Daily Dish 021219

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-- Format note--  story links now use this format: [source/# of trackers/paywall note if applicable] so [Wired/54] means the article is published by wired.com + number of trackers for that page is 54 (based on privacy badger) to help inform your click deeper - ED --


Publishers Chafe at Apple’s Terms for Subscription News Service [WSJ/37/Firewall] Apple plans to keep about 50% of subscription revenue from ‘Netflix for news’ service, likely won’t share customer data with publishers..Digital subscriptions are powering growth at big publishers including the Times, whose basic monthly subscription costs $15, the Post, which charges $10, and the Journal, which charges $39. Some of those companies are skeptical about giving up too much control to Apple, or cannibalizing their existing subscriptions to sign up lower-revenue Apple users, according to people familiar with the matter.

Blockchain and Trust  [Schneier on Security/0] What blockchain does is shift some of the trust in people and institutions to trust in technology. You need to trust the cryptography, the protocols, the software, the computers and the network. And you need to trust them absolutely, because they’re often single points of failure.

Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence [whitehouse.gov/5] The AI EO has no mention of real dollars -ED

U.K. government report  Cairncross Review A Substainable Future For Journalism    (PDF/0)  The Review recommends the creation of a new Institute for Public Interest News. Its governance should be carefully designed to ensure complete freedom from any obligations, political or commercial. Its strategic objective would be to ensure the future provision of public-interest news. It should build strong partnerships with the BBC, with Facebook, and indeed with Google, which has been one of the bigger contributors to innovation in local news and told the Review it was keen to see such a body coordinate and guide interventions and experiments.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes + Tampering  [Wired.com/54] Called Amber Authenticate,[ambervideo.co /2 trackers] the tool is meant to run in the background on a device as it captures video. At regular, user-determined intervals, the platform generates “hashes”—cryptographically scrambled representations of the data—that then get indelibly recorded on a public blockchain. If you run that same snippet of video footage through the algorithm again, the hashes will be different if anything has changed in the file’s audio or video data—tipping you off to possible manipulation.

The WebXR Device API [Github/0]  API  Standards group W3C publishes WebXR draft  “describes support for accessing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, including sensors and head-mounted displays, on the Web.” When paired with 3D content made in WebGL, the API can turn a standard URL or web address into a portal to another world.

Datashader [Datashader.org/4] is a graphics pipeline system for creating meaningful representations of large datasets quickly and flexibly. Datashader breaks the creation of images into a series of explicit steps that allow computations to be done on intermediate representations. This approach allows accurate and effective visualizations to be produced automatically without trial-and-error parameter tuning, and also makes it simple for data scientists to focus on particular data and relationships of interest in a principled way.

How schools are fighting fake news [FT/5 /Firewall] He shows the class three online articles: the 179-year-old man, a crocodile that supposedly escaped from a zoo into the Paris sewers and a €154,953 bill for the Trump-Macron dinner in the Eiffel Tower. First the children guess whether each story is true. Their votes are divided. When Dauchot reveals that all three articles are fake, there are cries of disbelief.

On redesigning the system  [thecreativeindependent.com/1 ] Philosopher and digital artist Mat Dryhurst on music as a carrier signal, and the power of collectively rethinking systems of power.What I want to invite people to do is to say: “Look at the protocol of how you act”—and of course the protocol can be a technical thing, or it could be a non-technical thing—and say, “How do we make this somewhat better?” And better for me always comes down to more cooperative structures, it comes down to equitable distribution of resources and of wealth.

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