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Innovations from Office of Creative Research, NY data lab

Via Poynter: ” The Office for Creative Research, a New York-based research group…often creates data visualizations, public space performances and prototypes to help people understand information. In recent months, they’ve created a visualization about Einstein’s theory of general relativity for Scientific American, made a Chrome extension that helps people make sense of ad targeting and… Continue Reading

Information Security: Agencies Need to Improve Controls over Selected High-Impact Systems

Information Security: Agencies Need to Improve Controls over Selected High-Impact Systems, GAO-16-501: Published: May 18, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 2016. “In GAO’s survey of 24 federal agencies, the 18 agencies having high-impact systems identified cyber attacks from “nations” as the most serious and most frequently-occurring threat to the security of their systems. These agencies… Continue Reading

The Network Neutrality Battles that Will Follow Reclassification

Peha, Jon M., The Network Neutrality Battles that Will Follow Reclassification (March 2015). I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society, Forthcoming. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2797522 “In 2015, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a new set of network neutrality rules for the Internet. In the process, the FCC… Continue Reading

Searching for symptom related answers on Google

Google Official Blog: “So starting in the coming days, when you ask Google about symptoms like “headache on one side,” we’ll show you a list of related conditions (“headache,” “migraine,” “tension headache,” “cluster headache,” “sinusitis,” and “common cold”). For individual symptoms like “headache,” we’ll also give you an overview description along with information on self-treatment… Continue Reading

Paper – Social Clicks: What and Who Gets Read on Twitter?

Maksym Gabielkov, Arthi Ramachandran, Augustin Chaintreau, Arnaud Legout. Social Clicks: What and Who Gets Read on Twitter?. ACM SIGMETRICS / IFIP Performance 2016, Jun 2016, Antibes Juan-les-Pins, France. 2016. https://hal.inria.fr/hal-01281190 Submitted on 13 Apr 2016. “Online news domains increasingly rely on social media to drive traffic to their websites. Yet we know surprisingly little about… Continue Reading

What Learning Systems do Intelligent Agents Need? Complementary Learning Systems Theory Updated

What Learning Systems do Intelligent Agents Need? Complementary Learning Systems Theory Updated. Kumaran, Dharshan et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences , Volume 20 , Issue 7 , 512 – 534 “We update complementary learning systems (CLS) theory, which holds that intelligent agents must possess two learning systems, instantiated in mammalians in neocortex and hippocampus. The… Continue Reading

Americans and the new digital economy: 8 key findings

“Digital technology has ushered in a slew of new shared, collaborative and on-demand online services ranging from virtual marketplaces to home sharing. These services have potentially far-reaching implications for consumers and regulators and for the future of work in this country. To examine the scope and impact of these new services, Pew Research Center conducted… Continue Reading

Facebook litigating $15B user internet track case

Facebook Accused Of Tracking Users’ Internet Activity By Consuella Pachico – Jun 18, 2016 – “Facebook is facing multidistrict litigation over allegations that the social media site tracked users’ internet activity after they logged off. Facebook is insisting that users cannot sue because they were not harmed by the site’s tracking activities. In response to users’… Continue Reading

The National Archives of the US Coloring Book of Patents 2016

“The National Archives of the US Coloring Book of Patents 2016 We’ve chosen some of our favorite patents from our holdings for you to color. We’d love to see how you color them in—share them with us on Twitter by using the hashtag #ColorOurCollections and tagging @usnatarchives. These patents came from the Records of the… Continue Reading

IRS opens up Form 990 data in XML via Amazon Web Services

IRS Unleashes Flood of Searchable Charity Data, By Peter Olsen-Phillips – “The Internal Revenue Service opened a gusher of information on nonprofits Wednesday by making electronically filed Form 990s available in bulk and in a machine-friendly format. The material will be available through the Public Data Sets area of Amazon Web Services. It will also… Continue Reading

Pew – State of the News Media 2016

FOR RELEASE JUNE 15, 2016 – State of the News Media 2016: “Eight years after the Great Recession sent the U.S. newspaper industry into a tailspin, the pressures facing America’s newsrooms have intensified to nothing less than a reorganization of the industry itself, one that impacts the experiences of even those news consumers unaware of… Continue Reading

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2016

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism – “This is our fifth annual report that explores the changing environment around news across countries. The report is based on a survey of more than 50,000 people in 26 countries, which makes it the largest ongoing comparative study of news consumption in the world and twice as… Continue Reading