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New Yorker – Who Owns the Internet?

Who Owns the Internet? What Big Tech’s monopoly powers mean for our culture.
“…Today, just about everybody uses it for everything. Even as the Web has grown, however, it has narrowed. Google now controls nearly ninety per cent of search advertising, Facebook almost eighty per cent of mobile social traffic, and Amazon about seventy-five per cent of e-book sales. Such dominance, Jonathan Taplin argues, in “Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy” (Little, Brown), is essentially monopolistic. In his account, the new monopolies are even more powerful than the old ones, which tended to be limited to a single product or service. Carnegie, Taplin suggests, would have been envious of the reach of Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos.,,just about “every single tune in the world is available on YouTube as a simple audio file (most of them posted by users).” Many of these files are illegal, but to Google this is inconsequential. Under the Digital Media Copyright Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton shortly after Google went live, Internet service providers aren’t liable for copyright infringement as long as they “expeditiously” take down or block access to the material once they’re notified of a problem. Musicians are constantly filing “takedown” notices—in just the first twelve weeks of last year, Google received such notices for more than two hundred million links—but, often, after one link is taken down, the song goes right back up at another one…”

International Privacy Experts Adopt Statements on E-Learning, Intelligence Gathering

EPIC – “The International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications has adopted new recommendations to improve privacy and security standards for e-learning platforms and government intelligence gathering. The Berlin-based Working Group includes Data Protection Authorities and experts who work together to address emerging privacy challenges. The Working Paper on “E-Learning Platforms” highlights privacy risks… Continue Reading

Library Guides for Detecting Fake News – AALL Spectrum July 2017

Genevieve Zook [excerpted from her article] – JULY/AUGUST 2017 | AALL SPECTRUM 23 American Library Association bit.ly/JA17ALA Bowdoin College Library bit.ly/JA17Bowdoin Harvard Library bit.ly/JA17Harvard Hillsborough Community College Libraries bit.ly/JA17Hills Indiana University East bit.ly/JA17IU Pace University Library bit.ly/JA17Pace Penn State University Libraries bit.ly/JA17Pace http://bit.ly/JA17Pace The Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County bit.ly/JA17 Toronto Public Library… Continue Reading

Those supposed;y secure passwords you routinely create are not secure at all

WSJ.com – “…Back in 2003, as a midlevel manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Bill Burr was the author of “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A.” [this is the 2017 version] The 8-page primer advised people to protect their accounts by inventing awkward new words rife with obscure characters, capital letters and… Continue Reading

Report – Disruptive innovation in the courts

“The Joint Technology Committee (JTC) has released a new Resource Bulletin titled “Courts Disrupted.” This paper takes a captivating look at today’s fast-changing world of innovation and public expectations. Recognizing courts will not remain untouched by disruptive innovation, the paper encourages embracing rather than resisting the opportunities to improve business processes and make justice more… Continue Reading

Ad Week – Most and Least Trusted Brands in News

People have a lot of faith in Reuters, but not as much in Breitbart:”…A study of close to 9,000 people found that the most trusted source of news is The Economist, while the Occupy Democrats organization was the least trusted source. The University of Missouri recently ran a questionnaire distributed by 28 newsrooms across the… Continue Reading

Can Law Librarians Help Law Become More Data Driven?

Slideshare [290 pages] – Can Law Librarians Help Law Become More Data Driven? An Open Question in Need of a Solution – Professor Daniel Martin Katz, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Continue Reading

Survey – more than 3 billions users of social media and growing

TheNextWeb: “The latest Global Digital Statshot from We Are Social and Hootsuite reveals that the number of people using social media around the world has just passed the momentous three billion mark..” Global Digital Statshot Q3 2017 Continue Reading

Myth of one internet has morphed into reality of the ‘splinternet’

August 4, 2017, Terry Flew: “Both The Economist and WIRED are worried about the “splinternet”. The UK research organisation NESTA thinks it could “break up” the world wide web as we know it. What is this awkwardly named idea? It’s the concept that someone’s experience of the internet in Turkey, for example, is increasingly different… Continue Reading

YouTube combating online terror content with machine learning

YouTube Official Blog: An update on our commitment to fight terror content online, August 1, 2017: “A little over a month ago, we told you about the four new steps we’re taking to combat terrorist content on YouTube: better detection and faster removal driven by machine learning, more experts to alert us to content that… Continue Reading

JSTOR launches updated design and navigation

JSTOR has a new look: “A search box at the top of every page to help find content Larger fonts, brighter color, and navigation aids to provide a consistent experience Optimized headers and footers to make it easier to explore JSTOR’s content and information Clearer identification of your institutional access provider The JSTOR logo has… Continue Reading

Digitized Bound Congressional Record 1941-1950 Now Available

GovInfo: “The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), in partnership with the Library of Congress (LC), has made available on govinfo digitized versions of the Congressional Record (Bound Edition) from 1941-1950. This release covers debates and proceedings of the 77th through the 81st Congresses. This era of Congress covers historical topics such as: World War II,… Continue Reading