Digital Daily Dozen 9/28/16

Google Searches for New Users in India 

Google is expanding its efforts to connect with millions of Indians, using free Wi-Fi and tailor-made products, as it seeks to harness the country’s growing online population. Executives unveiled the products and initiatives that are aimed at attracting new users who are watching their data costs.




Building and maintaining broadband networks is a tremendously expensive endeavor and even where networks are built they provide less benefit if vast swaths of the earth’s population does not see any value in using them. Research indicates that awareness, digital literacy, and affordability are the key barriers to adoption.



55 percent of online shoppers start their product searches on Amazon 

Another year, another data point showing Amazon has surpassed Google as the default search engine for shopping. Fifty-five percent of people in the U.S. now start their online shopping trips on, according to results from a 2,000-person survey commissioned by the e-commerce startup BloomReach.



Virtual Classrooms Can Be as Unequal as Real Ones 

When massive open online courses, or MOOCs, exploded in popularity in the early 2010s, educators were particularly excited about the courses’ potential to give disadvantaged students equal access to a quality education. But a bevy of recent research has shown that online learning has largely fallen short of that goal.



Nielsen Launches Digital Content Ratings

Nielsen said its Digital Content Ratings will be fully syndicated beginning Sept. 30, allowing media companies and media buyers to compare audiences for video and text online using metrics that are similar to television. “Delivering syndicated Digital Content Ratings is a tremendous milestone.”



Sen. Reid Again Blocks MOBILE NOW Over Rosenworcel Nomination

The MOBILE NOW Act failed to secure passage thanks to the ongoing battle between Democrats and Republicans over stranded nominees, including Jessica Rosenworcel’s renomination and the nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the empty Supreme Court seat.



Sen. Markey, Rep. Eshoo Press for Set-Top Vote

Sen. Ed Markey and House Communications Subcommittee ranking member Anna Eshoo teamed up to make a last-minute push for FCC chair Tom Wheeler’s latest apps-based set-top box proposal. The FCC is still set to vote on that proposal Sept. 29 despite pushback from some of Markey and Eshoo’s Democratic colleagues.



Facebook Ordered to Stop Collecting Data on WhatsApp Users in Germany

The city of Hamburg’s data protection commissioner ordered Facebook to stop collecting and storing data on WhatsApp users in Germany, the first time a privacy watchdog has waded into the debate. The regulator also called on the social network to delete all information already forwarded from WhatsApp.



What a real cyber war would look like

Both U.S. presidential candidates have vowed to take on the world when it comes to cyber warfare. But full-scale cyber retaliation might be hard to spot and even harder to count as a win. “Unlike a traditional war, there is no end where there are clear winners and losers, ” said Peter Tran, senior director at RSA Security.



Viacom Says It Doesn’t Collect “Personal Information” from Children 

Viacom filed a summary judgment motion in a lawsuit that was revived by a federal appeals court in June. In court papers, Viacom asks a judge to find that it simply doesn’t collect personal information from those who register profiles on the kids’ website.



FTC Will Enforce Privacy on Set-Top Boxes

The FTC will make sure companies like Google follow the same privacy rules as cable providers if the FCC allows them to build their own set-top boxes, according to the FTC. FTC Chair Edith Ramirez advised the FCC to require device manufacturers to make consumer-facing statements saying they’ll comply with FCC privacy rules.



Security blogger Krebs says IoT DDoS attack was payback for a blog 

Security blogger Brian Krebs says a massive distributed denial-of-service attack that took down his Web site last week was likely the consequences for his outing of two Israelis who ran a DDoS-for-hire business. The pair were arrested in Israel at the request of the FBI six days after Krebs posted his blog and are now under house arrest.



Mozilla-backed selfie stunt challenges Europe’s copyright laws 

Stiff EU copyright proposals that theoretically ban memes, gifs and even pictures of some landmarks are the target of a campaign backed by Firefox browser maker Mozilla, which has encouraged a campaign of digital civil disobedience it’s calling Post Crimes.





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.