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Accenture – The World’s Love Affair with the TV May Be Coming to an End

News release: “The television’s popularity as the go-to entertainment device may be ending, according to “Digital Video and the Connected Consumer,” a new research report from Accenture. The television was the only product category to see uniform, double-digit usage declines across different types of media worldwide among viewers of nearly all ages. It is rapidly being replaced as consumers turn to a combination of laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones to view video content. The report, developed for communications, media and technology companies, found that video consumption – anytime, anywhere – has become mainstream, accelerating the decline of traditional TV viewing. Viewership for long form video content, such as movies and television on a TV screen, has declined by 13 percent globally over the past year and by 11 percent in the United States. Similarly, the report found sports viewership on TV screens declined by 10 percent globally and nine percent in the United States. Nearly all age brackets reported double-digit declines in TV viewing globally, with 14- to 17-year-olds abandoning the TV screen at the rate of 33 percent for movies and television shows and 26 percent for sporting events. This decline continues for 18- to 34-year-olds at 14 percent for movies and television shows and 12 percent for sporting events, and for 35- to 54-year-olds, at 11 and nine percent, respectively. It does, however, flatten among the 55 and older crowd, at six percent and one percent respectively.”

Guest Editorial: Social media metrics in scholarly communication

Guest Editorial: Social media metrics in scholarly communication, Stefanie Haustein, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Vincent Larivière (Submitted on 8 Apr 2015). “Social media metrics – commonly coined as “altmetrics” – have been heralded as great democratizers of science, providing broader and timelier indicators of impact than citations. These metrics come from a range of sources, includingContinue Reading

Shodan is the world’s first search engine for Internet-connected devices

“Explore the Internet of Things Use Shodan to discover which of your devices are connected to the Internet, where they are located and who is using them. See the Big Picture – Websites are just one part of the Internet. There are power plants, Smart TVs, refrigerators and much more that can be found withContinue Reading

Impact of Global Pollution Shared Through Social Media

David C. Roberts – Quartz – “Every year, outdoor air pollution kills more people worldwide than malaria and HIV combined. People in China, particularly in its largest cities, are some of the most affected, since the country’s rapid economic growth has come at the cost of air quality. This issue remained largely unaddressed until the USContinue Reading

A critical analysis of Facebook’s Revised Policies and Terms

From social media service to advertising network – A critical analysis of Facebook’s Revised Policies and Terms DRAFT 31 March 2015. The authors are part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT/Centre for Intellectual Property Rights(ICRI/CIR) of KU Leuven (www.icri.be), the department of Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT) of the Vrije UniversiteitContinue Reading

Social Media in the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions

CRS – Social Media in the House of Representatives: Frequently Asked Questions – Jacob R. Straus, Analyst on the Congress; Matthew E. Glassman, Analyst on the Congress. April 2, 2015. “Recently, the number of Member offices adopting social media as an official communications tool has increased. With the increased use of social media accounts forContinue Reading

Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

Pew – Amanda Lenhart: “24% of teens go online “almost constantly,” facilitated by the widespread availability of smartphones. Aided by the convenience and constant access provided by mobile devices, especially smartphones, 92% of teens report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly according to a new study from PewContinue Reading

For young readers – print and digital coexist

Young readers prefer printed books – By Cory Doctorow “A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens. More than that, though, they find ebooks and printed books complementary. Printed books are good for protractedContinue Reading

EPIC Files Comments with FTC on Merger Review and Consumer Privacy

“EPIC, along with 26 technical experts and legal scholars, has submitted extensive comments for the FTC’s review of the merger remedy process. EPIC urged the Commission to consider the privacy risks to consumers that result from the merger of big data firms. The comments detailed EPIC’s efforts, over 15 years, to warn the FTC aboutContinue Reading

Who Retweets Whom? How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter

Michael L. Barthel, Ruth Moon, and William Mari. (March 5, 2015). Who Retweets Whom? How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter. Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Tow/Knight Report 030520151. 21 pp. New York, New York. “The digital environment would seem to offer exciting new opportunities for both competition and collaboration. Twitter, in particular, hasContinue Reading

Consumer Goods Industry Commits to New Guidelines on Consumer Engagement and Data Privacy

“In order to help build trust with consumers and shape the way companies, retailers and manufacturers use consumer information that is collected digitally, The Consumer Goods Forum today announced that its Board of Directors has agreed on a new set of ‘Consumer Engagement Principles’ (the “Principles”). The industry-wide Principles will act as a framework forContinue Reading

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community – 2015

Statement for the Record Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, Senate Armed Services Committee, James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence February 26, 2015. Cyber Strategic Assessment – “Cyber threats to US national and economic security are increasing in frequency, scale, sophistication, and severity of impact. The ranges of cyber threat actors, methodsContinue Reading