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USPIRG and CDD Report on Promoting Financial Inclusion and Consumer Protection in the “Big Data” Financial EraSubmitted by demedia on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 20:30
A report written by Ed Mierzwinski of USPIRG and Jeff Chester of CDD.
Submitted by demedia on Mon, 12/02/2013 - 16:10
Andre Schiffrin--the great book publisher and champion of ensuring that public discourse benefted from the intellectual and artisic endeavors of authors, political thinkers and artists-has passed away. Andre was an illuminating force who through Pantheon and The New Press gave the world a rich and indelible legacy on such an amazing array of issues. He championed topics that were sometimes not well appreciated or understood by the public, helping create the means for thougtful discourse and possible political and social change. Andre stood up for what he believed was right
Facebook Expands Tracking & Targeting of Hispanic-Americans/Illustrates Need for FTC to address Spanish Language Privacy IssuesSubmitted by demedia on Sat, 11/09/2013 - 16:17
U.S. hispanics are seen as a large pot of digital dollar gold by online marketers. Closely researched by the ad industry, Hispanics are viewed as brand loyal, significant spenders, early adopters of mobile and social media, and provide long-term marketplace growth. Facebook is expanding how it tracks and targets Hispanics. The company says it has 23 million people in its "U.S.
Time Warner/Turner Acknowledges COPPA's stronger children's privacy rules. Cartoon Network's Digital Targeting SafeguardsSubmitted by demedia on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 12:18
Turner TV is introducing advanced digital targeting to its networks. But it has exempted Cartoonnetwork because of the new stronger COPPA kids privacy safeguards. This is a positive move--and we have told so to the FTC. We commend Time Warner and Turner.
Here's an excerpt on its approach:
Submitted by demedia on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 12:21
Google's new social shopping tactic aimed at having mobile devices ring up the $ (but glad it exempted teens)Submitted by demedia on Sat, 10/12/2013 - 13:24
Social commerce, as it's called, is a major component of contemporary marketing. Using friends to sell to their friends is seen as the best way to pitch products, Brands orchestrate a complex infrastructure of viral marketing, blogger endorsing, and content sharing services designed to convince consumers that they should tell all their friends about their products and services. The online marketing industry, armed with Big Data power that tracks and analyzes everything we do, wants us to all be digital shills for advertisers.
FTC, CFPB and EU Should Investigate Acxiom's new cross-platform, offline/online tracking/targeting Audience Operating SystemSubmitted by demedia on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 13:27
Data Tracking & Targeter Criteo tells SEC it has "analyzed massive volumes of data to observe and predict user intent"Submitted by demedia on Sat, 09/21/2013 - 14:58
Criteo is preparing to go public and filed this week at the SEC. The dramatic growth of the commercial surveillance "Big Data" economy raises critical privacy and consumer protection concerns. The FTC, CFPB and the EU need to do a better job investigating the consequences to the 24/7 tracking and targeting of Internet
Digital Ad Lobby withdraws from Do-Not Track at WC3/Consumers confront 24/7 data tracking landscape/Fed. action needed on privacySubmitted by demedia on Tue, 09/17/2013 - 11:15
Twitter's IPO: Serving the Snack Food Industry and Tracking Users on Mobile Devices. More Responsibility & Privacy Req'dSubmitted by demedia on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 17:16
As Twitter prepares to go public, it will need to ensure that consumer privacy and welfare is protected. Its new deal with snack food giant Mondelez (Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, etc) is all about taking advanatge of a consumer's real-time information. As the Financial Times reported, "As part of the agreement, Twitter will deploy dedicated teams to regularly work with Mondelez in Brazil, India, the UK and the US, helping local marketers tap Twitter’s real-time analytical knowhow.