'Websites' Category

NSA vs. IAB – Where To Look for Privacy Threats

Posted by Bill Guild on March 26th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Recently there have been stories in the national news about digital privacy violations: messages being intercepted by social media platforms, phone data being collected by the government, and internet users having their online behaviors tracked without consent. Due to breaches in internet privacy, U.S. legislators are calling for restrictions on data use by advertisers. It seems that the issue of privacy is not about to blow over anytime soon. As such, it may be useful to examine how we think about privacy – not what our individual positions are on privacy, but rather the process of evaluating the uses and users that cause us to define our individual positions.
When evaluating privacy, there are two questions to consider:

Is the information that another party can request or acquire about me potentially harmful, if used in an unacceptable manner?
Can the party that requests the information use it in an unacceptable manner or transfer it to another party that might use it in an unacceptable manner?

For example: does the National Security Agency (NSA) have or collect any information that could be used to harm someone? The answer is: they have names, addresses, and current GPS coordinates. If they wanted, they have the capability to... Read more

GDC 2014: Reflections and Ruminations

Posted by Neal Leavitt on March 25th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

So another Game Developers Conference (GDC) has come and gone – 400 panels, roundtable discussions, lectures, tutorials, 350 exhibitors, 20,000+ attendees. Seems like every gaming publication and industry analyst swooned and fawned over Project Morpheus, Oculus Rift, Valve’s Steam Controller and how virtual reality in general is poised to take over the gaming universe.
What was also interesting, however, were the findings of a survey conducted before GDC opened its doors for the 28th time last week, a few emerging gaming industry trends, and one rather dopey game that even its developer said “is a small, broken and stupid game” – yet has now garnered literally millions of views.
The second State of the Industry GDC survey polled more than 2,600 North American game developers who attended last year’s conference. According to GDC, notable trends “include a preference for the PlayStation 4 platform for console developers, the prevalence of self-funded projects and the changing reliance and relationship with publishers.”
The survey indicated that 20 percent of developers intend to release their next game on Sony’s PlayStation 4, slightly edging out Xbox One’s 17 percent. Developers also want to do their own thing – 64 percent want to self-publish. And... Read more

How Vice is Gaining Ground on Major Media Outlets

Posted by Morgan Sims on March 21st, 2014 at 9:09 am

The Internet and social media have changed how we digest news. If a particular outlet isn’t covering a story, or covering it as fully as it could, people will get the information from other sources. The rejection of traditional media has left space for rising stars to keep Americans and global citizens alike informed. One of these rising stars is Vice. Let’s dig deeper into how this indie magazine turned global news source is conquering the media.
Mainstream News Sites are Underperforming
Turn on any morning news show and you’ll think you’re watching Good Morning America. Hard-hitting news like the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight are condensed into digestible sound bites and sandwiched next to stories about otters juggling stones and other viral videos. The goal is to entertain just as much as it is to deliver news.
This isn't what business professionals want, and this isn't what millennials want either. Vice has noticed this and recently launched an online news channel that has received strong praise for its Ukraine coverage. The difference between this channel and your average news network is that the stories next to it aren’t about who hosted SNL this week; they’re about South Sudan, life in Egypt, and other... Read more

SXSW Recap: Innovative Startups Deserve Innovative Domain Names

Posted by Jeremiah Johnston on March 19th, 2014 at 6:24 am

I’m fresh back from another amazing trip to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, and the inspiration I always bring home with me continues to linger like in years past. I was lucky enough to give a presentation on the ins and outs of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). These are the extensions that will be joining .com, .gov, .net, and the others we’ve become accustomed to over the Internet’s nearly three decades in existence. There will be hundreds of new extensions introduced this year, and some of them have already started to go live.
While walking the floor at SXSW, it’s hard not to be impressed by the many, truly innovative startup companies in attendance. But sadly, many of them had names that did their brands little to no justice, and a few of the companies I spoke with told me that they settled for company names simply based on what matching domains were available. Needless to say, most were not aware of the options available among the thousands of new extensions that are becoming accessible.
Herein lies a huge missed opportunity for startups, and one of the main reasons the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is... Read more

Web/Text Messaging Jargon Rules the Biz World

Posted by Neal Leavitt on February 28th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

A client recently emailed me that ‘121 meetings might be the sensible approach’ – we were strategizing about holding a press event in advance of a conference.
SMH (‘Shaking My Head’), I wanted to have a bit of fun so SCNR (‘Sorry, Could Not Resist’), I lobbed back a zinger that we should shoot for 122 meetings, figuring AFAICT (‘As Far As I Can Tell’), the client had inadvertently made a typo.
AWK (‘Awkward’). Brain freeze. He meant ‘1 to 1’.
I thought about adding a smiley along with the reply but TBH (‘To Be Honest’), if I see one more emoticon, FMCDH (‘From My Cold Dead Hands’)…you can fill in the rest here.
All of the aforementioned further elucidates what’s finally happened. Internet/text messaging slang has taken over the business world, for better or worse – so, to quote the Borg from Star Trek, ‘resistance is futile.’
AAR (‘At Any Rate’), I started wondering how certain Internet slang, acronyms and text messaging aphorisms have steadily crept into our daily lives. How did this happen?
AFAICT (‘As Far As I Can Tell’), lots of theories abound but here’s a favorite – Harvard sociology professor Steven Shapin noted a few years ago that... Read more