M.E.D. 6.21.18

M.E.D. – Summer Solstice Edition
Still working though what I want to do and say here.   Today less bullets more editorial

– in production

Privacy

Companies are starting to realize that their are two sides to surveillance capitalism

Browsers are in the news with the new Firefox build getting a full throated rave review from the NYT.  Bowser privacy and the non profit status of Firefox as key differentiators.

These are privacy-conscious web products that Mozilla is in a position to expand on in the long term.

WSJ has a piece   “What the Airline Knows About the Guy in Seat 14C”   The below line should give everyone pause.

United rolled out a new app to its flight attendants earlier this year with so much information about people, the airline has been reluctant to turn on all the functionality.  ….“There is definitely an opportunity for us to leverage the data that we have on customers a little bit more,”

Media

Instagram announced  IGTV  and benchmark of a Billion users at a presser.  IGTV is a new app for watching long-form, vertical video. Key features: videos are full screen and vertical.each video can be up to an hour long.

Comments are coming due on Sinclair and Tribune, MB Docket 17-179,  Comments and Petitions to Deny are due by August 7, 2017; Oppositions are due by August 22, 2017; and Replies to Oppositions are due by August 29, 2017.

I defy anyone to find the public comment page through search or navigation on the FCC site.  Search  Sinclair public comment  – and get 400+ irrelevant results.  Go to the main page for the case and find no links to public commentDark UI by design.  Best I can tell this is the page for public comment. Take the time to weigh in before its too late.

While on the FCC There needs to be a focused campaign to reinstate “The Fairness Doctrine”   TFD was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the Commission’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced.

Arts notes...

The author Samantha Hunt’s  apocalypse library