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First POST: Don't Forget

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, July 3 2014

Don't Forget

  • Google has begun scrubbing some links from search results in Europe, and as James Ball reports, some of the first items to be "forgotten" are articles from The Guardian. He warns, "The [European high court] ruling has created a stopwatch on free expression--our journalism can be found only until someone asks for it to be hidden."

  • More: MarketingLand's Danny Sullivan has a list of "forgotten" pieces, based on notices publishers have been receiving from Google.

  • Microsoft researcher Kate Crawford says we should run a controlled experiment on Facebook: "Rather than assuming Terms of Service are equivalent to informed consent, platforms should offer opt-in settings where users can choose to join experimental panels. If they don’t opt in, they aren’t forced to participate."

  • Facebook's data science lab has conducted hundreds of tests on users, reports Reed Albergotti for the Wall Street Journal, including one where users were randomly told their accounts were suspended because they were believed to be robots or using fake names.

  • We missed this yesterday: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has changed its position on net neutrality, reports Mike Masnick of TechDirt, now endorsing calls for the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act.

  • Wired UK has posted a short piece by yours truly on "the problem facing the transparency movement, whereby western governments can simultaneously brag about their embrace of open data while spending tens of billions on surveillance of their own citizens."

  • With one day to go before a self-imposed July 4 deadline, Lawrence Lessig's MayDay PAC has raised just over half of the $5 million it needs to trigger a match from its big backers. The pace of pledges picked up significantly yesterday after Lessig and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff did a Reddit AMA together.

  • And with that note, Happy 4th of July to you all--see you Monday!

News Briefs

RSS Feed thursday >

First POST: Creeping

Senator Al Franken's tough questions for Uber's CEO; how the NSA could make its phone metadata program permanent; global privacy groups launch a personal spyware catcher called Detekt; and much, much more. GO

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A draft request for proposals for the revamping of Recreation.gov will include a requirement that reservation availability data be publicly accessible and that all proposals detail how they will enable third-party sales, as two members of the United States Digital Services have joined the government team overseeing the RFP, meeting some key demands of civic technologists and consumer oriented technology companies. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Ubermenschens

Surge-pricing in effect for Uber privacy violations; why "privacy" policies should be called "data usage" policies; pols silent on Uber mess; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Uber Falles

Uber exposed for plan to dig up dirt on journalist critics; sneaking a SOPA provision into the USA Freedom Act; high-speed free WiFi coming to NYC; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Differences

How to use Twitter to circumvent campaign coordination rules; the net neutrality debate keeps getting hotter; charting the gender balance at dataviz conference using dataviz; and much, much more. GO

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