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Extensive botnet DDoS attacks take major sites offline

TechCrunch: “Several waves of major cyberattacks against an internet directory service knocked dozens of popular websites offline today, with outages continuing into the afternoon. Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Shopify, and other websites have been inaccessible to many users throughout the day. The outages are the result of several distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the DNS provider Dyn, the company confirmed. The outages were first reported on Hacker News.” Sites impacted included Twitter, Reddit, Spotify.

Crowdpac – How liberal or conservative is your Twitter handle?

“Crowdpac’s mission is to give politics back to people – to make it easier for citizens to learn about politicians, run for office, and to find and support political candidates that match their priorities and beliefs. We want to help end the stranglehold of big money donors and special interests on the political system. Crowdpac… Continue Reading

Paper – How Are Scientists Using Social Media in the Workplace?

Collins K, Shiffman D, Rock J (2016) How Are Scientists Using Social Media in the Workplace? PLoS ONE 11(10): e0162680. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0162680 “Social media has created networked communication channels that facilitate interactions and allow information to proliferate within professional academic communities as well as in informal social circumstances. A significant contemporary discussion in the field of… Continue Reading

beSpacific nominated as one of top Legal Tech Blogs – please vote

Dear Colleagues/Readers – beSpacific has been nominated in the The Expert Institute’s – Best Legal Tech Blogs category. I appreciate your taking a minute to vote for beSpacific – thank you very much. Continue Reading

ACLU confronts social media companies sharing data with law enforcement surveillance developer

“The ACLU of California has obtained records showing that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram provided user data access to Geofeedia, a developer of a social media monitoring product that we have seen marketed to law enforcement as a tool to monitor activists and protesters. We are pleased that after we reported our findings to the companies,… Continue Reading

Paper – After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter

After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter – Presented at the Data For Good Exchange 2016. “The mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school on December 14, 2012 catalyzed a year of active debate and legislation on gun control in the United States. Social media hosted an active public discussion where people expressed their… Continue Reading

GAO – How much does the federal government spend on PR

Public Relations Spending: Reported Data on Related Federal Activities, GAO-16-877R: Published: Sep 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 2016. “The rise of Facebook, Twitter, and other new platforms has changed the ways in which the federal government communicates with the public. But what is the total scope of federal public relations activities? We found that… Continue Reading

Library 2.0: The effectiveness of social media as a marketing tool for libraries in educational institutions

Library 2.0: The effectiveness of social media as a marketing tool for libraries in educational institutions. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Published online before print September 22, 2016, doi: 10.1177/0961000616668959 “In an attempt to market their services and connect with potential users, and particularly young people, many libraries are opening accounts on social media platforms.… Continue Reading

Twitter and UN Global Pulse Announce Data Partnership

News release, September 23, 2016: “Twitter and UN Global Pulse today announced a partnership that will provide the United Nations with access to Twitter’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by world leaders last year. Every day, people around the world send hundreds of millions of Tweets… Continue Reading

Paper – Understanding Twitter’s Evolving Accessibility to Blind Users

Via Microsoft Research -“With most of it being pictures now, I rarely use it”: Understanding Twitter’s Evolving Accessibility to Blind Users “Social media is an increasingly important part of modern life. We investigate the use of and usability of Twitter by blind users, via a combination of surveys of blind Twitter users, large-scale analysis of… Continue Reading

PolitiFact – Find out which politicians and pundits are telling the truth

Are you reading lots of tweets, blog postings, online news site articles and viewing social media with scads of photos, charts, videos – all of which have you wondering, are these statements True, or are they, well, Lies (all the while talking to yourself out loud with a growing sense of agitation, concern and an… Continue Reading

US Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities

Americans are more worried than enthusiastic about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood to change human capabilities – By Cary Funk, Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac “Cutting-edge biomedical technologies that could push the boundaries of human abilities may soon be available, making people’s minds sharper and their bodies stronger and healthier… Continue Reading