Accurate, Focused Research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery Since 2002

Category Archives: Internet

Reddit Now Sharing Notices with Chilling Effects

Chilling Effects Team on May 13, 2015 [Chilling Effects is a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.] “We at Chilling Effects are thrilled to share Reddit’s announcement that the site has begun sharing takedown notices with us! Following on the heels of the release of its first transparency report earlier this year,Continue Reading

Wolfram Language Artificial Intelligence: The Image Identification Project

Stephen Wolfram Blog: “What is this a picture of?” Humans can usually answer such questions instantly, but in the past it’s always seemed out of reach for computers to do this. For nearly 40 years I’ve been sure computers would eventually get there—but I’ve wondered when. I’ve built systems that give computers all sorts ofContinue Reading

Wham, Bam, Thank You Spam! Don’t Click on the Link!

Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation  – Posted by Paul A. Ferrillo, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, May 17, 2015. “It seems that just like in old times (in cyberspace that means last year) the existence of “snake-oil” salesmen on the Internet is getting worse, not better. Rather than selling somethingContinue Reading

New on LLRX – IBM’s Watson is Now Data Mining TED Talks to Extract New Forms of Knowledge

Via LLRX.com – IBM’s Watson is Now Data Mining TED Talks to Extract New Forms of Knowledge – Alan Rothman’s commentary offers actionable information about a new technology from IBM called Watson that is a powerful tool for researchers whose work engages data mining, knowledge management and competitive intelligence. Rothman attended a recent presentation thatContinue Reading

UK government rewrites law to permit GCHQ hacking

Privacy International – May 15, 2015: The Government has quietly ushered through legislation amending the anti-hacking laws to exempt GCHQ from prosecution. Privacy International and other parties were notified of this just hours prior to a hearing of their claim against GCHQ’s illegal hacking operations in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. In its legal filings, sentContinue Reading

DBpedia Wikidata

“DBpedia is one of the first and most prominent nodes of the Linked Open Data cloud. It provides structured data for more than 100 Wikipedia language editions as well as Wikimedia Commons, has a mature ontology and a stable and thorough Linked Data publishing lifecycle. Wikidata, on the other hand, has recently emerged as aContinue Reading

Guardian – How we sold our souls – and more – to the internet giants

Bruce Schneier – Adapted from Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier, published by Norton Book  – Last year, when my refrigerator broke, the repair man replaced the computer that controls it. I realised that I had been thinking about the refrigerator backwards: it’s not a refrigerator with a computer, it’s a computer that keeps foodContinue Reading

Mobile Carriers Will Refund Current and Former Customers

“Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers: You may be entitled to refunds for illegal charges “crammed” onto your bills over the past five years. Both companies have agreed to pay back customers for letting third-party vendors charge them for unauthorized services like premium SMS or text messaging.If you don’t know whether you were billed for theseContinue Reading

New GAO Reports: Broadband Performance, Financial Audit Congressional Award Foundation

Broadband Performance: Additional Actions Could Help FCC Evaluate Its Efforts to Inform Consumers, GAO-15-363: Published: Apr 17, 2015. Publicly Released: May 15, 2015: “FCC should take additional steps to evaluate its efforts to provide consumers with broadband performance information. This should include: (1) conducting or commissioning research on the effectiveness of its efforts and makingContinue Reading

10 Facts About the Internet’s Undersea Cables

“In describing the system of wires that comprises the Internet, Neal Stephenson once compared the earth to a computer motherboard. From telephone poles suspending bundles of cable to signs posted warning of buried fiber optic lines, we are surrounded by evidence that at a basic level, the Internet is really just a spaghetti-work of reallyContinue Reading

NARA proposed rules – how Executive Branch offices and agencies handle Controlled Unclassified Information

NARA issues proposed rules on how Executive Branch offices and agencies handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). “President Obama issued a memorandum on January 21, 2009 that articulated his plan to make government activity more open and accessible to ordinary citizens. In that memo, the president explains that a fundamental characteristic of democracy is transparency andContinue Reading

Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation

Meyer, Michelle N., Two Cheers for Corporate Experimentation: The A/B Illusion and the Virtues of Data-Driven Innovation (May 11, 2015). 13 Colo. Tech. L.J. 273 (2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2605132 “Practitioners” — whether business managers, lawmakers, clinicians, or other actors — are constantly innovating, in the broad sense of introducing new products, services,Continue Reading