EurekAlert: A research study analyzes the influence of algorithms on online publicity and advertising

EurekAlert: A research study analyzes the influence of algorithms on online publicity and advertising . “When we look for information on the internet, buy online or use social networks we often see ads relating to our likes or profile. To what extent are these ads chosen by the web’s algorithms? A group of researchers are trying to answer this question under the name of «MyBubble», a science project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and IMDEA Networks Institute.”

ProPublica: Chicago’s Gang Database Is Full of Errors — And Records We Have Prove It

ProPublica: Chicago’s Gang Database Is Full of Errors — And Records We Have Prove It. “During January 1984, the Chicago Police Department labeled more than 700 people as suspected gang members following arrests for various crimes. One was in his early 30s and identified as a member of the Black P Stones. By last fall, nearly 34 years later, that individual was 77 — and still in what police commonly refer to as the department’s ‘gang database.'”

State Scoop: Former U.S. Treasury official is building a financial transparency tool for everyone

State Scoop: Former U.S. Treasury official is building a financial transparency tool for everyone. “Four years ago, Christina Ho led an effort through the U.S. Treasury Department to help Americans track the federal government’s spending of public funds. Now, she’s left government and embarked on a new project: aggregating data from the country’s more than 30,000 municipalities to help citizens shape local policy.”

CBC: Political campaigns are targeting you on Facebook. Help us find out how.

CBC: Political campaigns are targeting you on Facebook. Help us find out how.. “Around 23 million Canadians use Facebook every month, and with elections looming in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick and a federal campaign next year, those users will no doubt be besieged by political ads on the social media platform. But unlike on TV and radio, political ads online are not strictly regulated.”

The Star: Federal department tells researcher his document request will be ready in … 80 years

The Star: Federal department tells researcher his document request will be ready in … 80 years. “Library and Archives Canada is promising to fulfill an Ottawa researcher’s access to information request. It just needs until 2098. In correspondence reviewed by the Star, the federal department said it needed at minimum eight decades to review 780,000 records related to a mysterious RCMP investigation called Project Anecdote.”

Advertising Age: Ads Or Not? DJ Khaled Faces Scrutiny Over Social Media Posts Plugging Booze Brands

Advertising Age: Ads Or Not? DJ Khaled Faces Scrutiny Over Social Media Posts Plugging Booze Brands. “A collection of watchdog groups has done the impossible: They slowed down DJ Khaled’s brand plugs on social media, at least for alcohol. The hip hop star and so-called ‘King of Snapchat’ has dialed back posts mentioning liquor brands after scrutiny from watchdog groups alleging that his boozey social media musings reached minors and were not properly labeled as ads.”

NHPR: New Website Aims To Help N.H. Consumers Compare Health Care Choices

NHPR: New Website Aims To Help N.H. Consumers Compare Health Care Choices. “A website developed by the New Hampshire Insurance Department has new features aimed at helping consumers make educated choices about health care. The department’s health price transparency website…allows residents to compare the price of various health care services across doctors, hospitals and outpatient facilities.”