Daily Dish 071018



We need a publicly funded rival to Facebook and Google [FT]

Maybe there is a more direct approach: let us build public service digital corporations that offer better services to consumers. The need to sell advertising is at the heart of the toxic behaviour of many of the social media companies. The online ad market is dominated by Facebook and Google, and appears to be fraught with bots and fraudulent clicks. Hence France, Germany and Australia are all conducting inquiries into online advertising.

Inflation nation: The rising cost of digital TV  [Axios]

Bundled content packages are an increasingly popular way for consumers to watch video content, but there is little regulation around pricing, consolidation and distribution fees to protect consumers from long-term price inflation.

Apple and Alphabet face US house panel questions on privacy [FT]

Issues raised by the legislators include whether smartphones keep track of location even when users believe they have turned off the function, and whether voice-activated services such as Apple’s Siri sometimes listen and make recordings.  E&C Leaders Press Apple and Google on Third-Party Access, Audio and Location Data Collection   [Related]

Where Cities Help Detain Immigrants

 There are around 850 contracts between local and federal authorities to detain immigrants in 669 counties, according to ICE data from November 2017.*

AT&T’s Troubling Plan to Change HBO [Atlantic] – A take with more clarity here  [recode] Here’s what HBO’s new boss really said about the company’s plans under AT&T 

—a March 2017 report found Netflix had a negative free cash flow of $2.1 billion. A few months later, the company said in a letter to shareholders that it would remain in the negative for years, but that the investment would crucially help the company spread across the globe.

How to Meet Your Body’s Water Needs  [NYT]

 Brain effects include mood shifts, muddled thinking, inattentiveness and poor memory. A loss of only 1 to 2 percent of body water can impair cognitive performance,

Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms . [NYT]

In the United States, Facebook is fighting a lawsuit brought by Illinois residents claiming the company’s face recognition practices violated a state privacy law. Damages in the case, certified as a class action in April, could amount to billions of dollars. In May, an appeals court granted Facebook’s request to delay the trial and review the class certification order.

The House Judiciary Committee has introduced a bill specifically aimed at Protecting identity during protest for example

(a) In General.--Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, 
oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise 
or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so 
exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.


Les Rencontres d’Arles review – cyborgs meet spiritualists at photography festival

The relative lack of female photographers and curators was a talking point amid the somewhat muted buzz of the usual Arles’ late-night social buzz. It seems almost inexcusable that no one picked up on this while programming the festival.

I should really be posting my non traditional media diet here.  To that end here are some of the other things I am reading, seeing, feeling etc.

Info graphic, data-viz fans – Image Factories ! (below)  Talk about a relevant title.

One Picture Book – Two




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