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First POST: Data Flow

BY Miranda Neubauer | Thursday, January 17 2013

Thursday must-reads

Around the web

  • New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is encouraging supporters to make 20 calls in 20 days to federal lawmakers in memory of the Sandy Hook victims.

  • Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) is proposing a ban on 3D-printed high-capacity magazines.

  • Search Engine Land's Danny Sullivan noted that Facebook's new Graph Search can show what people like who like both the NRA and Barack Obama.

  • The Daily Beast created the Twitter account @RepsGunTweets to track how representatives reacted to the gun law proposals.

  • A New York state senator's online petition against New York's new gun law has already gathered 35,000 signatures.

  • A Guardian interactive shows gun laws state-by-state, and lets users look at laws in their friends' states through Facebook. A Washington Post interactive traces the NRA's influence on members of Congress.

  • The Citizen Lab Internet research group says it has found evidence that U.S.-made Internet surveillance and censorship technology has been used by more than a dozen countries, including ones with questionable human rights records such as Syria, China and Saudi Arabia.

  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said he wanted to remain on the Senate Judiciary Committee to help pass legislation requiring a warrant before authorities can access e-mails and other online messages.

  • Businessweek reported on the possibility that the SEC could force more disclosure of publicly traded companies' political contributions.

  • ICYMI: There's a Campaign Finance Disclosure Tumblr.

  • Pandodaily traced how two L.A. entrepreneurs helped bring about the lobbying effort leading to the passage of the JOBS Act.

  • The FBI only released severely redacted memos in response to an ACLU query about its interpretation of a unanimous Supreme Court decision which established that law enforcement does not have the authority to put a warrantless GPS tracker on a suspect’s car, ars technica reported.

  • A recent symposium hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society marked the launch of a global network of interdisciplinary centers focused on Internet and society.

  • A documentary premiering at the Slamdance Film Festive called "Terms and Conditions May Apply" focuses on websites' privacy polices.

  • Ars Technica looked into which routers would actually support new WiFi spectrum that the FCC plans to release.

  • Time Warner Cable says it is in negotiations with Netflix on using the service's content delivery network to offer 3D and other special content to subscribers, but also accused Netflix of unfairly holding back content in order to get preferential treatment, according to Multichannel News.

  • AT&T has partially lifted a restriction on how its customers can use the FaceTime function without any additional cost, following criticism from groups like Public Knowledge.

  • Developers of transit apps in Washington D.C. say the transit agency is limiting the data it provides, and that the data that is accessible is often inaccurate.

  • New York City's MTA is now offering an application for all smartphone operating systems showing subway times for selected subway lines.

  • Daniel X. O'Neil writes about turning civic hacking into civic innovation based on the example of Chicago.

  • Researchers used Google Earth to produce a more accurate study of urban agriculture sites in Chicago.


News Briefs

RSS Feed monday >

After Election Loss, Teachout and Wu Keep Up Net Neutrality an Anti-Comcast Merger Campaign

The Teachout/Wu campaign may have lost, but their pro net-neutrality campaign continued Monday as both former candidates participated in a rallly in New York City marking the final day to comment on the Federal Communications Commission's Internet proposals and kept up their pressure on Governor Andrew Cuomo. GO

friday >

NYC Politicians and Advocacy Groups Say Airbnb Misrepresents Sharing Economy

A coalition of New York election officials and affordable housing groups have launched an advocacy effort targeting Airbnb called "Share Better" that includes an ad campaign, a web platform, and social media outreach. GO

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The Internet Slowdown's impact on the FCC; Uber drivers try to go on strike; four kinds of civic tech; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

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How Teachout won some wealthy districts while Cuomo won some poor ones; DailyKos's explosive traffic growth; using Facebook for voter targeting; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

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Evaluating the Teachout-Wu challenge; net neutrality defenders invoke an "internet slowdown"; NYC's first CTO; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

De Blasio Names Minerva Tantoco First New York City CTO

Mayor Bill de Blasio named Minerva Tantoco as first New York City CTO Tuesday night in an announcement that was greeted with applause and cheers at the September meeting of the New York Tech Meet-Up. In his remarks, De Blasio said her task would be to develop a coordinated strategy for technology and innovation as it affects the city as a whole and the role of technology in all aspects of civic life from the economy and schools to civic participation, leading to a "redemocratization of society." He called Tantoco the perfect fit for the position as a somebody who is "great with technology, has a lot of experience, abiltiy and energy and ability to create from scratch and is a true New Yorker." GO

First POST: Fusion Politics

The Teachout-Wu Cuomo-Hochul race as it comes to a close; more criticism for Reddit as it prepares a major new round of funding; First Lady Michelle Obama as an Upworthy curator; and much, much more. GO