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  • 4:05 pm

Uber is now facing multiple lawsuits over its huge data breach

Uber is now facing multiple lawsuits over its huge data breach
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Uber just can’t stop making news. After it was revealed that the ride-hailing giant paid hackers $100,000 to stay silent about the data breach of 57 million account holders, regulators around the world–including the U.K., Australia, and the Philippines–announced that they were investigating the company. Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission joined that list, saying it was “closely evaluating the serious issues raised.”

Today, Uber can add three potential class-action lawsuits to the difficult issues it has to deal with, reports the Washington Post. In addition, the attorneys general of New York, Missouri, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are also launching an investigation.APH

  • 2:23 pm

Black Friday panic at Macy’s: People report credit card system outage

Black Friday panic at Macy’s: People report credit card system outage
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Macy’s might have celebrated an increase in share price on Black Friday, but it seems like the retailer will end the day with a lot of lost sales. Many of its customers recently took to Twitter to complain that its credit card machines are down, and that they can only pay with cash.

It’s safe to say that customers won’t be the only one annoyed about this mishap. Black Friday, after all, is still one of their biggest days of the year, sales-wise. Earlier this morning, Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette told CNBC that the holiday season is off to “a strong start” and that the retailer was performing better than it was last year. Perhaps he spoke to soon?

We reached out to Macy’s for comment. Via Twitter direct message, a representative wrote, “it is taking longer than usual to process some credit and gift cards in our stores, but we have added additional associates to the floor and are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.” We will update this post if we learn more.APH

  • 1:02 pm

Black Friday might be dying, but traditional retail isn’t going away

Black Friday might be dying, but traditional retail isn’t going away
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In the age of Amazon, it’s easy to be pessimistic about the future of traditional retail. What’s the use of malls when we can buy stuff from the comfort of our own beds, where we don’t have to deal with crowds or rude shop assistants? And at this particular time of the year, why on earth would anyone bring on an additional source of stress?

But as Fast Company‘s Austin Carr points outthe so called “retail apocalypse” is not going to doom all physical retailers. At least, not retailers who successfully leverage what Amazon doesn’t have–be it personalized service or “the insights and personal connection of fellow humans.” Carr traveled across America to glean insights from thriving retailers–from Warby Parker to a high-end fashion menswear store in Minneapolis, MartinPatrick3.

In fact, despite data showing that many of us aren’t that enthused about Black Friday, a number of retailers saw their shares increase today. Macy’s saw its shares go up  by 3.4% while Nordstrom went up by 1.1%, as reported by Reuters.

The takeaway? Amazon’s not going to drive all retailers away–at least not those who are willing to be creative and provide an experience for customers that the tech giant can’t provide.

You can read Carr’s full dispatch here.APH

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  • 11:19 am

Uber to U.K. Supreme Court: Drivers don’t deserve workers’ rights

Uber to U.K. Supreme Court: Drivers don’t deserve workers’ rights
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Uber might have lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers need to be classified as workers with minimum-wage rights in the U.K., but it’s not backing down. After failing to persuade the Employment Appeal Tribunal earlier this month, Uber is now taking its fight all the way to the Supreme Court–The U.K.’s highest appellate court–according to Reuters. An Uber spokesperson confirmed to Reuters, “We have this afternoon requested permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court in order that this case can be resolved sooner rather than later.”

Uber continues to argue that its drivers are self-employed, and as a result are not entitled to benefits like paid holidays and minimum wage. This legal battle is one of the ride-hailing giant’s many headaches in the U.K. In September, Uber lost its license to operate in London, forcing new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to write a “public apology” in the Evening Standard, London’s daily newspaper.APH

  • 10:46 am

Dish ends its Thanksgiving blackout of CBS

Satellite TV provider Dish Network has finally reached an agreement with broadcaster CBS over its fees, The Wall Street Journal reports. The spat between the two parties temporarily caused a three-day blackout of CBS stations, along with other stations owned by CBS. More than 2 million Dish subscribers were reportedly affected–missing out on CBS’s Thanksgiving Day NFL game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys, according to CNBC.

As we previously reported, Dish is no stranger to contract disputes and implementing blackouts, to the point where it even has a website explaining “what’s happening with your local stations?” For now, its spar with CBS is over. But the financial terms are under wraps, so we don’t know what it took for the blackout to end.APH

Google summoned by regulators for secretly tracking users’ locations

Google summoned by regulators for secretly tracking users’ locations
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Earlier this week, we found out that Google has been secretly tracking location data for Android users, collecting addresses of nearby cell towers (Cell IDs) even when users took out their SIM card or disabled location tracking services. Now, regulators in Korea and the U.K. are investigating the tech giant, according to a report by CNN.

When asked about the practice, Google said in a statement that it is taking steps to end this practice, and has discarded the data. If the Korean Communications Commission finds Google guilty of collecting Cell IDs without the users’ consent, the company might be in breach of South Korea’s Location Data Protection Act. U.K. data protection officials are “in contact with Google” but have not yet announced a formal inquiry.APH

  • 9:48 am

McDonald’s has a glorious Black Friday message for us all

Happy Black Friday to you and yours. It’s that special holiday when millions of people get up insanely early (or even camp out overnight!) to brave stampedes of demonic shoppers in the hopes of finding moderately better priced consumer goods. It’s possible whoever mans McDonald’s social media was pulling an all-nighter too. At 2 a.m. this morning, the fast food account’s Twitter published this:

This could be a simple mistake, or–who knows–maybe it’s one of those irreverent viral marketing schemes. Whatever it is, there’s only really one thing to say: “**** Need copy and link****.”CGW

  • 9:25 am

Amazon is dealing with a wave of Black Friday strikes in Europe

Amazon is dealing with a wave of Black Friday strikes in Europe
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Black Friday isn’t merely a U.S. phenomenon. In fact, retailers from other parts of the world–including Europe–have implemented heavy post-Thanksgiving discounts in hopes of higher sales volumes. Today, more than 500 Amazon workers at Italy’s Piacenza site have agreed to go on strike, after failing to negotiate bonuses with the e-commerce giant, Reuters reports. In Germany, workers will reportedly be on strike at six distribution centers because of ongoing disputes over pay and working conditions.

German workers are expected to end their strike on Saturday, according to The Associated Press. Ver.di, a German trade union, has been pushing for higher pay since 2013, claiming Amazon workers receive below average wages compared to other retail and mail order employees. Amazon, however, reportedly insists that its distribution centers are “logistic centers” and the company’s wages are “relatively high” for that industry. The Italian strike will last only one day, but the employees have also agreed to stop working overtime until December 31.

It’s unclear whether the strike will really mess up Amazon’s fulfillment plans for Black Friday. Not to mention, Black Friday might be dying a slow death, because many of us find the prospect of holiday shopping in one day too stressful, even if we do it from our couch.APH

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  • 9:00 am

10 ways to give back this holiday season

10 ways to give back this holiday season
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If there’s anything we learned from countless viewings of The Muppet Christmas Carol, it’s that it is a good idea to be generous. Now the holidays are upon us and ’tis the season to give back. As you give thanks for the roof over your head, the flu shot you got, and the Seamless delivery app, remember to think of those less fortunate. If the threat of a visit from Ebenezer Scrooge and his three ghost friends doesn’t encourage you to give, remember that you can usually write off your charitable donations on your taxes, too.

Before you open your wallet or your PayPal account, do a little research. Sites like Guidestar and Charity Navigator are good resources for picking the right charity.

Puerto Rico still needs help, so consider donating to Unidos por Puerto Rico, which connects the private sector to those in need. Donations can be sent in a variety of ways, including PayPal.

With news that the Trump administration is ending a visa program that granted 59,000 Haitians temporary visas after the 2010 earthquake, consider giving to Hope for Haiti’s Children. The program focuses on improving the lives of the children through education programs, caring for orphans, providing medical care, and more. They also have a perfect score from Charity Navigator, so your donation will go far.

Crowdfunding site GlobalGiving connects donors to nonprofits and companies around the world. Choose between worthy causes like helping improve the lives of young girls in Pakistan or fundraising to help slow the spread of HIV in Uganda, or teaching street kids in Rwanda about the power of the internet.

Doctors Without Borders (also known as Médecins Sans Frontières) is on the ground around the world bringing medical care to war zones, refugee camps, and almost anywhere that people need help. If you’re cash-strapped, you can also donate airplane miles to the organization.

DirectRelief, which has a perfect score on Charity Navigator, provides medical assistance to people affected by poverty and disaster in the U.S.  and around the world.

WildAid is fighting to end illegal wildlife trafficking around the globe. They are working to stop the ivory trade, ban shark fin hunting, and keep rhino horns where they belong (on rhinos). Plus, they have a perfect score from Charity Navigator and a video of Jackie Chan fighting to save pangolins from untimely deaths.

Want to give goods instead of cash? Try GiveBackBox, where you fill a box with donations, print a shipping label from their website, and drop it off at the post office. GiveBackBox’s partners will pay for the shipping.

The work of MAP International flies under the radar, because they put a whopping 99.3% of donations directly into their good work—and not into glossy marketing materials. Founded in 1954, they provide humanitarian assistance and medicines to those in need in more than 100 countries,

The Conservation Fund has helped save 7.8 million acres of land and water since 1985. They’ve worked to preserve bat habitats in Arkansas, helped protect the homes of Florida panthers, helped save farmland in Michigan, and did it all while earning a top score from Charity Navigator.

UNHCR, the refugee agency for the United Nations, provides critical humanitarian aid to refugees. They do everything from distribute emergency aid and shelter materials to helping unaccompanied children, the elderly, and survivors of sexual trauma in refugee camps.ML

Firefox will soon warn you if you’re visiting a previously hacked site

Firefox will soon warn you if you’re visiting a previously hacked site
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Firefox is looking out for you. Mozilla’s web browser will soon warn users if the website they’re viewing was once a victim of hacking, according to Engadget.

Mozilla is reportedly building the new feature in conjunction with Have I Been Pwned, a site that helps consumers determine if their data has been breached, or if their credentials were stolen. Troy Hunt, founder of Have I Been Pwned, tweeted Wednesday, “Yes, we’re doing some awesome things with @mozilla and @haveibeenpwned,” adding, “surprised at how much positive feedback this is garnering so quickly.”

Firefox will offer a warning, but it won’t prevent users from actually entering the site. The feature is currently in its early stages, but an add-on prototype is reportedly available for download during a testing period.

Mozilla seems to be making moves to try and be a stronger competitor in the web browser space. Earlier this month, the company claimed Firefox is now twice as fast as it was six months ago and uses 30% less memory than Google’s Chrome browser. It also showcased a new slick redesign–one that features sharper edges and darker tones. Currently, Google Chrome dominates the market, at roughly 54%, with Safari following at 14%. Firefox, meanwhile, remains at 6%.RR

Beer in space: Budweiser makes plans for life on Mars

Beer in space: Budweiser makes plans for life on Mars
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Those Clydesdales better start shaping up: Budweiser has its sights set on space travel.

Last March, Anheuser-Busch announced it had big plans for its beer–namely, getting it to Mars. Now it looks like the company is actually doing it. Budweiser is working with the Center for Advancement of Science in Space, which manages research facilities on the International Space Station, for a tasty experiment: On Dec. 4th, 20 Budweiser barley seeds and other beer ingredients will board a SpaceX rocket bound for the station. The intention, says those involved, is scientific research (and, well, having a little fun).

“For the national lab, we’re always looking at how researchers can take advantage of microgravity environments to benefit life on earth,” Center for the Advancement of Science in Space marketing and communications manager Patrick O’Neill told Fast Company last spring. “When we’re working with Budweiser, the caveat is always ‘How is the Earth benefitting?'”

Not to mention, astronauts certainly wouldn’t mind a cold one.

“We have a lot of stuff that reminds you of home, but we don’t have beer,” said retired astronaut Clay Anderson. “Would it totally change the experience? No. Would it make it better? Absolutely. If we had a holodeck, that would totally change the experience.”RR

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Elon Musk built the world’s biggest battery–in just two months

Elon Musk built the world’s biggest battery–in just two months
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Elon Musk kept his promise: The SolarCity chairman successfully built the world’s biggest lithium-ion battery in South Australia–ahead of schedule.

In July, Tesla and French renewable energy company Neoen were awarded the contract to help the country deal with its energy problems following a 2016 statewide blackout. The Tesla founder was so enthusiastic about the effort that he even tweeted this summer, “100 days from contract signature or it’s free.”

According to a local state government website, the 100-megawatt Tesla Powerpacks set has now been fully installed and will be energized in the next few days as it enters a phase of regulatory testing. Tesla said it will be able to power more than 30,000 homes, approximately equal to the amount of homes that lost power during the blackout period.

The Verge reported that the battery is estimated to have cost $50 million.

“The world’s largest lithium-ion battery will be an important part of our energy mix, and it sends the clearest message that South Australia will be a leader in renewable energy with battery storage,” said South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill in a statement. He also acknowledged that “an enormous amount of work has gone in to delivering this project in such a short time.”RR

Swarovski delves into man-made gems

Swarovski delves into man-made gems
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As man-made stones make a bigger dent in the jewelry industry, luxe labels are more readily adopting them.

The New York Times reports that Atelier Swarovski–the brand that collaborates with designers such as Jason Wu and Christopher Kane–is now using diamonds and emeralds created in labs.

These are far different from inexpensive diamond substitutes, such as cubic zirconia or rhinestones. Susan Jacques, the president and chief executive of the Gemological Institute of America, said man-made diamonds, for example, have the same clarity, color, and hardness as ones pulled from the earth.

“To the naked eye, they are identical,” she said.

Atelier Swarovski designer Nadja Swarovski explained that such laboratory gems “have a lower impact on the environment and society,” and are therefore often more appealing to today’s conscious consumer. “People want to know where their products come from. People care.”

Lab diamonds have existed since the ’50s, and have made a small dent in the engagement ring market. However, they are yet to take off in the mainstream diamond market. Diamond Foundry, which produces lab-grown diamonds in San Francisco, is one such company that is hopeful that the industry will further consider joining their efforts.

“Grown diamonds can be even better than real diamonds in terms of the ecological and social costs,” Diamond Foundry’s chief technology officer, Jeremy Scholz, told the Times. “The energy that we use is from 100 percent renewable sources. It’s a sustainable method. I’m not sure mining companies can say the same thing.”RR

FTC: We are evaluating “serious issues” in Uber data breach

FTC: We are evaluating “serious issues” in Uber data breach
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In light of Uber’s recent data breach, the ride-hailer is being investigated by regulators in the U.K., Australia, the Philippines, and New York. Now the Federal Trade Commission is joining that list, reports TechCrunch.

The FTC responded to reports that Uber paid off hackers to conceal the fact that data of 57 million account holders had been breached. In a statement, an agency spokesman told Reuters, “We are aware of press reports describing a breach in late 2016 at Uber and Uber officials’ actions after that breach. We are closely evaluating the serious issues raised.

Earlier this week, current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi issued a public apology. “None of this should have happened, and I will not make excuses for it,” he said in a statement. “While I can’t erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes.”

This is one of many issues that have plagued Uber recently. In the last year, the company was hit with a lawsuit over gender pay discrimination, fined $8.9 million by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, and lost its license to operate in London, among other issues.RR

Peter Thiel might not be done with Gawker after all

Peter Thiel might not be done with Gawker after all
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Is Peter Thiel not yet done with Gawker?

When the billionaire Silicon Valley investor funded the lawsuit that bankrupted the media company, most assumed the drama would be forever laid to rest. But Thiel wants the opportunity to bid on Gawker’s remains, according to the Wall Street Journal. On Wednesday, lawyers for the controversial figure filed papers in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York claiming he was excluded from bidding on the shuttered website’s archives–which some have predicted, he would want to edit and/or erase.

As such, the lawyers requested pausing the sale of Gawker assets until bidding issues are resolved: “By wrongly excluding Mr. Thiel, the most able and logical purchaser, from the sale process on specious grounds…the Plan Administrator will only depress the value to be achieved in any sale,” reads the filing, which was first reported by BuzzFeed.

The public response was swift, with many criticizing Thiel’s purported moves on social media.

According to BuzzFeed, the spokesperson for Thiel declined to comment, and his counsel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.RR

Small ISP disputes FCC claim that net neutrality hurts small ISPs

Small ISP disputes FCC claim that net neutrality hurts small ISPs
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After 50 pages of legalese, the FCC’s new order on net neutrality makes its case for why regulations are bad for broadband companies and consumers. The biggest argument—pushed by major ISPs like Comcast—is that “Open Internet Order” regulations have made ISPs gun-shy about investing, depressing spending by billions per year. Ironically, Comcast was among several ISPs that actually increased investment in that time period. Analysis by Morgan Stanley says that wireless carriers may have over-invested because they were too optimistic about the demand for faster service.

In particular, the FCC highlights the burden of net neutrality regulations on smaller ISPs. Citing input from the American Cable Association, they argue, “Small ISPs state that these increased compliance costs and regulatory burdens have forced them to divert money and attention away from planned broadband service and network upgrades and expansions.”

But not all smaller ISPs agree. “No, this doesn’t align with our experience. We haven’t experienced any material cost related to compliance with the Open Internet Order,” writes Dane Jasper, CEO of Santa Rosa, California-based Sonic, in an email to Fast Company.

Sonic has about 100,000 customers and is expanding in cities like San Francisco, challenging big ISPs for market share. So it’s not surprising that the ISP isn’t chummy with the likes of AT&T, Comcast, or Verizon on political issues. Sonic is also touting net neutrality as a differentiator and has aligned itself with activists who support regulation.

Jasper claims that growing customer appetite for video, not regulations, is what’s hurting some ISPs—especially the wireless ISPs that operate in rural areas where it isn’t economical to string cable or fiber. They don’t want to invest in upgrades, he claims.

“I personally know a number of WISPs that use equipment…to throttle Netflix. They say without doing this, they’d have to upgrade sectors and backhaul radios, as well as upstream connections,” says Jasper. “I say it’s disingenuous at best to sell consumers ’15Mbps,’ but then to de-prioritize and throttle some types of traffic because the uplink is full. That’s a fundamental neutrality violation, and I believe it is the reason for the large number of WISPs who have supported Pai’s efforts to overturn consumer protections.”SC

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In CBS contract spat, Dish asks watchers to pressure advertisers

In CBS contract spat, Dish asks watchers to pressure advertisers
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Satellite TV provider Dish Network has a long history of contract battles with broadcasters that don’t get resolved until those networks temporarily go dark on subscribers’ screens. Dish is currently sparring with CBS in such a spat over the terms of a new deal.

Now, in a bid to move things along, Variety reports that Dish is apparently trying to get its subscribers in on the action by asking them to put pressure on local advertisers. The hope is that the marketers may in turn twist CBS’s arm to end the standoff that resulted in 28 local CBS stations in 18 markets disappearing from Dish on November 21:

The U.S.’s No. 2 satellite operator is encouraging customers affected by the blackout of CBS across the country on Dish to reach out to businesses that advertise on the broadcaster’s local stations ‘to let them know you need their help getting CBS to end this dispute.’

These contract disputes happen often enough that Dish has a web page that explains why they happen, and what customers can do to help get their favorite stations back. “When channel disputes occur, Dish is acting as an advocate on your behalf to negotiate the best deal possible,” it states.

Here’s a little history of other recent Dish disputes with broadcast networks, including a previous standoff with CBS:

2014: Dish vs. CBS

2014: Dish vs. CNN

2014: Dish vs. Fox

Under pressure, Facebook agrees to give users some disclosure on Russian content

Under pressure, Facebook agrees to give users some disclosure on Russian content
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If you were the kind of person who got into it with friends during the 2016 election–either during the Democratic primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders or the general election between Clinton and Donald Trump–you very likely based some of your arguments on fake content promoted by Russia.

Recently Facebook has come under fire for allowing Russian trolls from the shadowy Internet Research Agency to post false content in a bid to throw a wrench in our elections. The latest estimate is that 150 million people saw at least some of that content on Facebook or Instagram. (The tally on Instagram is still growing, according to an analysis of some of the data.Yet, while there has been an outcry for Facebook to pay a price for allowing this activity in the first place, real consequences are unlikely to happen once the dust settles.

[courtesy of Facebook]
Still, under pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company announced today it will launch a portal that will tell users if they liked or followed Russian-sponsored accounts between January 2015 and August 2017. The portal, however, will not detail what posts those users saw. Because of the way that content spreads on Facebook, many more users saw the Russian posts than followed or liked the pages that made them. 

“It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 U.S. election,” Facebook wrote in an un-bylined blog post. “This tool will be available for use by the end of the year in the Facebook Help Center.”

Today was also the deadline Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) gave chief executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter to respond to demands that the companies provide more disclosure to individual users. “Consumer service entities like yours have long understood their duty to inform their users after mistakes are uncovered,” Blumenthal wrote to Zuckerberg in a letter earlier this month. Meanwhile, a petition launched on Change.org last month calling on Facebook to notify American Facebook users if they were exposed to Russian propaganda has received over 88,000 signatures.

This is a start. It would also be great if Facebook would proactively alert you if you’ve seen–or especially if you’ve shared–individual Russian-sponsored posts, and what they said. At a Senate hearing last month, Facebook’s general counsel indicated there would be substantial “technical challenges associated” with notifying users that they’ve been subjected to disinformation. But generally speaking, “it’s absolutely not technically difficult,” Krishna Bharat, a former research scientist at Google who led the search giant’s early News product efforts, told Fast Company recently. Facebook, Twitter, and Google, after all, have built their businesses around tracking exactly what their users click.DT

New York’s top prosecutor looking into bots that flooded the FCC with fake net neutrality comments

New York’s top prosecutor looking into bots that flooded the FCC with fake net neutrality comments
Eric Schneiderman [Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)]

The FCC just announced that it is doing away with Obama-era net neutrality rules, with a vote on the order expected to take place at its meeting on December 14. While there may be no way to save net neutrality as we’ve come to know it, one man is not giving up the fight: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. He wants to get to the bottom of the burning question: Who knows how to make a bot, but also hates net neutrality?

As we reported back in May, an anti-net neutrality bot posted more than 58,000 identical comments in what appeared to be a flagrant attempt to influence the results of the request for public feedback about the FCC’s plan to do away with net neutrality rules. Now Schneiderman is investigating what he calls “a massive scheme” to fill the FCC’s site with fake public comments opposing net neutrality. Schneiderman wrote an open letter on Medium–and a tweet, natch–to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, pointing out that the FCC’s process may have “been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities” in a violation of New York state law. However, according to Schneiderman the FCC isn’t assisting in his investigation into the potential crime, but seems to be ignoring it as it favors their agenda. Schneiderman lambasted the agency for failing to provide him with information he considers to be “critical” to his investigation into the matter. 

In his open letter,  Schneiderman encouraged the FCC to reconsider its “refusal” to help in the criminal investigation. He wrote, “In an era where foreign governments have indisputably tried to use the internet and social media to influence our elections, federal and state governments should be working together to ensure that malevolent actors cannot subvert our administrative agencies’ decision-making processes.”ML

ICE is recruiting tech companies to build tools to monitor visa holders’ social media accounts

Last week, the Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) gave a presentation at a tech industry conference. In it, the agency discussed its plans to monitor United States visa holders’ social media use, and even made a call for new algorithms to aid this pursuit, reports ProPublica. Tech companies in attendance include Microsoft, Accenture, Deloitte, and Motorola Solutions.

According to ProPublica, the agency is looking to build “a tool equipped with “risk-based matrices” to predict dangers posed by visa holders, with the social media of those considered a threat under continuous surveillance throughout their stay in the U.S.” ICE added that it has already spoken to companies, but did not mention more specifics.

Read the entire ProPublica piece here.CGW

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