About:Media — We used to read the newspaper, now the news reads us.

@stefanwehrmeyer, @annabelchurch and @pudo, Ghostery, May 2014 Sites like Facebook and Twitter are often criticised in the media for their data-based business models. Ironically, they share user behaviour with far fewer shady ad networks than the average news site. Visiting Facebook will only request data from Facebook’s own servers, while a visit to Die Welt […]

About:Media — EU Wants a ‘Right to Be Forgotten,’ But the Internet Never Forgets

Lance Ulanoff, Mashable, May 14, 2014 A top European Union court ruled on Tuesday that consumers can ask Google to remove potentially damaging content about them, also known as the preposterously-named “right to be forgotten.” One problem: It’s exactly opposite of the way the Internet should work. The EU’s action is such a fundamental misunderstanding […]

About:Media — The solutions to all our problems may be buried in PDFs that nobody reads

Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post, May 8, 2014 What if someone had already figured out the answers to the world’s most pressing policy problems, but those solutions were buried deep in a PDF, somewhere nobody will ever read them? According to a recent report by the World Bank, that scenario is not so far-fetched. Nearly one-third […]