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Democrats more likely than Republicans to say online harassment is a major problem

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

Some 14% of US adults say they have been targeted for online harassment or abuse because of their political views, according to a new report from Pew Research Center. And while Republicans and Democrats are about equally likely to have been harassed online because of their political views (15% vs. 13%), there are some notable partisan differences in their views of the issue.

GAO Report: FirstNet Has Made Progress Establishing the Network, but Should Address Stakeholder Concerns and Workforce Planning

Location:
Government Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

The US Government Accountability Office was asked to review FirstNet’s progress and efforts to ensure the network is reliable, secure, and interoperable. GAO (1) examined FirstNet’s efforts to establish the network; (2) obtained stakeholder views on network reliability, security, and interoperability challenges FirstNet faces and its efforts to address them; and (3) assessed FirstNet’s plans to oversee its network contractor.

GAO Report: Telehealth: Use in Medicare and Medicaid

Location:
Government Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

Do Medicare and Medicaid pay when beneficiaries use two-way video visits to get care from their doctors? It depends. Medicare pays for some two-way video visits—referred to as "telehealth"—if the patients connect from rural health facilities.

Voters trust media more than President Trump: poll

Location:
USA, United States

A majority of American voters trusts major media outlets more than President Trump, according to a new survey from a left-leaning polling firm. Fifty-four percent of Americans told Public Policy Polling they trust CNN more than Trump, while 39 percent said they trust the president more than the cable news network.

Net neutrality: What the economics says

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

Recently a small group of economists (I was one) summarized the economic research on network neutrality and Title II...

Spreading fake news becomes standard practice for governments across the world

Location:
Oxford University, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD, United Kingdom

Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with information ministries, specialized military units and political operatives shaping the flow of information in dozens of countries, said researchers from Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Research Project.

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The People Speak

The people’s verdict is in. A slew of recent polls make clear that most Americans, nearly 80%, support keeping the network neutrality rules that are the foundation of an open internet. These are the rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015, under the leadership of then-chairman Tom Wheeler, that keep the big Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon from determining your internet experience, because they’d rather do that themselves than let you do it. Net neutrality rules prohibit blocking or throttling content. And they keep ISPs from favoring their affiliates, corporate friends, and those who can afford sky-high broadband prices with fast lanes on the net, while the rest of us are told to travel in the slow lane.

Poll: 75 Percent of Trump supporters back net neutrality

Location:
USA, United States

In a national poll of 1,500 voters, 70 percent of respondents — including Democrats, Republicans and Trump supporters — think the internet has improved while network neutrality rules have been in place.

Spatial Computing and the Potential of Innovation and Inclusion

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

There’s an emerging technology that promises to make computing radically more accessible—even obvious and intuitive—and it’s being applied right now to some of our nation’s biggest challenges.

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Information Laundering, Economists and Ajit Pai’s Race to Roll-Back the Obama-era FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

The now-raging battle over the fate of landmark network neutrality rules adopted by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission just two years ago is, at the same time, a war of ideas. On the front lines is a subterranean network of think tanks and hired-gun economists, lawyers, and others mobilizing their credentials to justify FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s sprint to reverse not just the net neutrality rules, but also a raft of measures on concentration in the broadband, mobile wireless, cable TV and broadcasting markets, broadband privacy and pricing, and on and on. If the rollback is successful, Pai’s FCC will deliver a regulatory agenda beyond the biggest telecom-ISP and media companies’ wildest dreams. Each step of the way, industry-friendly think tanks and front groups have commissioned academics to flood the ‘marketplace of ideas’ with corroborating ideas and ‘white papers,’ often without disclosure. What they’re paying for is the veneer of academic legitimacy.

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Information Laundering, Economists and Ajit Pai’s Race to Roll-Back the Obama-era FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

The now-raging battle over the fate of landmark network neutrality rules adopted by the Obama-era Federal Communications Commission just two years ago is, at the same time, a war of ideas. On the front lines is a subterranean network of think tanks and hired-gun economists, lawyers, and others mobilizing their credentials to justify FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s sprint to reverse not just the net neutrality rules, but also a raft of measures on concentration in the broadband, mobile wireless, cable TV and broadcasting markets, broadband privacy and pricing, and on and on. If the rollback is successful, Pai’s FCC will deliver a regulatory agenda beyond the biggest telecom-ISP and media companies’ wildest dreams. Each step of the way, industry-friendly think tanks and front groups have commissioned academics to flood the ‘marketplace of ideas’ with corroborating ideas and ‘white papers,’ often without disclosure. What they’re paying for is the veneer of academic legitimacy.

Fake news might be harder to spot than most people believe

Location:
University of British Columbia, 2329 West Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Fake news has been dominating real news since 2016’s US presidential election. Its effect has been debated and politicized, and in the process, the term itself has lost its original meaning and become something of a partisan insult. But an underlying question still needs answering: Can people distinguish legitimate sources of information from fake ones?

Online Harassment 2017

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

A new, nationally representative Pew Research Center survey of 4,248 US adults finds that 41% of Americans have been personally subjected to harassing behavior online, and an even larger share (66%) has witnessed these behaviors directed at others.

Sharp Partisan Divisions in Views of National Institutions

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

Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments of the impact of several of the nation’s leading institutions – including the news media, colleges and universities and churches and religious organizations – and in some cases, the gap in these views is significantly wider today than it was just a year ago.

Australian internet slow and plagued by disconnections, survey finds

Location:
Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Australia is plagued by internet disconnections, drop-outs and slow download speeds, a survey has found.

The Post-Internet Order Broadband — Lessons from the Pre-Open Internet Order Experience. Net Neutrality Special Issue Blog # 4

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

This post is the fourth in a series featuring the contents of a recent special issue of the Review of Industrial Organization, organized by the Technology Policy Institute and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition.

GAO: Some progress on Lifeline reform, but much still to do

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

The Government Accountability Office issued a blistering report on the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to assist low-income families.

The US government is removing scientific data from the Internet

Location:
University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA, 95064, United States

A Q &A with UC Santa Cruz sociology professor Lindsey Dillon.

5G networks: Will technology and policy collide?

Location:
USA, United States

Despite being still under development, it is envisaged that 5G networks will provide a ‘fibre-like’ experience to mobile users. As such, they are expected to accommodate services with very different requirements in terms of latency, bandwidth and reliability, among others, for the vertical sectors. However, the European Union has just approved the Telecommunications Single Market Regulation, which enshrines the network neutrality principle and guarantees that ‘all traffic through the Internet is treated equally’.

Mechanisms to incentivise shared-use of spectrum

Location:
USA, United States

A key concern with the Licensed-shared access (LSA) approach currently being developed by European regulators is that leaving incumbents and secondary users to agree to bilateral arrangements may be insufficient to incentivise an optimal level of sharing.

New report swings and misses on communities and next generation broadband

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

‘let them eat DSL’—does not deserve serious attention from cities.

Additional Action Needed to Address Significant Risks in FCC’s Lifeline Program

Location:
Government Accountability Office, 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

The Federal Communications Commission has not evaluated the Lifeline program’s performance in meeting its goals of increasing telephone and broadband subscribership among low-income households, but has recently taken steps to do so.

Fewer think news media is biased, survey finds

Location:
Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

More than half of Americans think the US media reports news with a bias. The good news? The press gets a better grade today than in recent years, according to a new survey.

10 Facts About Smartphones as the iPhone Turns 10

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

10 findings about smartphones:

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017: Age Distinctions Just Part of News Evolution

Location:
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 13 Norham Gardens Department of Politics and International Relations University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

The "Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2017" confirms that the screens-of-preference for younger audiences are mobile and dynamic. But identifying the platform does not necessarily tell you the source of the news.

California’s digital divide closing but new ‘under-connected’ class emerges

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, United States

California faces a growing class of “under-connected” households that rely only on smartphones for online access, a trend that may worsen the state’s economic inequality, according to a report released by UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies.

Nearly 25 Percent of City-Dwelling Americans Are Not Connect to Broadband Internet

Location:
IHS, 321 Inverness Drive South, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States

Nearly a quarter of the city-dwelling population in the US isn’t connected to broadband internet, according to a recent IHS Markit and Wireless Broadband Alliance study charted for us by Statista.

Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries

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

Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation. A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months.

Poll Shows Broad, Bipartisan Support for Net Neutrality Rules

Location:
USA, United States

Sixty-percent of respondents in a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll said they support rules that say internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon “cannot block, throttle or prioritize certain content on the internet.”

Majority of Democrats and Republicans say media has partisan agendas

Location:
USA, United States

Seventy percent of the general public agrees that news organizations "are subject to partisan agendas," with 85 percent of Republicans believing the news media is influenced by funding, according to a YouGov poll.

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