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Commentary – Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers

Via Bloomberg: “For residents of minority urban neighborhoods, access to Amazon.com’s vast array of products—from Dawn dish soap and Huggies diapers to Samsung flatscreen TVs—can be a godsend. Unlike whiter ZIP codes, these parts of town often lack well-stocked stores and quality supermarkets. White areas get organic grocers and designer boutiques. Black ones get minimartsContinue Reading

Let’s Encrypt Reaches 2,000,000 Certificates

EFF: “The Let’s Encrypt certificate authority issued its two millionth certificate on Thursday, less than two months after the millionth certificate. As we noted when the millionth certificate was issued, each certificate can cover several web sites, so the certificates Let’s Encrypt has issued are already protecting millions and millions of sites. This rapid adoptionContinue Reading

TIME 100 list – “The 100 most influential people in the world”

The Most Influential People in the World – 2016.

Explore our National Parks in Google Maps

Google Street View: “US National Parks and Historic Sites – Dive in and explore the beauty of our National Parks up close in Street View, just in time for National Park Week.”

WiredWest: a Cooperative of Municipalities Forms to Build a Fiber Optic Network

Western Massachusetts Towns Create a New Model for Last-Mile Connectivity, but a State Agency Delays Approval and Funding – A case study by David Talbot, Waide Warner, and Susan Crawford – “WiredWest is a legal cooperative of 31 western Massachusetts towns that has put forward a detailed proposal to provide “last-mile” high-speed Internet access connections toContinue Reading

Economist and Time Websites blocked in China

New York Times: “The Economist and Time have joined the list of foreign news websites currently blocked in mainland China. The sites appear to have been censored as a result of recently published cover articles in the magazines critical of the growing power of China’s president, Xi Jinping. According to GreatFire.org, a website that tracksContinue Reading

Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in Changing Telecommunications Landscape

Via FAS – CRS report – The Federal Communications Commission: Current Structure and Its Role in the Changing Telecommunications Landscape, Patricia Moloney Figliola, Specialist in Internet and Telecommunications Policy. April 15, 2016. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent federal agency with its five members appointed by the President, subject to confirmation by theContinue Reading

IG Review of NASA’s Information Security Program

Final Memorandum, Review of NASA’s Information Security Program (IG-16-016; A-15-005-01), April 14, 2016. “As part of our annual review of NASA’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) for fiscal year 2015, we reviewed a representative sample of 29 information systems from NASA Centers, Headquarters, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)Continue Reading

RightsStatements.org – 11 standardized rights statements for online cultural heritage

“RightsStatements.org is a joint initiative of Europeana and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America, and many other libraries, archives and other cultural heritage institutions believe that everyone should be able to engage with their cultural heritage online. We can help achieve this by providing cultural heritage institutionsContinue Reading

Poynter – Winners of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes

Poynter Institute: “The recipients of the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. We’ve collected the winners below, along with reactions from newsrooms across the country.” Please note – via Margot Williams, The Intercept – “Congratulations to all the researchers who have contributed so much to winning and finalist stories! I am so proud of you.Continue Reading

Google Books case ends as Supreme Court will not intervene

WSJ.com: “The Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in a case examining whether Alphabet Inc.’s Google engaged in copyright infringement when it scanned millions of books and made them searchable online, a final blow to authors who sued the company. The justices, in a brief written order, said they won’t take up an appeal by theContinue Reading

Six of the Government’s Best Mobile Apps

“There’s an app for everything in this digital age, including hundreds developed by the federal government. Here are six apps that we found especially useful. Smart Traveler – Planning a trip out of the country this year? Smart Traveler by the State Department is great for all your trips abroad. Get the latest travel alertsContinue Reading