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Daily Archives: July 5, 2014

Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later

Fencing Out Knowledge – Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later, American Library Association, Policy Brief No. 5, June 2014.

“What do Hotmail, YouTube, Google Docs, Facebook, and National Geographic have in common? They offer content and services that millions of Americans use every day to communicate, share content, and seek information. They also may be filtered under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) (47 U.S.C. 254), making them inaccessible to children and adults who rely on internet access provided by public libraries and schools. Passed in 2000, CIPA was designed to block adults and minors from accessing online images deemed “obscene,” “child pornography,” or “harmful to minors” for minors less than 17 years old under the law by requiring public libraries and schools receiving certain federal funding to install software filters on their internet-accessible computers. Yet the use of the internet is vastly different today than when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of this law in 2003. Indeed, decision makers could not have predicted the ways in which the internet and devices used to access online content would revolutionize learning opportunities in and out of school. But as the means used to access and create content online have evolved, filtering in public libraries and schools has simply increased instead of evolving in a parallel fashion. Filtered content today, particularly in schools, encompasses entire social media and social networking sites as well as interactive or collaborative websites, extending far beyond what the law requires.”

Americans work more hours than counterparts around the world – OECD, Erin McCarthy – ‘The U.S. needs to focus on improving well-being more broadly for its citizens, particularly as long working hours and stark income inequality are hindering quality of life, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development  said in its recent economic survey of the U.S. [OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2014]. It highlighted a notable divide… Continue Reading

How a Bitcoin Rival Could Create a Global Supermoney – American Banker

American Banker, Richard Samson – [Editor’s note: This article is based in part on SUPERMONEY: The New Wealth Beyond Banks and Bitcoin, which appears on Samson’s Futurist blog published by the World Future Society.]  While Bitcoin grabs headlines, a little-noted rival promises to supercharge all currencies old and new, fiat and cyber. An open-source programming system… Continue Reading

Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits – WSJ

Follow up to previous posting – Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment – Study, via – Facebook Experiments Had Few Limits, Data Science Lab Conducted Tests on Users With Little Oversight: Reed Albergotti – “Since its creation in 2007, Facebook’s Data Science group has run hundreds of tests. One published study deconstructed how… Continue Reading

Is Your Android Device Telling the World Where You’ve Been? – EFF

“Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone’s screen is off and it’s not connected to a Wi-Fi network, there’s a high risk that it is broadcasting your location history to anyone within Wi-Fi range that wants to listen. This location history comes in the… Continue Reading

Food waste reduction could help feed world’s starving – BBC

Caroline Hepker – “Some 40% of all the food produced in the United States is never eaten. In Europe, we throw away 100 million tonnes of food every year. And yet there are one billion starving people in the world. The FAO’s best guess is that one third of all food produced for human consumption is lost… Continue Reading

New Chinese LDR Rules Could Raise Bank Asset Quality Risk

Fitch news release: “Fitch Ratings-Beijing/Singapore-03 July 2014: The 30 June decision by the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) to amend the calculation of bank loan/deposit ratios (LDRs) is part of an ongoing targeted easing of liquidity conditions. Spurring growth of lending to small/micro enterprises (MSEs) has the potential to hurt bank credit profiles over the… Continue Reading

Utah Is on Track to End Homelessness by 2015 With This One Simple Idea

Via NationSwell – “Utah has reduced its rate of chronic homelessness by 74 percent over the past eight years, moving 2000 people off the street and putting the state on track to eradicate homelessness altogether by 2015. How’d they do it? The state is giving away apartments, no strings attached. In 2005, Utah calculated the annual… Continue Reading