July 12, 2020

Privacy: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Protect Internet Passwords

From The Hill: A group of Senate and House Democrats introduced legislation on Wednesday to prevent bosses from forcing a job applicant or employee to reveal the password to any private online information, such as a Facebook or email account. The Password Protection Act would make it illegal for an employer to coerce access to […]

LinkedIn Is Acquiring SlideShare for $119 Million in Cash and Stock

One very popular service acquires another very popular resource and service. Here’s the official announcement and a blog post. SlideShare is also enabling the sharing of presentations across the Web; nearly 7.4 million presentations hosted by SlideShare are embedded across more than 1.4 million unique domains. This acquisition means good things to professionals everywhere. Presentations […]

New Research: “What Online Social Networks May Know About Non-Members”

From Heidelberg University (Germany): What can social networks on the internet know about persons who are friends of members, but have no user profile of their own? Researchers from the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing of Heidelberg University studied this question. Their work shows that through network analytical and machine learning tools the relationships between […]

New Statistics from Pew Internet: “Teens & Online Video”

From the Report’s Overview: In a survey of 799 teens conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project between April 19 and July 14, 2011, the teens were asked about a number of online behaviors. The results for video-oriented activities are reported here. Among the findings: 37% of internet users ages 12-17 […]

New from Consumer Reports: Facebook & Your Privacy (Who Sees Your Data)

An article (available online) from the June 2012 issue of Consumer Reports reports on Facebook, its users, and privacy issues. Title “Facebook & Your Privacy: Who sees the data you share on the biggest social network?” Source Consumer Reports From the Article Some people are sharing too much. Our projections suggest that 4.8 million people […]

Feds Launch Registry for All U.S. Government Social Media Accounts

A new resource for the info professionals toolbelt. From Information Week: The General Services Administration has created a social media registry on which federal agencies can list their accounts on 22 social media platforms. The public can also use the registry to verify whether accounts are bona fide government accounts. [Clip] GSA plans to offer […]

Twitter’s Discovery Tab Enhanced, More “Social Context” to Posts Added

From the Twitter Blog: The Discover tab makes it easy to discover information that matters to you without having to follow additional accounts. Starting today, the Discover tab will begin to surface content that is even more personalized and meaningful to you. We’ve incorporated additional personalization signals to select Discover stories, including Tweets that are […]

New York City Dept. of Education Releases Social Media Guidelines for Teachers

From the AP: New York City has issued its first social media guidelines for public school teachers. The guidelines, which stop short of an outright ban, urge teachers to reject friend requests or other contact with students on their personal accounts. Department of Education officials said there are no consequences for not abiding by the […]

Findings From New Wikipedia Editors Survey: Nine Out of Ten Wikipedians Continue to Be Men

From a Wikimedia Post: The gender distribution of Wikipedia editors hasn’t changed since the last survey [April 2011]. Among those surveyed, 90 percent self-identified as males, 9 percent as females and 1 percent as transsexual or transgender. That being said, there was a greater amount of female editors among those respondents who had joined more […]

South Carolina: “Wikipedia Research Taints Some 2010 Guilty Verdicts”

From The State (via The Item) The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned six guilty verdicts in a 2010 high-profile cockfighting trial because of a rogue juror’s use of the Internet during supposedly sealed-off jury deliberations. That juror, known only as Juror 177, then shared with some fellow members what he had learned […]