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FCC Unveils Consumer Broadband Labels to Provide Greater Transparency to Consumers

“With this Public Notice, the Consumer and Governmental Affairs, Wireline Competition, and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus (Bureaus) approve, with modifications, the consumer broadband labels proposed by the Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC proposed the labels pursuant to the 2015 Open Internet Order and, as required by the Commission, the labels will operate as a… Continue Reading

Consumer Protection in E-commerce OECD Recommendation

“E-commerce has evolved dramatically since 1999, when the OECD Council adopted the first international instrument for Consumer Protection in the Context of Electronic Commerce (“1999 Recommendation”). On 24 March 2016, the OECD Council revised this instrument and the Recommendation of the Council on Consumer Protection in E-commerce (“the revised Recommendation”) now addresses new and emerging… Continue Reading

Local Consumer Review Survey 2014

BrightLocal Local Consumer Review Survey 2014. “This survey is an annual exploration into how consumers read & use online reviews. It seeks to quantify the value that users place on the reviews they read & how this impacts their opinions & actions when seeking a local business to use. The survey is specifically concerned with the reviews & purchase… Continue Reading

NYT – Ethereum, a Virtual Currency, Enables Transactions That Rival Bitcoin’s

New York Times: “A new virtual gold rush is underway. Even as Bitcoin, riven by internal divisions, has struggled, a rival virtual currency — known as Ethereum — has soared in value, climbing 1,000 percent over the last three months. Beyond the price spike, Ethereum is also attracting attention from giants in finance and technology,… Continue Reading

NYT – Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence and Tech’s Future

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech’s Future By John Markoff and Steve Lohr – “Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft are using high salaries and games pitting humans against computers to try to claim the standard on which all companies will build their A.I. technology.” Continue Reading

Wellcome Trust Open Access Publishing Data

Follow up to previous posting – Controversy over free journal access database keeps Sci-Hub in legal and research spotlight – see Wellcome Trust and COAF Open Access Spend, 2014-15: “…Once a year we ask all those institutions in receipt of an open access (OA) grant from the Trust to provide details on how the grant… Continue Reading

Report – Millennials’ Media Habits Are Different and Distinct

Nielsen – “The difference between an 18-year-old and a 34-year-old is often like night and day. From where they live to what they wear to how much discretionary income they take home, a vast array of differences exist within what is often portrayed as a monolithic group of consumers. Likewise, according to Nielsen’s Q4 2015… Continue Reading

Controversy over free journal access database keeps Sci-Hub in legal and research spotlight

Follow up on previous posting – Database of 48 million pirated research papers is focus of litigious revolt against paywalls – see Sci-Hub: research piracy and the public good – The release of millions of journal papers online reflects impatience with an outdated publishing model, says John Willinsky: “The old economy is the impetus behind… Continue Reading

Assessing the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Assessments

Hoofnagle, Chris Jay, Assessing the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Assessments (2016). Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Assessing the Federal Trade Commission’s Privacy Assessments, 14(2) IEEE Security & Privacy 58–64 (Mar/Apr. 2016). Available for download at SSRN: “Consumer protection regulators worldwide share basic problems: the companies that regulators police are so powerful and rich that fines do… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – The Mediachain Project: Developing a Global Creative Rights Database Using Blockchain Technology

Via – The Mediachain Project: Developing a Global Creative Rights Database Using Blockchain Technology – Alan Rothman’s article focuses on a creative, innovative effort to deploy the blockchain as a form of global registry of creative works ownership – specifically a global rights database for images. The co-founders of a new metadata protocol they… Continue Reading

“The Secrets of Surveillance Capitalism”

von Shoshana Zuboff, March 3, 2016: “Governmental control is nothing compared to what Google is up to. The company is creating a wholly new genus of capitalism, a systemic coherent new logic of accumulation we should call surveillance capitalism. Is there nothing we can do?…Google is ground zero for a wholly new subspecies of capitalism… Continue Reading

FCC Broadband Consumer Privacy Proposal Fact Sheet

March 10, 2016: “Chairman Wheeler’s Proposal to Give Broadband Consumers Increased Choice, Transparency & Security With Respect to Their Data – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated for consideration by the full Commission a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to ensure consumers have the tools they need to make informed choices about how and whether… Continue Reading