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 MEDIA BITS AND BYTES – CENSORING CENSORSHIP EDITION  
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 February 6, 2018
Portside 

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 _ Happy birthday Open Source; FBI is reading this; SOS FOIA; Say it
loud; Bitcoin bubble; Free speech and attacks on democracy _ 

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	* OPEN SOURCE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS – SUE GEE (I PROGRAMMER)
 	* THE FBI IS SETTING UP A TASK FORCE TO MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA –
CHIP GIBBONS (THE NATION)
 	* BIG TECH’S BID TO CONTROL FOIA – MYA FRAZIER (COLUMBIA
JOURNALISM REVIEW)
 	* INSIDE AMAZON'S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FLYWHEEL – STEVEN LEVY
(WIRED)
 	* BITCOIN BIGGEST BUBBLE IN HISTORY, SAYS ECONOMIST WHO PREDICTED
2008 CRASH – ANGELA MONAGHAN (THE GUARDIAN)
 	* PRIVATE CENSORSHIP IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT HATE OR DEFEND
DEMOCRACY: HERE ARE SOME BETTER IDEAS – CORYNNE MCSHERRY, JILLIAN C.
YORK, AND CINDY COHN (ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION)

OPEN SOURCE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS

By Sue Gee
February 2, 2018
I Programmer
[http://www.i-programmer.info/news/136-open-source/11518-open-source-celebrates-20-years.html]

The 20th anniversary of Open Source Software is being celebrated on
February 3rd at FOSDEM, taking place in Brussels, Belgium. A new
website has been launched by the Open Source Initiative in connection
with this milestone anniversary.

THE FBI IS SETTING UP A TASK FORCE TO MONITOR SOCIAL MEDIA

By Chip Gibbons
February 1, 2018
The Nation
[https://www.thenation.com/article/the-fbi-is-setting-up-a-task-force-to-monitor-social-media/]

The worst candidate for the job.

BIG TECH’S BID TO CONTROL FOIA

By Mya Frazier
February 2, 2018
Columbia Journalism Review
[https://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/facebook-amazon-foia.php]

Facebook sought to control the release of information, with a highly
unusual demand: Officials must give Facebook at least three days
before responding to any public records request.

INSIDE AMAZON'S ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FLYWHEEL

By Steven Levy
February 1, 2018
Wired
[https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-artificial-intelligence-flywheel/]

How deep learning came to power Alexa, Amazon Web Services, and nearly
every other division of the company.

BITCOIN BIGGEST BUBBLE IN HISTORY, SAYS ECONOMIST WHO PREDICTED 2008
CRASH

By Angela Monaghan
February 2, 2018
The Guardian
[https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/02/bitcoin-biggest-bubble-in-history-says-economist-who-predicted-2008-crash]

Nouriel Roubini calls cryptocurrency the ‘mother of all bubbles’
as it falls below $8,000.

PRIVATE CENSORSHIP IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT HATE OR DEFEND
DEMOCRACY: HERE ARE SOME BETTER IDEAS

By Corynne McSherry, Jillian C. York, and Cindy Cohn
January 30, 2018
Electronic Frontier Foundation
[https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/01/private-censorship-not-best-way-fight-hate-or-defend-democracy-here-are-some]

We are at a critical moment for free expression online and for the
role of the Internet in the fabric of democratic societies. We need to
get this right.

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