Our focus at CaSMa tends to be on safeguarding the rights of the individual in a world where digital innovation is changing the status quo. While we are accustomed to think of privacy or personal property on an individual based level, the extension of these concepts at the collective or non-human level is usually at the crux of copyright issues. This week marked an individual’s moral victory on the issue over in America: the ruling in an eight year old trial stated that holders must respect the right of fair use of copyrighted material.
The current general appreciation for cross-disciplinary pollination has long ceased to be a novelty so it will not come as a surprise that CaSMa has found a legitimate reason to join the Corpus Linguistics 2015 conference hosted between 20-24th July 2015 by UCREL (University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language) at Lancaster University, UK.
Passion and enthusiasm for the art of words were not dampened despite the fact that the proceedings were sadly held in memory of Professor Geoffrey Leech, the linguist of international calibre around whom both this annual conference and the very UCREL initially coalesced. His memory was fittingly honoured by a rich event, running at all times with four simultaneous, well packed streams spanning a multitude of corpus interests.
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As social media relentlessly works to establish itself as a mainstay in all aspects of our communication, three consequences become increasingly evident: the constant remapping of social media to serve new purposes threatens to make digital competencies a requirement even for those who currently consider themselves safe from it; the more social media develops in complexity and utility, the more it reveals new associated dangers; there are tremendous intellectual and economic opportunities stemming from the need to address both these issues.
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On 27 January, Ofcom (The Office of Communications, UK’s communications regulator) released their statement on the Internet of Things. The statement is understandably much discussed in this week’s press but it fails to overshadow an equally important event for the topic: on the same day, the FTC (the Federal Trade Commission, US’s trade regulator) published their report on the issue. Given that the Internet of Things is expected to greatly impact industry and population life-style at a global level, the two documents merit a much closer reading and comparison than I can accomplish here. Continue reading Ofcom and FTC reports on the Internet of Things
Although hindsight vision is said to be 20/20, information does not automatically equal insight. Here’s a small collection of aggregated information about the year that just left us. Even without going into speculation about what it means, it might prove sufficiently entertaining for a few minutes.
This week’s tech news took on a bleak hue when DarkHotel articles started popping up everywhere. The story is simple: some corporate executives using hotel provided internet access have been targeted by hackers for their (presumably) juicy data. It’s been going on for years, at an international scale and it manages to reach that little paranoid spot in us that’s so easily fuelled by the general blur of tentative tech skills and fast paced IT changes. Combine this with a codename worthy of 007 and you have an instant journalistic boon.