M.E.D. 7.11.18

Mediaeater Digest Wednesday 11, July 2018

The promises and pitfalls of reporting within chat apps and other semi-open platforms: A journalist’s guide [niemanlab.org]

Media organizations have often struggled to adapt their newsgathering and reporting to the reality of disparate news consumption habits and a public that increasingly favors peer-to-peer messaging platforms and social media networks over more public forums.

Cambridge launches UK’s first quantum network  [cam.ac.uk]

Quantum links are so secure because they rely on particles of light, or photons, to transmit encryption keys through the optical fibre. Should an attacker attempt to intercept the communication, the key itself changes through the laws of quantum mechanics, rendering the stolen data useless.

Philo cheap live-TV streamer raises $40 million from backers AMC, Discovery, Viacom  [CNET]

Philo, which nixes news and sports for a cut-rate bundle costing $16 a month, is also rolling out support for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV

Google Trends Datastore [github]

Download and play with key datasets from Google Trends, curated by the News Lab at Google team.

PayPal dying is against TOS:  PayPal told customer her death breached its rules  [BBC]

It said that Mrs Durdle owed the company about £3,200 and went on to say: “You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased… this breach is not capable of remedy.”

What technologies the Supreme Court may shield next [WashExam]

The Fourth Amendment forbids search and seizure of “persons, houses, papers, and effects,” an imprecise guide for new technologies, particularly considering customers share data with companies.

Experts believe if historical location data weren’t voluntarily shared, neither are other types of data, and that other technologies may gain protection from findings that records taken as a whole are expansive enough to require warrants.

California Shopping Centers Are Spying for an ICE Contractor [EFF]

“Irvine Company is a customer of Vigilant Solutions. Vigilant employs ALPR technology at our three Orange County regional shopping centers. Vigilant is required by contract, and have assured us, that ALPR data collected at these locations is only shared with local police departments as part of their efforts to keep the local community safe.”

mapbox / robosat [Github]

Semantic segmentation on aerial and satellite imagery. Extracts features such as: buildings, parking lots, roads, water

Paper:  PDF : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfamus/papers/icwsm18.pdf

Working with publicly available metadata from Twitter, a machine learning algorithm was able to identify users with 96.7 per cent accuracy

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Rue Chazelles ,construction de la statue de la Liberté dans les ateliers de Bartholdi ,Paris 1879