ThePassiveVoice shared an article about a paper from the Web Conference related to metrics for how people read online posts, news articles, etc.
Interesting developments on how they are developing metrics based not on the clickbait sites that spread an article over several click-through pages so they can load more ads, but just how you go through a single article on the page.
Grinberg was able to identify five types of reading behaviors: “Scan,” “Read,” “Read (long),” “Idle,” and “Shallow” (plus bounce backs, in the case that someone gets to a page and almost immediately leaves). Not surprisingly, different kinds of news sites see different kinds of reading behavior. On the sports site, for instance, “we see there is a lot of scanning. I think what’s going on there is a lot of people go to sports sites in order to find a result, like the outcome of a game, and don’t read the full thing.
The sex assault trial this week should be primarily about prosecutors laying the groundwork for overwhelming evidence of four crimes. For the case against Ghomeshi, the prosecutor should have the witnesses damn near bulletproof at this point. They even have their own lawyers to help them prepare. And yet, the defence attorney has picked them apart with relative ease. Not even after days of grilling, or horrendous cross-examinations that people expect. But rather, just pointing out major problems with their stories.
The first complainant said he assaulted her by pulling her by the hair so hard it bent her over the back of her car seat. Except she said she was wearing hair extensions that were clip-on — how did they not come off? She also said that he was driving this cute little VW car. Except he didn’t buy it until long after the day of that alleged assault. Neither of those details has anything to do with the assault, except they are part of her evidence of how she remembers the details of the day so clearly. » Read the rest
I was a bit surprised by a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision that upheld the 2014 decision against the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche. Basically, the courts found them liable for auditing Livent Inc (Garth Drabinsky and company) and giving it an unqualified “clean audit” statement over several years despite the fact that Drabinsky and others involved were well-known for being creative with their financing and accounting. After Drabinsky sold off the business, it collapsed because it was a giant fraud.
Until these cases, there was a Supreme Court case (Hercules Managements Ltd. v. Ernst & Young) precedent that has generally been interpreted as saying “if a company goes belly up, even for fraud, you can’t sue the auditors for missing it”. Given this precedent, which has been binding for some time (1997), Deloitte might be surprised too, and chances are that an appeal will be launched to take it the Supreme Court — and with an $118M settlement against it, an appeal could be worthwhile. » Read the rest
I was looking at various pundits predictions for 2016, and the only one that resonates with me is in the legal realm that sexual assault trials are likely to dominate major news coverage, albeit more “celebrity” / “entertainment” news than political coverage. In Canada, we’re going to see movement forward on the Jian Ghomeshi trial, and from the U.S., a potential civil and criminal trial for Bill Cosby (without prejudice to the future outcomes, I’m going to regularly refer to them as the “perpetrators” and their accusers as “victims”; I have no idea what happened with any of them). Add to that an increased attention to sexual assaults in general, and there will likely be more coverage of sports teams and frat houses going downhill rapidly from merely stupid behaviour to outright criminal behaviour when the testosterone, sense of entitlement, and alcohol/drugs get out of control on campuses rife with the so-called rape culture. » Read the rest