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EFF Fighting NSL Gag Orders With Help From CREDO and Internet Archive

News release: “…EFF has been litigating the constitutionality of NSLs on behalf of unnamed clients in a total of three related court cases beginning in 2011. This week, telecom provider CREDO confirmed that it was the company involved in one of these long-running cases, and published the letters it received three years ago. CREDO, represented… Continue Reading

SearchEngineLand reports on how Google is tackling fake news

Ian Bowden reports: “Following the US election and Brexit, increased focus is being placed on how social networks and search engines can avoid showing “fake news” to users. However, this is a battle that search engines cannot — and more fundamentally, should not — fight alone. With search engines providing a key way people consume information,… Continue Reading

Commentary – Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV

MIT Technology Review – Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV We need more text and fewer videos and memes in the age of Trump. November 29, 2016. “…The problem with today’s Internet, driven less by text and hypertext (hyperlink-enriched text), is that it not only shares many of TV’s ills… Continue Reading

Internet Archive requests donations for a backup to be housed in Canada

This posting today by the Internet Archive’s Brewster Kahle – Help Us Keep the Archive Free, Accessible, and Private, is significant for all of us who use this resource, be it as as educators, librarians, attorneys, advocates for civil liberties, students, or as citizens or residents of the United States.  Brewster states: “We are building… Continue Reading

GPO releases digital version of bound Congressional Record 1981-1990

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress (LC) to release the digital version of the bound Congressional Record from 1981-1990 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 98th thru the 101st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: Ronald Reagan’s Presidency and the… Continue Reading

Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration

“The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records. The first batch of records will include 5,000 items from three major… Continue Reading

Wiley Becomes First Major Publisher to Require ORCID IDs for Submitting Authors

News release: “Hoboken, NJ– November 28, 2016—John Wiley & Sons Inc.  announced today plans to require ORCID iDs as part of the manuscript submission process for a large number of journals. Beginning in winter 2016, more than 500 Wiley journals using ScholarOne Manuscripts will require the submitting author (only) to provide an ORCID identifier (iD)… Continue Reading

Poynter – Facebook at critical intersection of public and fake news

Alexios Mantzarlis- Poynter Fact Checking: “Facebook is an important source of traffic for virtually all news outlets in the United States. New data, however, indicates that the social network is a far more important channel for some of the largest hyperpartisan and fake news sites in the country. Analytics company Jumpshot tracked Facebook referrals to… Continue Reading

Report – IBM and Ponemon Study Reveals Organizations Remain Unprepared to Respond to Cyberattacks

PRNewswire – “Resilient, an IBM Company and the Ponemon Institute unveiled the results of the annual Cyber Resilient Organization study, which found that only 32 percent of IT and security professionals say their organization has a high level of Cyber Resilience – down slightly from 35 percent in 2015. The 2016 study also found that… Continue Reading

Curation, Evaluation, and Open Access for Teaching

“..It’s important for students to understand why good research can be useful. It’s not because peer reviewed research is better than any other kind of research, or that articles dressed a certain way are more true than articles that aren’t, but that academic research is driven by values that matter. Researchers ask genuine questions without… Continue Reading

WaPo – Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say – Craig Timberg –  “Researchers found that Russians used sophisticated tools to boost Donald Trump and target Hillary Clinton, and exploited various platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment. The techniques may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down… Continue Reading

UK bill opens government sweeping access to citizen browsing history

Belfast Telegraph – “The Investigatory Powers Bill…forces internet providers to keep a full list of Internet Connection Records (ICRs) for a year, and make them available to the government if it asks….Those include expected law enforcement organisations like the police, the military and the secret service – but also contain bodies like the Food Standards… Continue Reading