Digital Daily Dozen: 11/7/16

China’s New Cybersecurity Law Rattles Foreign Tech Firms   

China’s government has approved a broad new cybersecurity law aimed at tightening and centralizing state control over information flows and technology equipment, raising concerns among foreign companies operating in the country.



Smart Lightbulbs Could Plunge the Internet Into Darkness 

Commandeering Internet-connected devices is an increasingly popular pastime for hackers. Now researchers have shown that it’s not just aged devices that can be corralled by criminals. A new study shows that it is possible to remotely hack modern smart-home hardware.



The Risk to Civil Liberties of Fighting Crime With Big Data  (Commentary)

Technology, particularly rapid analysis and sharing of data, is helping the police be more efficient and predict possible crimes. Some would argue that it has even contributed to an overall drop in crime in recent years. But this type of technology also raises issues of civil liberties.



Dani Mathers: When a Playboy Playmate Exposes Too Much   (Commentary)

We now have all the tools we need to use our thoughts to destroy ourselves. This may have always been true for a small subset of people, but there has never been a time where upwards of 3.5 billion people had this power simultaneously. It scares me, and it should scare you too.



Nielsen: That big loss in cable subscriptions is for real 

When Nielsen issued a report that suggested several networks, including ESPN, had suffered historic losses in household subscribers, the Disney-owned sports network challenged the numbers. Nielsen recalled the report, promising to look over the data again. It came back with an answer: It stands behind its numbers.



Facebook wants to start selling TV ads — on TVs — via Apple TV and Roku boxes

Facebook has wanted to get its hands on TV ad budgets for years. Now it’s taking another step closer, by selling ads that will actually appear on TVs. Next week, Facebook will start delivering video ads on apps that run on set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku through the company’s ad network.



Will Indonesians Enjoy the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’? 

Indonesia is poised to become the first Asian country to adopt the “right to be forgotten.” Government officials announced plans to revise the law so that citizens may pursue a court order requiring online content providers to remove information relating to criminal and civil cases against them, if they were acquitted.




Virgin Media is to test Europe’s net neutrality rules after launching 4G services in the UK that offer free access to Facebook’s messaging apps WhatsApp and Messenger. Those services will be “zero rated,” meaning that they can be used without eating into a customer’s data allowance.




The FCC plans to fine Network Services Solutions and its chief executive $21 million for apparent violations involving the Universal Service Fund Rural Health Care Program. The company is charged with violating the program’s competitive bidding rules, using forged and false documents to seek funding from the program.



New ways to fight Internet ‘trolls’ in a nasty political season 

The trolls are certainly having a field day in the presidential campaign, which according to a new Zogby survey from Allegheny College is now considered the most uncivil in recent American history. It’s hard to say whether trolls have lowered our sensitivity to comments, or our increased tolerance for insult has encouraged trolls.



Privacy Pivot: The New Rules for Digital Marketers 

Opt in, opt out. Marketers have wasted time and money trying to make sense of those words. But they’re outdated. The real issue is who is accountable when data is misused. So says Martin Abrams, executive director of the Information Accountability Foundation.



In sign of times, Vatican looks to build social media chops 

If people don’t go to the church, then the church must go to the people — and the people, the Vatican’s top communications experts have realized, are mostly on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and other all-inclusive, non-denominational digital houses of worship.



TV Addressability: Return To Sender, Frequency Unknown   

At a time when brands, agencies and the media talk up the value of a consumer’s experience with advertising in an increasingly cluttered world, a number of “addressable” TV players claim they can finally do that, enabling brands to target and control their ad messages down to the household — maybe even the user — level.





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.