Policy, politics, privacy, security – it may be August, but the stories this week are about the instrumentation of our lives through digital media. It’s the biggest story going….to the links:
Critics Decry `Secret Deal’ as AT&T, Google Huddle With FCC (Bloomberg) It’s not as bad as the headline makes it out to be. The issue is net neutrality, and it’s complex. The content of the meetings will be disclosed over time, but for now, it’s quite a secret scrum. This is worth keeping an eye on. Ideally the FCC chief, who has told me he’ll be at Web 2 this year but is not confirmed, will come and we can find out how it all turned out…or where it’s stuck. Which, if you read this piece, seems to be the case at present.
For Data, Tug Grows Over Security vs. Privacy (NYT) In particular, governments want access to what we read, type, email, etc. This is an ageless battle, and it’s growing fiercer.
You’ll Never Upload Your Mind (Dvice) Well, I am not convinced by this. Then again, it does seem a ways off, and imagine the privacy implications….
Facebook Advertisers Boost Spending 10-Fold, Sandberg Says (Bloomberg) It is most certainly hard to ignore the reach of Facebook. And the targeting.
Baidu’s CEO Pursues Long-Term Growth (WSJ) CEO Robin Li will be at Web 2, I am very interested in this company and China in general.
New Data Shed Light on Women’s Internet Usage (adAge) Round up of recent research.
Amazon Web Services sees $500M revenues, partly due to social games (VentureBeat) FarmVille grows money.
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