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Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World, an online newsletter published regularly by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors. January 2018, vol. 5, no. 10. ISSN: 1916-5714 [h/t Library Boy] “Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World, an online newsletter published regularly by Libraryand Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors.”

Dimensions – Next-generation research and discovery tool links 128 million documents

This is a free and fee based service launched by Digital Science – “Global technology company Digital Science is proud to announce the launch of Dimensions, a new platform that aims to democratise and transform scholarly search. A collaboration between six Digital Science portfolio companies (Altmetric, Digital Science Consultancy, Figshare, Readcube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch) and… Continue Reading

Report to President on Enhancing Resilience of Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Distributed Threats

“This draft report responds to the May 11, 2017, Executive Order on Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure. That order called for “resilience against botnets and other automated, distributed threats,” directing the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security to “lead an open and transparent process to identify and promote action by appropriate… Continue Reading

Law, Metaphor and the Encrypted Machine

Gill, Lex, Law, Metaphor and the Encrypted Machine (2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2933269 – “The metaphors we use to imagine, describe and regulate new technologies have profound legal implications. This paper offers a critical examination of the metaphors we choose to describe encryption technology in particular, and aims to uncover some of the normative and legal… Continue Reading

Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America

Community-Owned Fiber Networks: Value Leaders in America. Pricing Review Shows They Provide Least-Expensive Local “Broadband”. January 10, 2018. “By one recent estimate about 8.9 percent of Americans, or about 29 million people, lack access to wired home “broadband” service, which the U.S. Federal Communications Commission defines as an internet access connection providing speeds of at… Continue Reading

What is the U.S. Digital Registry?

“Whether for access to emergency, financial or education public services, users need to trust they are engaging with official U.S. government digital accounts. To help prevent exploitation from unofficial sources, phishing scams, or malicious entities, the U.S. Digital Registry serves as a crowdsource resource for agencies, citizens, and developers to confirm the official status of… Continue Reading

Smart Toys and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998

Smart Toys and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 – CRS Legal Sidebar – Gina Stevens, Legislative Attorney. January 8, 2018: “A growing number of devices in American households, including televisions, appliances, security systems, and heating and cooling devices, rely on Internet connectivity to perform a range of functions. And the “Internet of… Continue Reading

Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign

Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Andrew Guess, Department of Politics, Princeton University; Brendan Nyhan, Department of Government, Dartmouth College; Jason Reifler, Department of Politics, University of Exeter. January 8, 2018. “Though some warnings about online “echo chambers” have been hyperbolic, tendencies toward selective… Continue Reading

New guide helps journalists, researchers investigate misinformation, memes and trolling

“Recent scandals about the role of social media in key political events in the US, UK and other European countries over the past couple of years have underscored the need to understand the interactions between digital platforms, misleading information and propaganda, and their influence on collective life in democracies. In response to this, the Public… Continue Reading

What Can Be Done to Protect Endangered Government Data?

“The federal government has made significant strides towards making vast amounts of government data freely available to the public, and businesses, researchers, civil society groups, journalists, and many others have put open data to good use. However, recent events suggest that some open government data may be at risk. For example, in February 2017, the… Continue Reading

Broadband Report – How to Save Money on Your Internet and TV Bill

“The average cable bill in the US has risen 39% in the past five years, reaching almost $100 per month.…Which is pretty wild when you consider that the average Internet and TV subscriber only uses around 29 GB of data. Help make finding broadband easier. Consumers are responding by “cutting the cord” from cable TV… Continue Reading

Fewer Americans rely on TV news – what type they watch varies by who they are

“Americans are relying less on television for their news. Just 50% of U.S. adults now get news regularly from television, down from 57% a year prior in early 2016. But that audience drain varies across the three television sectors: local, network and cable. Local TV has experienced the greatest decline but still garners the largest… Continue Reading