Digital Daily Dozen 9/29/16

Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft Team Up to Make Artificial Intelligence Less Scary 

The Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society was unveiled today by Google, Facebook, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft. Indeed, that’s quite a name and quite a list of companies. Their chief mission is to promote public understanding of AI while developing standards and best practices for researchers to abide by.



FCC May Exit App Standards Oversight in Set-Top Proposal   

According to multiple sources, FCC chair Tom Wheeler’s apps-based set-top box/navigation device proposal is getting a major tweak to get programmers on board. While the proposal was to have had the FCC backstop an app licensing body, industry sources said the FCC will no longer have that explicit oversight role.



Set-Tops: Programmers Still Have Issues With Licensing

While the latest iteration of FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s set-top proposal is said to have backed off the FCC’s explicit role in backstopping app licenses, that does not appear to be enough for programmers. According to sources, the proposal also has included a complaint process by which the FCC could review issues with the app licenses.



Hey TV, You’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Ad Tech  (Commentary)

Disruption is swirling around television. To its credit, the television industry doesn’t have its collective head in the sand. But many of the people inside the business aren’t getting a clear view of the future, in part because the standard TV industry posture is to peek through its collective fingers at the scary monster that is ad tech.



The latest argument for cord cutting: Cat videos

There’s growing evidence short-form could drive the next round of cord cutting, or giving up pay TV subscriptions. A new study from Horowitz Research looks found that not only did 76 percent of internet users 18 and over report watching short form video weekly, but 23 percent said they watch this genre instead of watching television.



FBI director: Hackers ‘poking around’ voter systems 

The FBI has discovered attempted hacks of voter registration sites in more than a dozen states according to two law enforcement officials. US investigators believe that Russia is behind those attempted hacks the officials said.

FBI Director James Comey spoke of additional attempted hacks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.



Police can’t read your iMessages, but here’s what they can see

While Apple has made a big deal over the past few years about how little customer data it stores on its servers, that doesn’t mean the iPhone maker doesn’t have any information that police agencies can get their hands on. One thing Apple knows is which phone numbers a person is at least considering sending a message to.




When she announced the Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Agenda a year ago, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker emphasized that broadband Internet access and digital skills are critical to the economy’s success. The digital marketplace has created millions of new jobs in the United States.




David Edelman, special assistant to the president for economic and technology policy at the National Economic Council, said technology areas like cybersecurity, privacy, and net neutrality are winners in the international community. Edelman said that the core principles behind the net neutrality rules  were widely adopted.




Pay-TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue as 800,000 customers cut the cord over the next 12 months, according to a new study from the firm cg42. The study, which is based on an online survey of 1,119 US customers, estimates that pay-TV providers lose about $1,248 per cord-cutter annually.



Pepe the Frog declared a hate symbol by Anti-Defamation League 

Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character turned Internet meme, has been added to the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols. The character was added to the database Tuesday, after Pepe the Frog was depicted as a slew of racially charged caricatures including Hitler and a Klansman, according to the group.



‘The Revenant’ Pirate Avoids Prison, Fined $1M 

The man responsible for more than 1 million illegal downloads of The Revenant won’t go to jail. William Kyle Morarity in February pleaded guilty to felony copyright infringement for illegally posting screener versions of the Leonardo DiCaprio film and The Peanuts Movie online before they were released in theaters.



Governments Seeks More IoT Security 

All players involved in the issue of security and the internet of things need to accelerate the work they’re doing, according to an official with the Department of Homeland Security. Robert Silvers, assistant secretary for cyber policy for DHS, said improving security in the fast-growing internet of things (IoT) is going to be a long-term issue.





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.