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Weekly Update - August 19, 2017: Google+ Discover, Allo on Desktop, Solar Eclipse, Online extremism

As the summer winds down, updates are heating up. Here’s what happened this week:
Plus there are articles, tips and updates for video creators, live streamers, business owners, webmasters and much more.

Viewing the Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse will be visible across the United States on Monday, August 21. Even if you aren’t in the path of totality, you can watch.

Combating online hate content and extremism

On Saturday, August 12th white supremacists and neo-Nazis rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia. Counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed, and many people were injured. There was a surprisingly swift reaction from tech companies, who shut down payment accounts, web hosting and other online services for neo-Nazi groups. I’ve collected related links below.

I say surprising because these accounts weren’t new. If the online content violated existing terms of service, that means that the terms weren't enforced until there was a violent incident and public outcry. And in the case of Cloudflare, the decision was made unilaterally by the CEO who decided the site owners were “assholes.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has pointed out that not having - and following - a documented takedown process could make it easier for governments and companies to “silence legitimate voices”.  And Tor argues that they "can't build free and open source tools that protect journalists, human rights activists, and ordinary people around the world if we also control who uses those tools." In some cases, it may be clear who the bad guys are, but that isn't always the case - do we trust tech companies to make the "correct" decision?  I'm not sure we should.

Image:
 Hinode satellite’'s view of the eclipse on Jan. 4, 2011. Image Credit: NASA/Hinode/XRT

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(See last week’s roundup for background)

The response to Charlottesville and the fight against online extremism


Posted by Peggy K

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