“Social media has fundamentally changed the way new information is disseminated in everyday life. Compared with conventional channels such as TV, newspapers or magazines, social media outlets truly leveled the playing field by giving all content owners equal access to a publishing service that is essentially free, instant and global. In this paper, we explain how clients can make use of a Bloomberg-curated Twitter feed to make smarter investment decisions.” [email reg. req’d]
Students returned to the building for classes for the first time since 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage at the Florida school.
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Knight Foundation report: “Major internet companies such as Google®, Yahoo® and Facebook® have millions of users who visit their websites or apps frequently to find information or connect with others. In addition to those basic tasks that popularized the sites, they now provide news to their users, typically by linking to news articles reported by outside news organizations. Given the reach of major internet companies, the content they show people can have a profound impact on the public’s views of the U.S. and the world. As part of its ongoing Trust, Media and Democracy initiative, the John S. and James L.Knight Foundation partnered with Gallup to ask a representative sample of U.S. adults for their views on the news editorial functions played by major internet companies. From a broad perspective, Americans credit major internet companies for connecting people and helping them become better-informed. At the same time, they are concerned about their role in spreading misinformation and in potentially limiting exposure to different viewpoints. They are more negative (54%) than positive (45%) about the idea of major internet companies tailoring information to individual users based on their interests, their internet search activity and their web browsing history. Americans seem even more concerned when the approach of tailored content is extended to news coverage…”
Google Transparency Report – “This searchable database features political ads that have appeared on Google and partner properties. It is updated once a week. Find ads about federal candidates or current elected federal officeholders, and see who paid for them…
Introducing a new transparency report for political ads. We first launched our Transparency Report in 2010 with the goal of fostering important conversations about the relationship between governments, companies, and the free flow of information on the internet. Over the years, we’ve evolved the report, adding sections about content removed from Google Search due to European privacy laws, adoption of encryption on websites (HTTPS), and more. And today, we’re adding another new section to our Transparency Report: Political Advertising on Google. Earlier this year, we took important steps to increase transparency in political advertising. We implemented new requirements for any advertiser purchasing election ads on Google in the U.S.—these advertisers now have to provide a government-issued ID and other key information that confirms they are a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, as required by law. We also required that election ads incorporate a clear “paid for by” disclosure. Now, we’re continuing to roll out new transparency features with the addition of the political advertising report as well as a new political Ad Library.”
Recommendation via Joe Hodnicki: Data-Driven Law: Data Analytics and the New Legal Services, edited by Ed Walters “helps legal professionals meet the challenges posed by a data-driven approach to delivering legal services. Its chapters are written by leading experts who cover such topics as:
- Mining legal data
- Computational law
- Uncovering bias through the use of Big Data
- Quantifying the quality of legal services
- Data mining and decision-making
- Contract analytics and contract standards
“In addition to providing clients with data-based insight, legal firms can track a matter with data from beginning to end, from the marketing spend through to the type of matter, hours spent, billed, and collected, including metrics on profitability and success. Firms can organize and collect documents after a matter and even automate them for reuse. Data on marketing related to a matter can be an amazing source of insight about which practice areas are most profitable. “Data-driven decision-making requires firms to think differently about their workflow. Most firms warehouse their files, never to be seen again after the matter closes. Running a data-driven firm requires lawyers and their teams to treat information about the work as part of the service, and to collect, standardize, and analyze matter data from cradle to grave. More than anything, using data in a law practice requires a different mindset about the value of this information. This book helps legal professionals to develop this data-driven mindset.”
By tagging cattle and updating their data about their free-range, grass-fed quality of life using blockchain, some ranchers are hoping to solve paper tracking pitfalls and sell their beef for more.
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Cafer Topkaya describes how he went from unassuming Turkish NATO officer to one of the thousands of targets in the Turkish government's sweeping crackdown after the 2016 coup attempt.
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Squeezed by high prices and low home ownership, the country's housing market has become a big concern for New Zealanders. As part of their solution, lawmakers took aim at buyers beyond their borders.
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A top Buddhist monk in China was accused by multiple nuns in a report that circulated on social media. He has publicly denied the reports of misconduct.
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A suicide bomber reportedly struck a classroom in a Shiite neighborhood where teenagers, male and female, were studying for college entrance exams. Authorities say the death toll is at least 48.
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In addition to revoking the clearance of former CIA Director and outspoken Trump critic John Brennan, Trump called for a review of the clearances of nine current and former government officials.
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Last week, the company was a notable exception after a wave of other major tech companies banned Jones and his main channels. Jones cannot tweet on his main account for one week.
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In Tanzania and Zanzibar, the rate of sexual assault is high. And even the police admit they don't do a good job responding to complainants. So they came up with a plan.
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Despite laws guaranteeing access to health care, non-English speakers in the U.S. often rely on family and friends as ad-hoc interpreters — and may misunderstand what doctors think they're conveying.
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Although Turkey released Taner Kiliç, it refused to free an American pastor whose detention has sparked a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.
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Ankara has increased tariffs on U.S. products ranging from liquor to automobiles to beauty products, in some cases more than tripling them.
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