Articles about Digital Media

Political Ad Policies at Facebook, Twitter, and Google

The biggest and most widely-used technology platforms and services are being scrutinized ahead of the 2020 US presidential election. The central issue pins truth against freedom of speech, and whether user content or advertisers should be fact-checked by platforms that host and profit from said content. For Facebook, Twitter, and Google, that…

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Legislation Emerging to Curb Violent Posts on Social Media

Social media has accumulated remarkable power. Large companies like Facebook have aggressively expanded into new territories, further fueling growth and revenue – Facebook has a staggering 2.38 billion monthly active users as of March 31, 2019. But growth at all costs has come at a price. Facebook has taken its share of…

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U.K. Proposes More Taxes on Tech – Will the World Follow?

Few could imagine a functional life without Google, Amazon, or Facebook. But the overwhelming surge of influence and clout has brought with it a series of complicated questions. Key among them is an issue governments worldwide continue to grapple with: how do you properly tax companies whose economic activity is primarily generated…

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Facebook’s Data-Sharing Partnerships and the Limits of Privacy Protections

Our world runs increasingly on data. Concurrent with the rise of tools developed to analyze and glean insights from massive reams of information is the ascendance of data as a kind of currency—an aggregation of potential insights to help companies sell products, services, and more. Tech giants like Amazon, Google, Apple, and…

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Google vs. EU: Antitrust Conflict Timeline

The European Commission’s investigation of Google’s alleged misconduct has done nothing but expand and intensify over the last six years. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s Competition Commissioner appointed in the midst of the investigations, has spearheaded the ‘don’t back down’ attitude taken by the EU. She resisted her predecessors’ efforts to settle the…

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Lacking in Transparency: The Google Transparency Project

In April 2016, the Campaign for Accountability (CfA) launched the Google Transparency Project (GTP), aimed at creating an online resource for the public to explore the relationship between Google and the government—and the impact of this relationship on American lives. In a statement, CfA Executive Director Anne Weisman said, “Google has long…

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Open to Content: A Look at the Case for Net Neutrality

On June 14, 2016 the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Rules. The Court’s ruling came after more than a decade of intense debate over the relationship between Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the Federal Government, and internet users. Twice before, attempts by the…

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Technical Analysis Contributes to Unexpected Verdict in FilmOn Case

Video streaming company FilmOn won a surprising victory in federal District Court this month in a case in which Dr. Sigurd Meldal, a computer scientist at Quandary Peak Research, provided expert witness testimony related to FilmOn’s video streaming servers. Other Quandary Peak consultants were also retained through FilmOn’s counsel, Baker Marquart LLP,…

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Quandary Peak Assists in Nokia v. HTC Patent Litigation

Nokia’s recent settlement with HTC over smartphone patents was widely reported in the media on Friday, resulting in the dismissal of all pending patent litigation worldwide between the two companies. Industry observers widely cited the outcome as an important step for Nokia in its effort to generate royalties from its patent portfolio.…

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Android’s Stagefright Media Player Architecture

A significant portion of today’s mobile devices run on top of Android OS. One of the reasons for the widespread adoption of Android is its open source nature. While this allows any programmer to look beyond the basic API (referred to as the Application Framework), understanding and modifying the lower layers of…

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