Cyberculture Agenda: “Big data meets politics”

Big data meets politics

Politicians across Europe often look suspiciously at the “big data” revolution as a trend imported from the US, which encroaches on their privacy.
Europe’s rude awakening to big data politics

To many in the Brussels bubble, the big data revolution came as a rude awakening, with revelations of mass-scale eavesdropping by US intelligence. Although EU policymakers have now embraced the economic potential of big data, privacy fears are never far in the distance

The unauthorized copying and distribution of copyrighted content is a multi-billion dollar puzzle that entertainment industry companies are desperate to solve.

As such, anti-piracy companies are always trying to come up with new ways to stop people from sharing that material online. With that an almost impossible task, some have taken to watermarking instead, with the aim of tracking content and providing a trail back to the source.

YouTube went down this morning for the first time in forever

YouTube suffered a major outage this morning that appeared to affect most of its users worldwide. Although the site was back up again within the hour, it marks the first major outage for the Google-owned service in years.

For a decade, TorrentFreak has produced charts of the world’s most popular torrent sites. These annual lists provide a regular snapshot of a constantly changing and volatile landscape.

Steven Levy is in characteristic excellent form in a long piece on Medium about the internal vogue for machine learning at Google; drawing on the contacts he made with In the Plex, his must-read 2012 biography of the company, Levy paints a picture of a company that’s being utterly remade around newly ascendant machine learning techniques.

Visit any post on photo-hosting site Imgur as a casual user and you’re bound to see some things that won’t make sense to a layperson

When I earned my teaching credential in the late 1990s, I had to take a class called “Technology for Teachers.” We mostly talked about using programs like Microsoft Office to prepare students for the workplace. Absent were conversations about the ways learning, communication, and engagement have changed in the digital age. Unfortunately, such supports are still rare in teacher education and schools. For example, a district-wide survey conducted in Oakland, California in 2013, found that 93% of teachers believe that technology is essential, but 63% reported not having had ANY technology-related professional development.

Social Media Use at Work (Study)

Why do most people use social media at work? The most popular answer (34 percent) was to take a mental break, according to a new study by Pew Research Center.

Mental breaks were followed by:

This Twitter bot is mercilessly trolling Trump fans

Daily Beast

Scores of Trump supporters have been fighting with an automated Twitter robot that spouts nonsense, and was designed to piss them off and waste their time on the internet.

Gone are the days where websites look like a bad acid trip. Despite the ebb and flow of design trends, one thing is certain:

A hacktivist from Anonymous group has hacked Twitter accounts belonging to ISIS supporters and replaced their jihadist content with rainbow flags, gay porn and pro-LGBT messages.


The rise of ad blocking is threatening a major source of digital and mobile revenue, but it’s also creating an opportunity to make marketing better on mobile devices.

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