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New FTC tech blog

Ed Felton, the Chief Technologist at the FTC, has a new blog which he describes as “published by the Federal Trade Commission” but expressing the views “of the Chief Technologist” and not those of the Chairman or the Commission. The blog will focus on technology issues. It is hosted by wordpress.com not by a .gov site.

  • Tech@FTC.

    As the nation’s consumer protection agency, the FTC works on technology issues every day. You’ll see lots of discussion of technology in our reports, cases, speeches and testimonies, not to mention the consumer and business education pieces we publish. But we haven’t had a venue for speaking, more directly and less formally, to the technically minded public about tech issues. That’s what this blog is for.

    Our goal is to talk about technology in a way that is sophisticated enough to be interesting to hard-core techies, but straightforward enough to be accessible to the broad public that knows something about technology but doesn’t qualify as expert.

  • RSS feed.


FTC will webcast its workshop on Journalism and use Twitter and RSS

Libraries, Journalism, and Publishing share some common issues and face many common challenges in the digital age. It seems particularly appropriate that, as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) holds a workshop on the future of journalism, it is using digital tools to reach more people.

The FTC will hold workshops in Washington, DC on December 1 and 2, 2009, to explore how the Internet has affected journalism. The event is free and open to the public. The workshop will assemble representatives from print, online, broadcast and cable news organizations, academics, consumer advocates, bloggers, and other new media representatives.

You can submit questions using the Twitter tag #ftcnews.

Comments can be filed online at https://public.commentworks.com/ftc/newsmediaworkshop. See submitted comments here.

A live webcast will be available on the day of the event. Bookmark this page and come back on December 1st and 2nd to link to the webcast.

Updates regarding workshops, including an agenda and panelists will be posted on this webpage, or can be accessed via RSS Feed.

Phishy, yet Phunny and Quite Useful

Thanks to Sabrina Pacifici over at beSpacific, FGI learned about a great new FTC video series at YouTube. The most recent videos are warnings against phishing, where bad actors try to trick you into revealing personal information:

Phishy Home

Phishy Office

While YouTube is great from a publicity standpoint, it would be good from a preservation and reuse/remix standpoint if they’d also put these great videos into the Internet Archive. But we at FGI salute this effort to bring gov’t education on phishing into web 2.0 forums.