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August 8, 2014

FCC Adopts Text-to-911 Rules

The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules on Friday requiring all wireless carriers and some texting apps to be capable of supporting texts to 911 emergency call centers by the end of the year.

In addition to covering wireless carriers, the rules cover texting apps that can send messages to any phone number, but they don’t cover those whose texts are limited to other users of the app. It also wouldn’t cover texts from Wi-Fi-only locations.

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August 1, 2014

The App, Net Neutality and the Digital Divide

Facebook on Thursday announced an app from – a project among companies including Facebook which tries to expand Internet access in parts of the world where people aren’t connected – that lets mobile phone users connect to certain websites without incurring data charges, starting with Airtel customers in Zambia. A couple articles say that’s a good thing or at least has the potential to do so, but they also lay out questions about implications on net neutrality and the digital divide.

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July 22, 2014

Hillary Clinton Q&A at Twitter HQ

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the potential Democratic presidential candidate who has been promoting her new book “Hard Choices,” did a Q&A on Monday at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, where she talked about women in politics, college costs, Russia and many other topics — including tech issues.

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July 14, 2014

Botnets, the Video Marketplace and Permanent Internet Tax Ban Bill This Week

This week, activity on the Hill includes hearings on botnets and the future of the video marketplace as well as  House consideration of a permanent ban on taxing Internet access. Elsewhere in Washington, events on the IP transition, data analytics and Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference are on tap.

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July 9, 2014

What Was That Social Media Bill About?

Last night, the chairwoman and ranking member of a House Homeland Security subcommittee went to the floor to lead debate on a bill called the “Social Media Working Group Act.” What’s the connection?

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Facebook News Feed Filtering: Beyond the Emotion Study

Among the flood of writing that’s emerged after news of Facebook’s controversial changing of users’ News Feeds for an emotion study involving more than 689,000 users, a number of articles point out that even the News Feeds that users see outside of such an experiment don’t fully reflect all of their friends’ activities on the site.

For example, Vox’s Nilay Patel writes that “manipulating the News Feed is Facebook’s entire business” and lays out how it works with advertising.

So, what’s the response to the idea that everything’s filtered, whether it’s for a study or not? David Weinberger, a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society in his piece in CNN raises concerns about commercial objectives of entities making decisions about what people see.

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 10:28 a.m.
Ideas, R&D, Social Media

July 3, 2014

What Do the Experts Fear About the Future of the Internet?

Will the way people access and share content on the Internet be significantly worse in 2025 compared to now? And what are the “most serious threats to the most effective accessing and sharing” of content online?

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May 15, 2014

George Takei Talks Snowden, Japanese Internment and YouTube

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Takei, left, seen here in a previous Hill visit with Rep. Henry A. Waxman, remains politically active. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Actor George Takei is in town, in part, to promote the AARP YouTube show he hosts, and he chatted with your Technocrat correspondent about his personal history, political activism and his thoughts on the National Security Agency surveillance program.

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May 9, 2014

Snapchat Roundup: Effects, Audits, and Ephemerality

As the dust continues to settle over yesterday’s Federal Trade Commission announcement that Snapchat has settled with the commission over charges that it deceived customers when it claimed their messages would “disappear forever,” the coverage poses questions about what it means and what the company and/or its users were thinking:

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By Anne L. Kim Posted at 5:22 p.m.
Privacy, Social Media

April 29, 2014

Despite Some Stars, Congressional Websites Generally ‘Still Weak,’ Report Says

Hannah Hess at Roll Call’s Hill Blotter blog highlights Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., as some of the individual members who received Gold Mouse Awards for the 113th Congress from the Congressional Management Foundation for exemplary websites or social media activity.

The foundation doesn’t just hand out awards, it also reports on best practices for Congress’ online communications. The report describes individual lawmakers’ websites as “still weak,” but says they’ve improved, with an “increasing number providing basic legislative and casework information and links.”

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