CISPA has infuriated citizens who are concerned that it violates our 1st and 4th Amendment rights to privacy. According to one writer, CISPA authorizes the feds to access any of your personal online information including your emails, without legally filed cause or due process.
“In fact, they’ll have the support of major tech providers and telecoms to do so – with zero liability to those providers. Killing the Bill of Rights in one fell swoop!” writes a guest author at the Gulag Bound blog. “CISPA is aptly nicknamed SOPA’s ‘evil twin.’ SOPA was only stopped because tech companies (unlike Hollywood) wouldn’t support it.
“They didn’t want liability for invasion of privacy issues,” the writer continues. “CISPA solves that corporate worry. So it is backed by Bill Gates’ Microsoft, AT&T, Facebook, Time Warner (the nation’s largest Internet provider), plus IBM, Verizon and more. Google backs this bill.”
Democrat co-sponsors voting against it: Reps. Joe Baca, D-Calif., Anna Eshoo D-Calif., Luis Gutierrez, D- Ill., Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Michael Michaud, D-Maine. Republicans were Reps. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and Ralph Hall R-Texas.
The 1,600 page measure now goes to the Senate. CISPA Summary links: Facts on CISPA; CISPA circumvents your right to privacy; Assault on your Internet.
Google doesn’t take FCC probe sitting down
Remember when Google was accused of deliberately intercepting private emails, web pages and other documents while its Google vehicles mapped neighborhoods for its Google map service? In the 2010 incident, Google claimed it had inadvertently scooped up data sent over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks.
The FCC and the FTC got involved, as did the Justice department, all looking to fine, censure or otherwise punish Google for the act. But this week, Google announced that all’s well, and in fact, has rebuffed the FCC over its Wi-Spy flap.
Who’s better at writing a news story, a human or …
A computer-written news report? Yep, it’s true. Computer-generated stories are showing up on websites such as Forbes and many others that prefer to keep it under wraps. So how can a computer generate an accurate report of, say a ball game or an investment piece? Narrative Science, a company that trains computers to write news stories. Gulp! Is a computer aiming to take my job?
“So I’m told by a reputable source that they have killed Osama bin Laden. Hot d—” – That was the tweet that went viral in minutes, spawning others like it and leading some to speculate at its veracity.
“When United did nothing to help, [Dave] Carroll took matters into his own hands with the help of a little video sharing site called YouTube,” explains Jordan Crook of TechCrunch. “His music video, ‘United Breaks Guitars,”\’ took off like a rocket, and after realizing the power of social media, he joined up with his other co-founders to build Gripevine.”
This is a David versus Goliath story about how a guy with a little knowledge of YouTube, some determination and a gripe created a company that provides resolution for customers with a complaint.
Bits & Bytes
What’s the future of computing? Two words: “tablet” and “cloud” – this report says.
The Voting Information Project, or VIP, is utilizing social media and apps to provide instant info on voting day. VIP is the brainchild of the Pew Center on the States, Microsoft, AT&T, Foursquare, Google, state elections offices, media partners and others.
Pew Senior Associate Matthew P. Morse said, “There’s polling place information, there’s what’s on the ballot and before the November elections there will be location-specific ‘rules of the road,’ such as ‘Do I need to bring an ID? What kind of ID is OK?’ Voters retrieve information specific to them through their addresses. There’s no personally identifiable information there, just the address, and then it spits out the information you need.”