Digital Daily Dozen: 9/23/2013

The Pageview’s Days Are Numbered 

Publishers have been beefing up their strategies in how to optimize engagement, a squishy term meaning anything from racking up clicks on social networks to building off-line relationships through events or concerts.  
Net neutrality is back in the news. Should the internet self-regulate? Or should the FCC have a say? Even within the content-creation and content-delivery industries, opinions vary widely — often within the same company, or even within the sameperson
James Murdoch and Mike Fries Debate Future of Pay TV at EuroSummit ’13 
Liberty Global president and CEO Mike Fries and 21st Century Fox deputy COO and News Corp chairman and CEO James Murdoch rounded off the CTAM Europe EuroSummit by debating the future of pay TV and bundled services in the face of competition from OTT providers and traditional telcos.       
Meet the Newest Cord Cutters: College Campuses 
TV isn’t coming back to school at Northwestern University this fall: The college decided earlier this year that it was going to turn off its campus-wide television service over the summer. “The decision to discontinue NUTV was the result of many factors including demonstrated non-use by our students,” said NU’s IT Director. 
A new research group within the company is working on an emerging and powerful approach to artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which uses simulated networks of brain cells to process data. Applying this method to data shared on Facebook could allow for novel features. 
Gawker Wants to Encourage More Voices Online, but With Less Yelling  
A site that will promote comments on Gawker Media sites wants to elevate the role of commenters while trying to keep needless vitriol at bay.   
Google is looking at a way to replace the web’s foundational technology for targeting display advertising — third-party cookies — with a system of its own that could solve some big challenges facing advertisers and drastically expand its grasp on the industry. 
Study: Teens like to engage with brands on social networks, expect interaction   
Teens engaging with brands on Facebook are more likely to buy and recommend their products, but about half of them expect the brands to interact by seeking feedback and offering discounts, according to Forrester. The study also found teens are somewhat more likely than adults to like or follow brands on Facebook or Twitter.   
The US has lots of good privacy laws, robust government enforcement and extensive litigation by private lawyers, but the federal government has no uber-guru in charge of US privacy policy. The lack of centralized leadership on this nonpartisan, hot-button issue explains why our country appears to be floundering.   
Two very different technology offerings were dropped because of fears that the US and China might be trying to spy on the customers using them. In Baltimore, Maryland a US company called CyberPoint International lost a contract to provide a videoconferencing system to the federal government.  
What would a more competitive broadband market look like? One way to find out is to look at what other countries have done. Experts point to Europe, where nations have committed themselves to something called local loop unbundling. That’s when major network operators are required to share the infrastructure they built.  
Time Warner Cable, Journal Broadcast End Dispute   
A deal has been reached in the long-running impasse between Time Warner Cable and Journal Broadcast Group over retransmission consent. Journal Broadcast Group will keep control of “TV Everywhere” rights. Time Warner Cable did not have any immediate comment. 
Vevo to Block YouTube’s Offline Viewing Feature   
Vevo, which is one of YouTube’s top content suppliers, said it will not allow users to watch its music videos through the Google-owned site’s mobile apps if they’re not connected to the Internet. Vevo generates more than 3 billion views monthly via its 15,000 YouTube channels. 
 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.