Digital Daily Dozen 10/17/16

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World  

The vision of the so-called internet of things — giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover — has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast. As appliances, cars and factory machines are computerized and connected to networks, we may become more efficient but hackers will have more to hack.



Ad Algorithms Might Choose You to Be a Paid Product Promoter   

Paying people to post ads to their own followers (influencer marketing) became big business thanks to stars like Kim Kardashian being willing to blast fans with paid messages. With demand from brands soaring, companies like Influential are now using ad targeting technology to expand and democratize the art of being a paid mouthpiece.




The Justice Department asked the full appeals court for the Southern District of New York to review a decision that upheld Microsoft’s refusal to comply with a search warrant for an alleged drug trafficker’s e-mails held in a server in Ireland.




Yahoo wants to take advertising to the next level—that is, the Orwellian level—bombarding people in public places with targeted advertising served up by the surveillance society. That’s according to a Yahoo patent application recently published by the US Patent and Trademark Office.



Is Silicon Valley losing the fight over user data? 

Silicon Valley has ramped up efforts to encrypt user information and fight off government requests for data. Recent revelations about how Washington and state law enforcement agencies are digging into internet companies’ user data reveal many of the limits that tech firms face when trying to protect users’ information.



Why eSports are a genuine threat to pro sports 

Not long ago, spending hard-earned money on a ticket for a seat in an arena to watch someone else play video games was more or less unfathomable. But, as recent Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan croons, “The times they are a-changin’.”



How Snapchat is Changing the Way We Communicate 

Snapchat is changing the way we communicate. The app is affecting our audience, even if you don’t use the social media platform. I noticed changes in video throughout all my social media, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I began seeing these changes at the same time I started to use Snapchat.



Brazilians Find the Limits of Free Speech on Facebook 

Tensions between citizens and public officials in Brazil are running high, with the country’s uniquely restrictive defamation laws being put to the test on Facebook. A judge ordered a nationwide block on Facebook over a page that made fun of Mayor Udo Dohler, who is running for re-election in Joinville, in the state of Santa Catarina.



Forecast: Digital will keep soaring, even with its flaws 

There are two narratives that have been emerging about digital advertising. One is that it’s not working as well as advertisers had hoped. They’re moving money back to television. But there’s also an opposing narrative, reflected in the latest advertising forecast. It is this: Digital may have its woes, but its growth is virtually unstoppable.



Fact checking is coming to Google News 

Fact checking, an essential element in this year’s presidential race, is coming to Google News. A fact-check feature will appear as a tag among Google news search results, alongside established labels for “highly cited,” “in-depth” and “opinion.” Sites deemed nonpartisan and meeting the criterion of a fact-checking service can apply.



Dating apps adjust for ‘swipe culture’   

Major sites such as Match and eHarmony are not app-based and have been known for their ability to find potential matches based on common interests. They’ve also been known for their appeal among users in the market for a serious relationship.



Videogame Companies Respond as SAG-AFTRA Sets Strike Date 

SAG-AFTRA’s board of directors voted unanimously Sunday to set a strike date against videogame employers for  Friday, Oct. 21, at 12:01 a.m., the union said, in an action that a spokesman for the companies called “precipitous, unnecessary and an action that will only harm their membership.”



Secret Service IT security lambasted by Homeland Security inspector general

US Secret Service systems and data remain vulnerable to unauthorized access and disclosure. As discussed, contributing factors included inadequate system security plans, systems with expired authorities to operate, inadequate access and audit controls, noncompliance with logical access requirements.





The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.