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IT’S THE LAW (04/27/2021)

A new U.S. bipartisan bill, The Fourth Amendment is Not for Sale Act, is designed to close a law enforcement data access loophole. It requires government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain a court order to access data from brokers that sell personal information. It would also ban the purchase of data obtained illegally, through hacking, or violation of terms of service, or from a user’s account or device, targeting techniques used by Clearview AI and others.

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American Press Institute/Associated Press study finds 1/3 Americans don’t think facts matter

April 27, 2021

A survey of more than 2500 U.S. adults indicates that of five journalism values tested, facts mattered most, but still 1/3 overall didn’t feel facts are the key to knowing what’s true.  There’s even less agreement with other journalism values, with just 29% agreeing that exposing problems is the best way for society to solve them. Support for these values had less to do with political party or ideology than with moral instincts that cut across demographics.

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Grammarly Raises $200 Million to Help People Write Better

November 24, 2021

If robots wrote the news, would they write about other robots?  I ask because there’s been a suspicious burst of items about AI-powered writing tools, just when live journalists might have set things on autopilot so they could sneak out early for the holiday.  Top of the list: writing-suggestion platform Grammarly just raised $200 million at a $13 billion valuation, doubling total funding to $400 million.

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