The Competition and Transparency in Digital Advertising Act was introduced Thursday by a group of key senators on the Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust: the ranking member and chair, Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., as well as Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. If passed, the bipartisan bill would force Google to break up its ad business. Continue Reading →

Data is like pizza?

Data is a lot like pizza, or at least that's what Wide Open West (an ISP with about 800,000 customers) would like you to believe. The company sent an email to its internet users telling them that it was instituting data caps on June 1 because they want everyone to get the amount of pizza they ordered. If this sounds weird or confusing or condescending, I'm not doing it justice. It's way worse than that. Continue Reading →
Facebook and Google have to pay for news in Australia. That's the law! Except… there are loopholes that allow for negotiation, and the way the law is written allows both sides to spin the story as if they won. This raises the question: Who actually won? Continue Reading →

Deepfake Authors

Shelly Palmer
They used to say, "You can't believe everything you read." Now, you can't believe that it was written by a human. Welcome to the world of AI authors who write as well as (and in some cases better than) humans. Shelly Palmer chat about it with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters on Fox 5's Good Day New York. Original Airdate: August 4, 2020 Continue Reading →
Shelly Palmer on Fox 5
The US Government is looking into banning TikTok. Will it happen? Shelly Palmer talks with with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters about social media addiction, data privacy and how the Chinese government is involved on Fox 5's Good Day New York. Original airdate: July 14, 2020 Continue Reading →
Equifax
The Attorney General of the United States announced that the government had confirmed that the Equifax hack was the work of the Chinese military. As we enter the age of AI-assisted warfare, it’s important to unpack some of the underlying issues. Continue Reading →
Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer talks with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters about Google's "Loretta" Super Bowl commercial and why he believes that Google should have put a disclaimer on the spot warning potential users about how it would use the data gathered. Original Airdate: February 4, 2020 on Fox 5's Good Day New York Continue Reading →

TikTok Data Questions

TikTok
TikTok is insanely popular. If you haven't downloaded the app yet, here's a warning: Be prepared! TikTok is wildly addictive. No matter your age, your stage, how jaded you are, resistance is futile. You will become addicted to TikTok within minutes. But then... the app will begin its symbiotic relationship with your brain, and then... it's over. You will become a full-fledged TikTok addict and, as far as I know, there is no cure. Continue Reading →
Project Silica
How long does a digital file last? It depends how and where you save it. On a hard drive? It will last longer than 5 years, but less than 30 years. On a commercial CD, maybe 100 years, no one really knows. On a recordable CD or DVD? Less than 10 years for sure. On magnetic tape? More than 10 years, less than 100 depending upon how the tapes are stored. Sit with 100 digital archivists and you will get 100 different opinions about how to save digital files for future generations. Continue Reading →