Digital Daily Dozen: 9/24/15

European Union Legal Official Slams U.S. Mass Surveillance (Broadcasting and Cable) 

A senior EU legal official has advised the EU’s Court of Justice that the US cannot ensure adequate privacy protections of European Facebook information transferred to US servers due to mass government surveillance and that a 2000 safe harbor agreement that suggested the US did provide adequate security is invalid. 

The Cybersecurity and Surveillance Questions Nobody is Asking 2016 GOPers, Part 1 (Inside Sources) 

Republicans are already two debates deep into the 2016 primary field, and though candidates have staked out a number of positions on foreign and domestic policy, many are still elusive on some of the most rapidly growing threats at home and abroad — surveillance and cybersecurity. 

Here Is an Hour-By-Hour Breakdown of When People Post on Instagram (Ad Week)

Instagram revealed that it now has 400 million monthly users, up 100 million since the beginning of this year. And those users, many of who are millennials, post 80 million photos to the social platform every day. So a study by Mavrck—which analyzed 1.3 million Instagram posts—should get brands’ attention. 

 Speeches and Memo Showcase Welcome Shift from White House on Encryption Policy  (Media Shift- Commentary) 

During a panel on encryption policy hosted by Just Security, an online forum covering national security law, top U.S. intelligence lawyer Robert S. Litt pressed the case for engineering backdoors in encryption without undermining computer security as a whole. Leading security and policy experts consider this impossible.    

Congratulations! You’re Going to Make More Money for Facebook! (Recode)

Good news: You are increasing in value! Facebook, like other social networks, makes the bulk of its money by showing people advertising, and by crunching a few numbers, it’s relatively easy to determine just how much money each user brings in. It’s known in the financial world as “average revenue per user.”  

Apps Over Sites: Why Business Must (Mostly) Evolve Away From the Web  (Recode- Commentary) 

Digital content is now consumed more via mobile devices than on PCs, a trend that will continue growing throughout this decade. Inexplicably, however, traditional corporations have still not adjusted to that reality. Most companies outside the tech world seem set on continuing an Internet strategy established in the ’90s. 

Facebook Brings 360-Degree Virtual Reality Videos to News Feeds (Ad Week) 

Virtual reality is coming to Facebook news feeds. Today the company rolled out 360-degree videos brands and publishers can post to their pages. Desktop viewers just have to drag their mouse over a clip to change the angle, and on mobile, swiping across the screen changes the view.  

China: On cybersecurity, U.S. must not rock the boat (USA Today)

The head of China’s office of Cyberspace Administration likened the U.S. and China to two men in a boat during a storm. Lu reiterated a long-standing Chinese line, that both nations are the victims of cyber hackers and cybercriminals. The US’s stance is that China is behind many cyber-related thefts of commercial trade secrets.    


The average broadband connection speed in the US was 11.7 Mbps for the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report. That’s a slight increase of 1 percent since first quarter and an increase of 2.2 percent over the same period of 2014.     


Like every state, educators in North Carolina are struggling with complex demands around digital learning. In the era of personalized learning-meets-bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and with a big push on 21st century skills, districts and education leaders can still feel pretty isolated as they work out where to go next.   


After a five-year, arduous negotiation spanning two European Union Commissions and several changes in negotiation teams, the EU and US completed work on the data protection “Umbrella Agreement” regarding law enforcement data sharing.

Apple To Change Everything Known About TV (Ad Age- Commentary)   

When tvOS becomes available in late October, the most influential man of our time will revolutionize entertainment more than four years after his passing. Watching the presentation of the new Apple TV immediately took me back to a 2010 speech by Steve Jobs.   

Bing Brings Real-Time To TV, Will Ad Budgets Follow? (Media Post)  

Microsoft will work to prove that Bing Pulse can keep television viewers glued to content longer after noticing that the technology deters viewers from switching the channel. Bing Pulse, an audience engagement technology, gathers live feedback from audiences during any event, on any Web-enabled device and browser.