Of Interest

  • Chicago Schools to Students: Submit to Our Choices for Your Futures or No Diploma

    Date published: 
    July 5, 2017
    Hey, Chicago parents: Are you ready for a bunch of government officials to decide whether your teen has appropriate post-high-school plans?
     
    If you're not, too bad. Your city's school district is pushing forward with its plan to demand—as a requirement to graduate—that seniors prove to the school that they have a plan for the future. What's more, this plan has to match what school administrators think your kid's future should look like.
     
  • Stupid Patent of the Month: Using A Computer To Count Calories

    Author(s): 
    Daniel Nazer
    Publication Date: 
    June 30, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    This month’s stupid patent, like many stupid patents before it, simply claims the idea of using a computer for basic calculations. U.S. Patent No. 6,817,863 (the ’863 patent) is titled “Computer program, method, and system for monitoring nutrition content of consumables and for facilitating menu planning.” It claims the process of using a computer to track nutrition information like calorie or vitamin intake. It is difficult to think of a more basic and trivial use for a computer.

  • Facebook censorship bias detailed in internal documents

    Date published: 
    June 29, 2017

    "Facebook’s “noncommittal” response to the groups’ request last year prompted them to ask to meet with company representatives, but the company did not respond, said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, in an email to SiliconBeat Thursday. Similarly, Facebook did not respond to a petition urging it to change its censorship policies, he said.

    “Now we know why,” Cyril said. “Racial discrimination is built into the structure of how they manage content, and it harms communities of color using the platform. It’s time for a change.”"
  • McMansion Hell Responds to Zillow’s Unfounded Legal Claims

    Author(s): 
    Daniel Nazer
    Publication Date: 
    June 29, 2017
    Publication Type: 
    Other Writing

    Earlier this week, Zillow sent an aggressive cease and desist letter [PDF] to Kate Wagner, the creator of the McMansion Hell website. Zillow demanded that Wagner remove any image originally sourced from Zillow’s site. Today EFF sent a response to Zillow on Wagner’s behalf. Our letter [PDF] explains why none of Zillow’s contentions have any merit.

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