Researchers challenge federal law in attempt to prevent ‘Big Data’ discrimination

Northeastern’s Alan Mis­love and Christo Wilson have been researching whether the algo­rithms e-​​commerce and other web­sites use to ana­lyze user pro­file data, web-​​browsing choices, and other online infor­ma­tion may lead to dis­crim­i­na­tion. Now the ACLU has sued the gov­ern­ment on their and others’ behalf so they can con­tinue to do so without prosecution.

Northeastern researchers find T-Mobile’s Binge On doesn’t live up to the hype

New research led by David Choffnes shows that what T-​​Mobile promises about free video streaming with Binge On is not what you, or con­tent providers, may actu­ally get. In many cases, sub­scribers were left with lower quality videos and unex­pected charges. More­over, because of flaws in T-Mobile’s system, the researchers found a way to make prac­ti­cally any Internet traffic free to subscribers.

The science behind your Netflix recommendations

More than eight out of 10 movies or TV shows Net­flix users watch are based on the site’s rec­om­men­da­tions. Those sug­ges­tions are the result of com­plex algo­rithms, according to Carlos Gomez Uribe, vice pres­i­dent of product inno­va­tion at Net­flix, who spoke on campus Thursday as part of the Pro­files in Inno­va­tion Pres­i­den­tial Speaker Series.

3Qs: What are you watching? #Now

We binge watch TV shows, live tweet along with actors, and indulge in increas­ingly com­pelling online pro­gram­ming. But these are just a few exam­ples of the TV industry’s recent evo­lu­tion, says Bill Lan­caster, a lec­turer in the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Studies.