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Federal Courts Considers FTC’s Data Protection Authority

EPIC – “A federal appeals court heard arguments today in FTC v. Wyndham, an important data privacy case. Wyndham Hotels, which revealed hundreds of thousands of customer records following a data breach, is challenging the FTC’s authority to enforce data security standards. In an amicus brief joined by legal scholars and technical experts, EPIC defended the FTC’s “critical role in safeguarding consumer privacy and promoting stronger security standards.” EPIC explained that the damage caused by data breaches – more than $500 million last year – makes data security one of the top concerns of American consumers. EPIC warned the court that “removing the FTC’s authority to regulate data security would be to bring dynamite to the dam.”

New Google Contacts: Bringing everyone together

Official Gmail Blog: “From email to Hangouts to a good ol’ fashioned phone call, you’ve got a lot of options to get in touch with someone. But keeping all those options organized for all your contacts…well, it can be a pain, especially when you need to find that information in a hurry! So today we’reContinue Reading

The Persistence of the OCR Problem in Digital Repository E-Books

Kichuk, Diana. Loose, Falling Characters and Sentences: The Persistence of the OCR Problem in Digital Repository E-Books. Portal: Libraries and the Academy 15, no. 1 (2015): 59–91. doi:10.1353/pla.2015.0005. “The electronic conversion of scanned image files to readable text using optical character recognition (OCR) software and the subsequent migration of raw OCR text to e-book textContinue Reading

Kapersky Lab Reveals Detailed View of Most Advanced Hacking Operation Known

Via ars technica: “… In an exhaustive report published Monday at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit here, researchers stopped short of saying Equation Group was the handiwork of the NSA—but they provided detailed evidence that strongly implicates the US spy agency. First is the group’s known aptitude for conducting interdictions, such as installing covert implantContinue Reading

Knowledge-Based Trust: Estimating the Trustworthiness of Web Sources

“The quality of web sources has been traditionally evaluated using exogenous signals such as the hyperlink structure of the graph. We propose a new approach that relies on endogenous signals, namely, the correctness of factual information provided by the source. A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy. The facts areContinue Reading

Identity Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaint Categories Again in 2014

News release: “Identity theft topped the Federal Trade Commission’s national ranking of consumer complaints for the 15th consecutive year, while the agency also recorded a large increase in the number of complaints about so-called “imposter” scams, according to the FTC’s 2014 Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, which was released today. Imposter scams – in whichContinue Reading

Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations from a Series of National Case Studies

Gasser, Urs and Schulz, Wolfgang, Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations from a Series of National Case Studies (February 18, 2015). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2015-5. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2566364 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2566364 “Online intermediaries in various forms – including search engines, social media, or app platforms – play a constitutive role in today’sContinue Reading

Get away with Google Flights

Google Official Blog: “While winds howl, frost bites and snow falls, people dream of getting away from it all. Every year around this time, we see an uptick in searches for spring and summer travel from people who have had it up to here with winter. And in the middle of one of the coldest,Continue Reading

ForeSee E-Government Satisfaction Index (Q4 2014)

GCN.com: “Thirty-one percent of federal government sites provide an excellent government experience for citizens, according to the ForeSee E-Government Satisfaction Index. ForeSee, a customer experience analytics provider, gathered 220,000 survey responses across 100 federal government websites, as well as mobile sites and applications. The index, which quarterly measures citizen satisfaction with e-government, is now inContinue Reading

No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities

New on LLRX – No Paperwhite read-aloud for you! FCC again lets Amazon and friends diss people with disabilities.   David Rothman continues his reporting on the status of Text to Speech applications that have yet to be added to E-Ink readers due to the FCC’s extension of vendor exemptions from complying with a key benefitContinue Reading

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014–2019

Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2014–2019: From the Summary – “Global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014. Global mobile data traffic reached 2.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2014, up from 1.5 exabytes per month at the end of 2013.Last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 30Continue Reading

Denmark’s largest digital archive launched

The Copenhagen Post – “Denmark’s largest digital photo album with nearly two million images…open[ed] to the general public [February 20, 2015]. Danes will have access to the online database at Arkiv.dk, which includes 1,841,254  documents such as photos, diaries, letters, and sound and video recordings. Since the late 1980s, all items from the country’s moreContinue Reading