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This is the in-development Roku channel of Wis.Community. The Roku app is being developed, and we hope that it will go live and appear in the channel store for Roku by late April. 

Five things your ISP can do if Congress Repeals the FCC's Privacy Protections

Interesting article from the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

1.  Selling your data to marketers

2. Hijacking your searches

3. Snooping through your traffic and inserting ads

4. Pre-installing software on your phone and recording every URL you visit

5. Injecting undetectable, undeletable tracking cookies in all of your HTTP traffic

Are Waters in Wisconsin Meeting Water Quality Standards?

BySenator Kathleen Vinehout “The bottom line is: Are waters meeting water quality standards?” George Meyer told the Audit Committee at a recent hearing. “[Wisconsin is] adding hundreds of impaired waters every year,” Mr. Meyer added. “It’s because of discharged nitrates and phosphorus.” “Regulations and laws are only as good as enforcement.” Mr. Meyer said.

Paul Ryan - Granny Killer

In the new age of Trump politics, you can count on a lot of alternate truth. Much of it comes from the "Wisconsin Miracle" wrought by our governor and the likes of Paul Ryan. We are about to find out if we are going to take the somewhat flawed Obamacare and replace it with the totally nonfunctional Trumpcare. If this happens we by and large have Paul Ryan to blame. 

Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real Deal

Broadband Expansion: Rural Wisconsin Needs the Real DealbySenator Kathleen Vinehout “All we seek is help to get the basic broadband services that you all take for granted,” Justin Fortney from Clifton Township in Pierce County wrote to me.  “It has been frustrating for us families to watch the digital revolution pass us by…We often…pack the family into the car and drive to a relative’s house or commercial business to use thei

Another Trip down Memory Lane with Jack Benny

Jack Benny in To Be or Not To Be

This is partly a test to see if I have fixed the caching problems for the audio player, and partly just because I love old Jack Benny shows. In this one, we go back to the "I Can't Stand Jack Benny" contest.  In 1945 as the war was drawing to a close, the show ran a contest with big prizes where you entered by sending in a card explaining why you can't stand Jack Benny.  This was seriously in tune with the self-deprecating humor of the show, and the continual jibes aimed at Jack.

Produce Farmers Place New Emphasis on Food Safety

Farmers who follow food safety best practices produce better quality produce that last longer on the market and in consumers' kitchens. The harvest, storage and handling processes intended to minimize pathogens that cause illness in humans also target the organisms that cause produce to decay.

The Big Share

The Big Share: March 7, 2017

Tomorrow is the day of The Big Share in Wisconsin. You get an opportunity for one day to make investments in the Wisconsin community by donating to nonprofits and other worthy organizations in the state. It's easy - go to the Big Share Website and make your contributions on-line. Many of the organizations have matching shares, so for many of them donating tomorrow will multiply your charitable giving.

First testing of the Wisconsin Channel Roku Channel

Hi - You have probably ended up on this page because you were invited to help kick the tires on the new Wisconsin Channel Roku Channel. Note that at the moment the app is barely hobbling but is at least nominally functional.  I am working out a few issues with the rather odd requirements for a feed to Roku, and some issues with file storage, so I'm going to at the moment only ask for a FEW uploads from each of you so that I have some actual content to deal with.

Amazon S3 storage issue affecting a lot of the Internet today - but not us

For the past couple of hours Amazon S3 has been experiencing (as Amazon loves to put it) "high error rates" in their East Coast zone. This is having some serious effects on a lot of the web at the moment as sites, parts of sites, pictures, etc. are randomly appearing and disappearing. Some of the big hosting providers who are heavily dependent on Amazon services are also suffering at the moment.

GOING BACK TO BASICS: SIX TAKEAWAYS FROM KNIGHT’S MEDIA LEARNING SEMINAR

Trust, Journalism, Fake News, Technology and the Future of Informed Communities

In an era of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and ever-evolving media platforms, the biggest lesson for the future of journalism is that it’s time to get back to basics.

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