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Measuring the Digital Economy – OECD

Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation: “The growing role of the digital economy in daily life has heightened demand for new data and measurement tools. Internationally comparable and timely statistics combined with robust cross-country analyses are crucial to strengthen the evidence base for digital economy policy making, particularly in a context of rapid change. This report presents indicators traditionally used to monitor the information society and complements them with experimental indicators that provide insight into areas of policy interest. The key objectives of this publication are to highlight measurement gaps and propose actions to advance the measurement agenda.”

Google Plans to Rollout Kids Versions of Search, YouTube

USA Today – “With Google processing 40,000 search queries a second — or 1.2 trillion a year — it’s a safe bet that many of those doing the Googling are kids. Little surprise then that beginning next year the tech giant plans to create specific versions of its most popular products for those 12 and younger.Continue Reading

Taxation of Internet Sales and Access: Legal Issues

CRS – Taxation of Internet Sales and Access: Legal Issues. Erika K. Lunder, Legislative Attorney. December 1, 2014. “In recent years, there has been significant congressional interest in the states’ ability to impose sales and use taxes on sales made over the Internet. While these taxes are imposed on the consumer, states generally prefer that retailers collect and remit them, ratherContinue Reading

FCC Should Track the Application of Fixed Internet Usage-Based Pricing and Help Improve Consumer Education

BROADBAND INTERNET: FCC Should Track the Application of Fixed Internet Usage-Based Pricing and Help Improve Consumer Education, GAO-15-108: Published: Nov 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 2014. “Based on an analysis of consumer data plans of the top 13 fixed—in home—and 4 mobile Internet providers, GAO found that mobile providers employ usage-based pricing (UBP) more commonly thanContinue Reading

Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013

“For many Americans, access to computers and high-speed Internet connections has never been more important. We use computers and the Internet to complete schoolwork, locate jobs, watch movies, access healthcare information, and find relationships, to name but a few of the ways that we have grown to rely on digital technologies. Just as our Internet activities have increased, so too haveContinue Reading

WaPo – Is Uber’s rider database a sitting duck for hackers?

Craig Timberg – Washington Post: “Before #Ubergate recedes entirely from the news, let’s pause on one aspect of the story that hasn’t gotten much attention so far: the cybersecurity risk of collecting massive troves of private travel information in online databases. Imagine for a second that your job is to gather intelligence on government officials in Washington, or financiersContinue Reading

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

“Symantec has established the most comprehensive source of Internet threat data in the world through the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network, which is made up of more than 41.5 million attack sensors and records thousands of events per second. This network monitors threat activity in over 157 countries and territories through a combination of Symantec products and services such as Symantec DeepSight™ Threat Management System,Continue Reading

The Miner’s Dilemma – Paper

The Miner’s Dilemma – Ittay Eya, November 26, 2014 “An open distributed system can be secured by requiring participants to present proof of work and rewarding them for participation. The Bitcoin digital currency introduced this mechanism, which is adopted by almost all contemporary digital currencies and related services.  A natural process leads participants of such systemsContinue Reading

Lessons From Fair Lending Law For Fair Marketing and Big Data

Lessons From Fair Lending Law For Fair Marketing and Big Data. Peter Swire, Nancy J. & Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics, Georgia Institute of Technology. Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum. September 11, 2014. “This White Paper is submitted in connection with Peter Swire’s participation at the Federal Trade Commission’s September 15, 2014 event onContinue Reading

What Americans Think About Privacy

Pew Data Visualization and report – “The majority of Americans feel their privacy is being challenged in some fundamental ways, our new report finds. Select one of the nine profiles below to see the variety of perspectives our focus group respondents shared about privacy. Their answers are real, but they have been assigned a pseudonym.”

Major Pay-TV providers continue to see change in subscriber numbers

November 14, 2014 news release – “Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that the thirteen largest pay-TV providers in the US — representing about 95% of the market — lost about 150,000 net video subscribers in 3Q 2014, compared to a loss of about 25,000 video subscribers in 3Q 2013, and more net losses thanContinue Reading

Arrested – Mastermind of Silk Road Drug Sales Dark Web

ELIAS GROLL – Foreign Policy: “According to the criminal complaint filed in a New York federal court detailing charges against him, Benthall was easily identified once federal authorities discovered a server used to run Silk Road 2.0. His email address gave away his name and was listed on several publicly available social media profiles, including his accountContinue Reading