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The Benefits of Using Data in the Content Creation Process

A couple years ago, a quote that really resonated with me came from The New York Times digital-first report: "At the [NYT] far too often for writers and editors the story is done when you hit publish. At Huffington Post, the article begins its life when you hit publish."   But today, articles are beginning life earlier than that. Time Inc. has cut down on many of their analytics tools to focus on just a few. Writes Sarah Sluis in a post on the site AdExchanger: "[Parse.ly] moves data-based decision-making earlier into the creative process. In the past, the audience team would focus on promoting articles once they were produced. But [this] provides both real-time and historical data about article performance that editors can use to shape a direction of a story.   "We are a much more performance-driven culture than we have ever been before," said Time Inc. editorial director Will Lee. "You can see it on their screens, on what people are showing each other on their mobile de ...

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France’s Extraterritorial Interpretation of the Right to be Forgotten Goes to the European Court of Justice

Does the EU’s right to be forgotten extend to the whole world?  The French data protection authority, CNIL, says yes and wants search engines to delist search results which contain information that violates the European Union’s right to be forgotten – not just for French users, not just for European users, but for all users everywhere. Google is prepared to remove offending search results for European users, but balks at removing material globally just because European courts find that it violates European privacy rules. 

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AI Spotlight: To Catch a Terrorist

Groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda have clusters all over the world, and finding where these groups or their operatives are located is a major challenge to fighting terrorism.  Law enforcement officials can track terrorists through the monitoring of financial transactions for irregularities.  Typically, banks have helped law enforcement catch terrorists with software that that uses hard-coded “if -> then” triggers.  For example, a bank’s software might flag any transaction with an amount of seven figures or any transaction made from a different country than the one the account is based in – IF Pam in Indonesia sends $7,000,000 dollars to Jim in the UK, THEN Pam might be a terrorist or drug lord. But, what if Pam is only sending Jim money in hundred-dollar increments?  Or what if the $7,000,000 then gets shifted to other companies that are all owned by Pam? Terrorist groups will often transfer small sums of money at an infrequent rate, or la ...

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Budget Blast: House Budget Adds but Taketh Away

On Thursday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor-HHS-Education passed their appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18). The proposed bill would cut the federal education budget down to $66B – a reduction of $2.4B from FY17. While certainly better than President Trump’s $9.2B proposed cut, the FY18 House Proposal would make some dramatic changes. Not included in this proposal is the President’s $1B public school choice program (FOCUS) or the $250M in state grants for private school choice. In fact, the Education and Innovation Research program which was the vehicle for the private school choice grants is eliminated entirely.  The bulk of the cut comes from the elimination of ESSA’s Title II program. A $2B program, Title II provides funding support for educator professional development, class size reduction, and educator recruitment and mentoring. This chart from the NEA shows the state-by-state impact of Title II elimination.  Ano ...

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SIIA’s TechChats: Rajeev Kapur | CEO of 1105 Media

SIIA’s TechChats provides a look into some of the most successful executives in our industry. Hear how many of them got to where they are today, what is shaping their businesses and the industry today, and special advice they would give to others trying to grow a successful company.

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Good News and Bad News on Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

First, the good news:  Last month, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development announced that the pending private right of action under the Canadian Anti-SPAM Law (CASL) would be delayed indefinitely—this was initially scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2017.  As many of us pointed out back when the law was enacted, unleashing the threat of frivolous litigation is likely to punish innocent companies to the tune of millions of dollars—in most cases companies that are trying to comply—while enriching trial attorneys and stifling many of the desirable email communications citizens have come to expect and appreciate. In the statement announcing the delay, Navdeep Bains, the Canadian Minister, noted that while “Canadians deserve to be protected from spam and other electronic threats so that they can have confidence in digital technology,” the Canadian government is “committed to striking the right balance&rd ...

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