Digital Daily Dozen: 11/28/16

Instagram Is Facebook’s Biggest App Advertiser. Twitter Is Banned.   

The biggest app advertiser on Facebook is Instagram, a subsidiary, according to a data firm that tracks mobile campaigns. Instagram represents up to 5% of app-install ads on its parent social network, Sensor Tower said in its latest report, which tallied app activity on millions of devices.



Hackers took down the computer system for San Francisco’s Muni metro line 

Internet hackers crashed the computer system of San Francisco’s Muni rail system this week, knocking ticket kiosks offline and giving riders a free ride. A spokesperson said that the system “opened the fare gates as a precaution to minimize customer impact.” Rides were free all day on Saturday, into Sunday morning.



Facebook’s Content Blocking Sends Some Very Mixed Messages  (Commentary)

Facebook has reportedly built a new censorship tool as part of its bid to succeed in China—a revelation that’s hard to square with its response to its fake news problem. Many Internet giants have tried to crack China in the past. But it typically requires a softening of principles, which was perhaps best demonstrated in 2006.



AT&T to Launch DirecTV Now Without CBS   

When AT&T launches its new over-the-top streaming service DirecTV Now this week, it will do so without one major player: CBS. CBS’ hesitance to join the new service fits right into its corporate playbook. CBS never joined its broadcast network compatriots – ABC, NBC and Fox – as part of Hulu; instead, it went its own way.




The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers.




While we don’t usually think of cities as lacking broadband services, what they often lack is affordable broadband. Go to a local library in a city and you often see waiting lists for using their computers, or you see many people with their own devices using library-provided Wi-Fi.




The FCC’s self-imposed hiatus means that a number of high-profile regulations are unlikely to be acted upon until President-elect Trump takes office, if ever. One of those issues is video description – when a narrator explains, for the benefit of the blind or visually impaired, what’s happening onscreen during a TV show or movie.



Deletion before disclosure: How NYC can protect municipal ID cardholders’ privacy

Amid speculation that the incoming Trump administration may compile registries of undocumented immigrants, New York City’s mayor has vowed to protect the privacy of city residents who have applied for the city’s municipal identity card. IDNYC was introduced in 2015 as a form of primary, photo identification for those without official ID



Privacy And Data: What Will The Future Hold?  (Commentary)

A new administration always brings change. So what’s a cross-channel marketer to do and plan for in the face of uncertainty? Carry on, but be prepared to pivot. Given President-elect Donald Trump’s pro-business leanings and recent appointments, consumer data protection and privacy seem unlikely to incur increased scrutiny.



Internet Industry Group Issues IoT Security Guidelines

With recent cyberattacks, organizations and at least one government agency are now focusing on preventative security measures with another set of recommendations. In addition to the Department of Homeland Security’s IoT security principles, the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group just outlined its recommendations.



FCC ALJ: Cost Savings Alone Not Enough to Justify Discriminatory Treatment of Non-Affiliated Networks 

The FCC’s administrative law judge has once again sided with a programmer in resolving a complaint under the Commission’s program carriage rules.  More than five years after GSN filed a program carriage complaint against Cablevision, ALJ Richard Sippel issued an initial decision finding that Cablevision improperly discriminated.



Retailers Anxious Over Potential IoT Security Threats 

When a novel hacking attack crippled parts of the Internet in October, it cut off consumers access to popular websites like Netflix and Kayak for hours at a time. For online retailers, the effect was the same as when a physical store shuts down: no customers and no sales.



Consumers Are Losing Trust in Hacked Companies

Hacked companies are losing the trust of consumers, and it’s adding steeply to the cost of cyberattacks. According to the non-profit tech think tank Internet Society’s 2016 Global Internet Report, 59 percent of internet users said they were unlikely to engage in a business transaction with a company that had suffered a data breach.





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.