Associated Press: Rohingya seek reparations from Facebook for role in massacre

Associated Press: Rohingya seek reparations from Facebook for role in massacre. “For years, Facebook, now called Meta Platforms Inc., pushed the narrative that it was a neutral platform in Myanmar that was misused by malicious people, and that despite its efforts to remove violent and hateful material, it unfortunately fell short. That narrative echoes its response to the role it has played in other conflicts around the world, whether the 2020 election in the U.S. or hate speech in India. But a new and comprehensive report by Amnesty International states that Facebook’s preferred narrative is false.”

CBS News: Residents can follow complaints against SFPD officers on new website

CBS News: Residents can follow complaints against SFPD officers on new website. “The San Francisco Department of Police Accountability has launched a case status tracking portal to make it easier for complainants to follow their case, submit documents and investigate hearing requests. The department works separately from the San Francisco Police Department to independently review the public’s allegations of misconduct and abuse from police officers.”

WISH: Indiana Board of Education demos new school data tool for parents

WISH: Indiana Board of Education demos new school data tool for parents. “The site will provide visual representations of all data pertaining to an individual school, school corporation or the state as a whole. Parents and educators will be able to see data points related to math and reading scores, graduation rates and percentages of students earning college credit through high school courses. They’ll also be able to filter data by factors such as, students on free or reduced-price meal plans, race or ethnicity.”

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: New US company owner database ‘taking way too long’ to implement, experts warn

International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: New US company owner database ‘taking way too long’ to implement, experts warn. “After ICIJ’s FinCEN Files investigation, transparency advocates cheered a new law mandating a beneficial ownership register in the U.S. Two years later, experts are expressing serious concerns.”

Rolling Stone: Trump’s Social Media Company Is Trying to Hide Its Struggles From the Public

Rolling Stone: Trump’s Social Media Company Is Trying to Hide Its Struggles From the Public. “Like Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms, Truth Social used to allow users to endlessly scroll through an account’s followers and the accounts who amplified or engaged with its posts. That data is helpful in assessing the site’s overall health and legitimate growth rate. But now, Truth Social is guarding access to that information more closely.”

ABC News: First public global database of fossil fuels launches

ABC News: First public global database of fossil fuels launches. “A first-of-its-kind database for tracking the world’s fossil fuel production, reserves and emissions launches on Monday to coincide with climate talks taking place at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Global Registry of Fossil Fuels includes data from over 50,000 oil, gas and coal fields in 89 countries. That covers 75% of global reserves, production and emissions, and is available for public use, a first for a collection of this size.”

TechCrunch: Unsealed docs in Facebook privacy suit offer glimpse of missing app audit

TechCrunch: Unsealed docs in Facebook privacy suit offer glimpse of missing app audit. “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover up… The scandal-hit company formerly known as Facebook has fought for over four years to keep a lid on the gory details of a third party app audit that its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally pledged would be carried out, back in 2018, as he sought to buy time to purge the spreading reputational stain after revelations about data misuse went viral at the peak of the Cambridge Analytica privacy crisis. But some details are emerging nonetheless — extracted like blood from a stone via a tortuous, multi-year process of litigation-triggered legal discovery.”

Globe and Mail: Justin Trudeau, Google and Canada’s loophole-filled lobbying rules

Globe and Mail: Justin Trudeau, Google and Canada’s loophole-filled lobbying rules. “The PM’s lobbying-that-wasn’t-lobbying chat doesn’t mean Google’s win was preordained. Waterfront Toronto has always said the process was fair. But what’s certain is Ottawa spent years withholding salient details about its role in a major public project. And the system to hold Ottawa accountable was once more exposed as filled with loopholes.”

EIN: LobbyingData.com Announces the Launch of the First-Ever Publicly Available Real-Time View of American Lobbying (PRESS RELEASE)

EIN: LobbyingData.com Announces the Launch of the First-Ever Publicly Available Real-Time View of American Lobbying (PRESS RELEASE). “LobbyingData sources all of the thousands of lobbying exchanges everyday and distills the information into an easy to understand, tabular dashboard – providing transparency to the public into the notoriously opaque and powerful industry of lobbying. The dashboard is accessible on web and mobile.”

Internet Archive Blog: Building Democracy’s Library—Celebrate with the Internet Archive on October 19

Internet Archive Blog: Building Democracy’s Library—Celebrate with the Internet Archive on October 19. “Why is it that on the internet the best information is often locked behind paywalls? Brewster Kahle, founder of The Internet Archive, believes it’s time to turn that scarcity model upside down and build an internet based on abundance. Join us for an evening event where he’ll share a new project—Democracy’s Library—a free, open, online compendium of government research and publications from around the world. Why? Because democracies need an educated citizenry to thrive.” The event will be both in-person and virtual.