On Net Neutrality

In 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the Open Internet Order in which Internet service providers were banned from discriminating against different types of traffic or charging big Internet companies like Netflix and Amazon for the privilege of having their content delivered by higher speed connections. Having been enacted and maintained by popular public support, net neutrality laws are nevertheless under constant attack from corporate service providers and politicians alike.

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Linus Explains Big Data

For a media ethics class I'm taking, I was given an assignment to "persuade the audience to be either for or against big data." What made it fun was that I was told I could select the format I wanted to use to present the argument: a presentation, an essay or any other format I'd like. There's nothing better than to be given free reign with respect to format. Naturally, I chose to present my argument in the form of a Peanuts strip.

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The Ethics of ‘Facebook Live’

In the absence of a method to prevent the live streaming of murders and other violence, Zuckerberg remains personally responsible for the consequences of this service offering. By not suspending the service until a screening system is in place and functioning, he has made the decision that the ethical problems associated with Facebook Live are subordinate to the monetary benefit it confers to his company.

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Your Driverless Car is (Almost) Ready

People are the weak link in the automobile ecosystem. If we weren’t part of the control loop, things would be safer. A lot safer. It’s estimated that 94 percent of the world’s yearly 1.2 million automotive deaths involve human error. We’re uncorrectable bugs in the system, you and me. We get into accidents once every 500,000 miles, and cause fatalities once every 1.3 million miles. But the software that’s driving autonomous cars? It was performing at levels equal to or better than that error rate three years ago.

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Twitter: It's Not About Sandwich Reports

I've read that “Twitter is full of people talking about the weather, what they had for lunch, and their indigestion.” Maybe that’s so, but if it is, I don’t know much about it. Here’s what I see on Twitter: people offering their opinions on brand strategies, new software releases, logo redesigns, live speaker quotes from conferences attended, and other musings related to the profession of Communications. If that’s not what you see, it’s because you’re curating a different set of Twitter users than I am.

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