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The Virus Changed the Way We Internet

The New York Times – “Stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, with movie theaters closed and no restaurants to dine in, Americans have been spending more of their lives online. But a New York Times analysis of internet usage in the United States from SimilarWeb and Apptopia, two online data providers, reveals that our behaviors shifted, sometimes starkly, as the virus spread and pushed us to our devices for work, play and connecting…With nearly all public gatherings called off, Americans are seeking out entertainment on streaming services like Netflix and YouTube, and looking to connect with one another on social media outlets like Facebook. In the past few years, users of these services were increasingly moving to their smartphones, creating an industrywide focus on mobile. Now that we are spending our days at home, with computers close at hand, Americans appear to be remembering how unpleasant it can be to squint at those little phone screens…”

Coronavirus lockdown – Gallery pieces become online jigsaw puzzles

BBC News: “The Cooper Gallery in Barnsley runs a daily internet puzzle challenge using artworks from its collection. People from around the world – including Brazil – have competed to solve them in the quickest time during the lockdown across many countries. Barnsley Council said the town’s other museums would be posting similar challenges online.… Continue Reading

A Feature on Zoom Secretly Displayed Data From People’s LinkedIn Profiles

The New York Times – After an inquiry from Times reporters, Zoom said it would disable a data-mining feature that could be used to snoop on participants during meetings without their knowledge. “For Americans sheltering at home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Zoom videoconferencing platform has become a lifeline, enabling millions of people to easily… Continue Reading

How Americans perceive the outbreak and view media coverage differ by main news source

Cable TV and COVID-19: “Coverage of COVID-19 has dominated the news and resulted in skyrocketing ratings for the nation’s cable news networks. And according to a survey conducted March 10-16, 2020, as a part of Pew Research Center’s Election News Pathways project, responses to that coverage and the pandemic itself vary notably among Americans who… Continue Reading

Americans who primarily get news through social media least likely to follow COVID-19 coverage

“While coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic consumes the nation’s news, people whose most common pathway to political and election news is through social media are less likely than others to be closely following that coverage. And more of these social media news consumers say they have seen at least some misinformation about the pandemic, according… Continue Reading

Researchers Develop Faster Way to Replace Bad Data With Accurate Information

Modeling and Analysis of Conflicting Information Propagation in a Finite Time Horizon, published in the journal IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. The paper was co-authored by Cliff Wang of the Army Research Office. NC State: “Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Army Research Office have demonstrated a new model of how competing pieces of… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 28, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 28, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

The Fate of the News in the Age of the Coronavirus

The New Yorker – Can a fragile media ecosystem survive the pandemic? – “The shift to paywalls has been a boon for quality journalism. Instead of chasing trends on search engines and social media, subscription-based publications can focus on producing journalism worth paying for, which has meant investments in original reporting of all kinds. A small… Continue Reading

Zoombombing, data privacy, webcam backdrop, virtual town hall

CVUSD meeting falls victim to “Zoombombing” Vice – Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook – The change comes after Motherboard found the Zoom iOS app was sending analytics information to Facebook when users opened the apps See also The Web Around [I do not have one but it may be of interest] –… Continue Reading

The Law and Economics of Online Republication

Perry, Ronen, The Law and Economics of Online Republication (March 10, 2020). Iowa Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3552301 “Jerry publishes unlawful content about Newman on Facebook, Elaine shares Jerry’s post, the share automatically turns into a tweet because her Facebook and Twitter accounts are linked, and George immediately retweets it. Should Elaine and… Continue Reading

Governments could track COVID-19 lockdowns through social media posts

CNET – A research group scrapes more than 500,000 Instagram profiles in Italy to see if people are abiding by the quarantine. “Your posts on social media have been harvested for advertising. They’ve been taken to build up a massive facial recognition database. Now that same data could be used by companies and governments to… Continue Reading