Digital Daily Dozen: 11/9/16

Canada’s Immigration Site Crashes as Donald Trump Closes In on Victory   

The Canadian government website for immigration crashed Tuesday night as Americans on both side of the political divide experienced anxiety over the presidential election. And Google reported web search terms like “Canada immigration” spiked as the GOP candidate did unexpectedly well in the presidential election.



Amazon Says FCC Licensing Body Is Wrong Set-Top Approach 

Amazon execs met with a top aide to FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to pitch their take on the FCC’s app-based set-top revamp order, including that a proposed licensing body is the wrong way to go. That item remains among the commissioners for vetting after FCC chair Tom Wheeler pulled the item from a public meeting vote.



FCC Speeds Broadcaster Auction Bidding

The FCC goosed stage three reverse spectrum auction bidding as advertised. Broadcasters bidding to give up spectrum at the FCC’s price (which decreases by 5% per round) started with one four-hour round on Nov. 1, moved to two two-hour rounds on Nov. 2-4, and Nov. 7 moved to three one hour rounds until further notice.



Election’s big winner on social media: Twitter 

There was a big turnout on Election Day — on Twitter. By 9 p.m. ET, more than 35 million election-related tweets had coursed through Twitter, already shattering the record set on Election Day in 2012 of more than 31 million tweets total.



Obama is right: Social media deepens political division  (Commentary) 

Social media was supposed to make us more connected; instead, it often leaves us isolated. The “bubble effect” and “echo chambers” effects of Facebook and Twitter are reassuring to like-minded people, who can share triumphs and anxieties comfortably within virtual cocoons.



Election-obsessed nation can’t unplug 

“In the pre-internet age, these used to be consumer experiences. People consumed stuff coming out of their TV or radio,” said Lee Raine, director of Internet, science and technology research at the Pew Research Center. “Now it’s very much a participatory experience. People want to talk to others who are doing the same thing.”



Live video takes center stage on Election Day   

More than a dozen media companies including ABC News, The New York Times, NowThis and The Washington Post hosted live video streams on Facebook as American voters headed out to elect a new president. With each company planning hours of live content, it’s likely you won’t be able to escape the election in your news feed.



NIST bumps up release of security guidance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is releasing its updated guidance on secure systems ahead of schedule, just a few weeks after a distributed denial of service attack raised question about security in IoT devices. It will urge organizations to address security in the design of devices throughout the systems engineering process.



Sports rights: The fight to keep the fans on side

In the first 10 weeks of this season, TV viewership for live Premier League games on Sky fell 12 per cent year on year. A similar trend has occurred in the US with the National Football League, where for some American football matches viewing figures have been down by as much as 20 per cent. It is a startling reversal.




In this report, ONE calls for an action plan to connect those 350 million women and girls in the least developed countries by 2020. Doing so would have significant benefits for everyone. This report outlines the challenges girls and women face in accessing the Internet and proposes policy recommendations to close the gap.



Warrants in the Digital Age: Courts Face Evolving Frontier 

The smart devices we carry with us and cling to represent treasure troves of personal data; they could be the linchpin a prosecutor needs to prove a person’s location when a crime occurred, which is why agencies are more active than ever in going after them.



Report: Strong SMB Interest for Wi-Fi as a Service

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of small to medium-sized businesses – more than 7 million – would like to take advantage of ‘Wi-Fi as a Service’ offerings from managed services providers, according to a Wi-Fi as a service survey conducted by iGR.



Getting Personal — myStrength, Passion and Entrepreneurship  (Commentary)

Many advances in 21st-century healthcare will emerge from small organizations. Digital technologies will enable individual innovators to conquer pain, disease and despair. Insights will arc from other industries. Patients will manage their own health and healthcare as never before.





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.