV service for all Verizon Wireless customers. That means that if you purchase your mobile data plan from Verizon Wireless and your cable TV plan from Fios, you can now use the Fios Mobile app to stream live channels and on-demand shows and not have it count against your monthly data cap.

Social Media’s Silent Filter

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Thus far, much of the post-election discussion of social-media companies has focused on algorithms and automated mechanisms that are often assumed to undergird most content-dissemination processes online. But algorithms are not the whole story. In fact, there is a profound human aspect to this work. I call it commercial content moderation, or CCM.

House Oversight Committee question White House on digital records

Location:
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, 45 Independence Avenue Southwest Room #5154, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The leaders of the House Oversight Committee raised concerns that President Donald Trump may be violating federal law by deleting his tweets. In a letter addressed to White House counsel Donald McGahn, committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) expressed concern over the White House’s digital record-keeping practices.

The White House is scrutinizing job candidates’ old social media posts for criticism of Trump

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

As President Donald Trump continues to build out his administration, many of his officials are having trouble filling vacancies in their departments because of questions about the loyalty of the people they want to select — questions that include scrutiny of old social media posts.

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