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Category Archives: E-Commerce

Google hardware and software monitoring millions of students in classrooms

Washington Post: “In public classrooms across the country, the corporate name that is fast becoming as common as pencils and erasers is Google. More than half of K-12 laptops or tablets purchased by U.S. schools in the third quarter were Chromebooks, cheap laptops that run Google software. Beyond its famed Web search, the company freelyContinue Reading

Majority of web traffic goes to these 10 sites

Today’s “Big 10” Domains via Mozcast Metrics

Amazon owns the e-commerce market and soon the delivery of products too?

Via ReCode – “Macquarie estimates that Amazon accounts for half of all sales growth in U.S. e-commerce, meaning online retailers not named Amazon are battling for around 50 cents of every new $1 spent online. As if that weren’t enough, Amazon also accounts for about a quarter of every new $1 of growth in allContinue Reading

Rand – National Security Implications of Virtual Currency

Joshua Baron, Angela O’Mahony, David Manheim, Cynthia Dion-Schwarz: “This report examines the feasibility for non-state actors, including terrorist and insurgent groups, to increase their political and/or economic power by deploying a virtual currency (VC) for use in regular economic transactions. A VC, such as Bitcoin, is a digital representation of value that can be transferred,Continue Reading

Despite predictions, print books are alive and well

Pleased to share this article via Quartz – Against all odds, print books are on the rise again in the US “For the last half decade, ever since digital books and e-readers first came on the scene, news headlines have been at war. “The physical book is dead,” some reports declared, while others vehemently arguedContinue Reading

Test Your Online Privacy Protection with EFF’s Panopticlick

“The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) launched new online tracker-testing in its Panopticlick tool today, helping you analyze the privacy protections in your Web browser. When you visit a website, online trackers and the site itself may be able to identify you, and the records of your online activity can then be distributed among a vastContinue Reading

EU General Data Protection Regulation

REGULATION (EU) No XXX/2016 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation) – December 2015. 204 pages – PDF – [snipped] “In order to ensure a consistent and high levelContinue Reading

Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment. Benjamin Edelman, Michael Luca, and Dan Svirsky. December 9, 2015 “Online marketplaces increasingly choose to reduce the anonymity of buyers and sellers in order to facilitate trust. We demonstrate that this common market design choice results in an important unintended consequence: racial discrimination. InContinue Reading

Washington Post – Cybersecurity – A Special Report

The ethics of Hacking 101 by Ellen Nakashima and Ashkan Soltani Lassoing the Internet’s Wild West by James Andrew Lewis What top government and business officials are saying about cybersecurity by Washington Post Live With mobile devices, many firms are playing Russian roulette with cybersecurity by Amrita Jayakumar Editor’s note: Cyber attackers have upper handContinue Reading

Brookings – Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas

Broadband adoption rates and gaps in U.S. metropolitan areas by Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane, December 7, 2015. “For many Americans, daily life orbits around a high-speed Internet connection. Workers and students go online to communicate and learn. Families stay in touch through live video feeds. Job seekers often need an electronic resume and anContinue Reading

Pew – Today’s Washington Press Corps More Digital, Specialized

D.C.-based newspaper staff focus on Congress, but wire services account for most of what readers see – December 3, 2015. “The story of who is covering federal government is a striking illustration of the shifting power dynamics within American journalism at large. Reporters for niche outlets, some of which offer highly specialized information services atContinue Reading

3.2B People Now Online Globally TechCrunch Reports

“The 2015 edition of the Measuring the Information Society Report was launched on 30 November, 2015, on the first day of the World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) 2015, in Hiroshima, Japan. Parallel launch events took place in Addis Ababa, Brasilia, Cairo, Geneva and Moscow. The Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICTContinue Reading