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Category Archives: Social Media

The Independent – full list of 98 different datapoints that Facebook stores about people

Facebook reveals every creepy bit of information that it stores on its users. There are 98 different things – including some of the most personal information there can be about a person…”

Pew – Social Media Conversations About Race

How social media users see, share and discuss race and the rise of hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter – “How social media users see, share and discuss race and the rise of hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter – “Americans are increasingly turning to social media for news and political information and to encourage others to get involved with a… Continue Reading

Friending the Privacy Regulators

McGeveran, William, Friending the Privacy Regulators (August 5, 2016). 58 Arizona Law Review, Forthcoming; Minnesota Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-26. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2820683 “According to conventional wisdom, data privacy regulators in the European Union are unreasonably demanding, while their American counterparts are laughably lax. Many observers further assume that any privacy… Continue Reading

New Google Chrome 55 will boost use of HTML5 over Adobe Flash

Flash and Chrome – August 9, 2016. “Adobe Flash Player played a pivotal role in the adoption of video, gaming and animation on the Web. Today, sites typically use technologies like HTML5, giving you improved security, reduced power consumption and faster page load times. Going forward, Chrome will de-emphasize Flash in favor of HTML5. Here’s… Continue Reading

Washington Post experiments with automated storytelling for 2016 Rio Olympics coverage

“The Washington Post will leverage artificial intelligence technology to report key information from the 2016 Rio Olympics, including results of medal events. “Heliograf,” which was developed in-house, automatically generates short multi-sentence updates for readers. These updates will appear in The Post’s live blog, on Twitter at @WPOlympicsbot, and are accessible via The Post’s Olympics skill… Continue Reading

US Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to ‘Enhance’ Human Abilities

Americans are more worried than enthusiastic about using gene editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood to change human capabilities – By Cary Funk, Brian Kennedy and Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac “Cutting-edge biomedical technologies that could push the boundaries of human abilities may soon be available, making people’s minds sharper and their bodies stronger and healthier… Continue Reading

Fair Use issues for journalists, researchers, bloggers

When Does ‘Fair Use’ Become Unfair? Copyright law allows journalists to quote just enough — but not too much. Who draws the line? 07.21.2016 / By Paul Raeburn “In the United States, copyright protection for authors and other creators comes with the explicit understanding that others have “the right to use copyrighted material without permissions or… Continue Reading

Verizon reported as potential buyer of Yahoo

Via recode: “Verizon is closing in on a deal to buy Yahoo’s core business for about $5 billion, according to sources familiar with the talks. The telco giant has long been considered the favorite to buy Yahoo’s internet assets, which it wants to combine with AOL, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion. Part… Continue Reading

Pokémon Go‘ app – infographic on data usage and battery drain

“Have you spotted people gathering around places and staring into their smartphones while being dressed as a yellow stuffed animal in the last days? There is a real hype going on in the press and social media, so you probably already know this is due to the ‚Pokémon Go‘ app which was launched in some countries recently. ‚Pokémon Go‘ is… Continue Reading

Pew – Election 2016: Campaigns as a Direct Source of News

 Election 2016: Campaigns as a Direct Source of News, July 18, 2016. “…Clinton’s campaign has almost entirely bypassed the news media while Trump draws heavily on news articles. Clinton’s website offers two main sections for campaign news updates, both of which mimic the look and feel of a digital news publisher, but oriented around original… Continue Reading

Facebook activated safety feature to assist in Nice attack

The Attack in Nice, France FACEBOOK SAFETY CHECK Please login to Facebook to access this Safety Check. Via Twitter see also Recherche Nice (@Avis2recherche) and (@urgencesnice) are currently both active. UK Embassy contact for citizens in Nice – The embassy’s 24-hour number is +33144513100. Continue Reading

MSU McLellan Free Expression Online Library

“MSU Law’s First Amendment Law Clinic is the only clinical program in the country solely dedicated to the protection of student speech and press rights. Now, a $500,000 donation from leading Michigan attorney and MSU Law Trustee Richard D. McLellan will expand the clinic’s impact nationwide by creating a Free Expression Online Library and Resource… Continue Reading