Digital Trends: Congress already wants to block rollout of Facebook’s cryptocurrency

Digital Trends: Congress already wants to block rollout of Facebook’s cryptocurrency. “Just a few hours after Facebook announced the details of its Libra cryptocurrency on Tuesday morning, lawmakers in Congress told the social media giant to pump the brakes.”

Ars Technica: 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”

Ars Technica: 47 Democrats cave on net neutrality after GOP calls bill “dead on arrival”. “Forty-seven Democratic members of Congress are calling for a net neutrality compromise with Republicans, who have refused to support a full restoration of the net neutrality rules repealed by the Ajit Pai-led Federal Communications Commission.”

‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records (Virginia Mercury)

Virginia Mercury: ‘We all want to do this faster:’ Library of Virginia needs money to speed production of governors’ records. “The Library of Virginia has slowly processed electronic gubernatorial records with reduced state money for eight years. The library is primarily funded by the state, but the agency has lost more than 60 positions in the last decade because of decreases in funding, Librarian of Virginia Sandra Treadway said. The Library of Virginia currently gets $6.4 million a year from the state and operates a foundation to collect and manage donations Lawmakers have put pressure on the library to work faster, but have shied away from giving the library funding it would need to do so. “

Fronteras: Study In Mexico Reveals Unusual Patterns In Social Media ‘Trolling’

Fronteras: Study In Mexico Reveals Unusual Patterns In Social Media ‘Trolling’. “Social media is a powerful tool for politics, but sometimes its use becomes questionable. A recent study in Mexico reveals an unusual pattern on Twitter, where some attacks work in favor of a top politician: Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO).”

Quartz: Facebook political ads show Modi is still king of social media in India

Quartz: Facebook political ads show Modi is still king of social media in India. “If India’s 2019 parliamentary polls were to be judged entirely by the political advertisements on Facebook, it is all about economics. These ads have predominantly focused on the economy and development. It’s even more clear who is grabbing the limelight: Prime minister Narendra Modi’s name features in far more of these ads than those of his rivals and allies.”

Reuters: U.S. congressional leaders query Google on tracking database

Reuters: U.S. congressional leaders query Google on tracking database. ” Top U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday wrote to Google’s chief executive raising concerns about reports of a massive database known as Sensorvault that allegedly contains precise consumer location information from hundreds of millions of devices.”

Quartz: 2020 candidates’ 404 pages, ranked by cringe factor

Quartz: 2020 candidates’ 404 pages, ranked by cringe factor. “Presidential campaigns have found a way to use every part of the internet to spread extremely-carefully-scripted-but-totally-relatable content about their candidates. The final frontier: their campaign websites’ 404 messages—that is, the error page that pops up when you click on a broken link or try to navigate to a URL within the site that doesn’t exist.”