One of the scourges of modern connected times is the rise of so-called fake news, a phenomenon that's invasive and pervasive and a driver of distrust about what you read, see and hear online as well as fear, uncertainty and doubt about the sources that publish it. And not only such reactions upon immediate discovery, but also the unwitting spread of fake news by those who publish, talk about or share such content without knowing it's false. It's not new by any means - in the pre-internet … [Read more...] about How to play your part in fighting fake news
The recent rise and spread of so-called fake news is a topic that's generating a great deal of opinion on what to do about it. I've weighed in, too, in a recent episode of the Small Data Forum podcast. Now, on the 28th anniversary of the founding of the World Wide Web, its creator Tim Berners-Lee offers compelling perspectives on this contemporary phenomenon, outlining three challenges for the web and, as he puts it, what we must do to ensure it fulfils his vision of an equalizing platform … [Read more...] about Addressing privacy and fake news on the web: Tim Berners-Lee’s call to action
One of the great benefits offered by the social web is the open way in which people can connect, not only via the obvious means of social networks but also through engaging in discourse and conversation in the commenting sections of websites, blogs, etc. Open conversation and the sharing of different points of view are foundational activities for many online publications, from mainstream media sites to individual blogs. To many, enabling readers, visitors and communities to comment on … [Read more...] about Commenting: A matter of perspective
This article titled "Facial recognition – a powerful ad tool or privacy nightmare?" was written by Sean Hargrave, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 17th August 2016 11.30 UTCWhenever the future of advertising is discussed, thoughts often turn to the sci-fi image of a stalked Tom Cruise in Minority Report being recognised and served intrusive, personalised advertising as he tries to escape a futuristic city. Hence, recent claims by Russian app FindFace that it could identify people in public by … [Read more...] about Facial recognition – a powerful ad tool or privacy nightmare?
Catching up this weekend with news and information in Inoreader, my RSS reader of choice on every device I use, I selected a good dozen or so stories to blog about when time permits. They all join a long list of in-draft posts that, by the time I really do get moments to complete and publish them, the attention opportunities will probably be long past. So I'll share some of the actual stories directly in this aggregate post that might enlighten your Sunday/Monday morning reading if you hadn't … [Read more...] about 3 great reads for this week
The revelations from the mega-leak of data about the financial shenanigans of the wealthy and powerful, dubbed the #PanamaPapers, continue to roll out globally since the eruption last weekend opened up a Pandora's Box (what some would call an Aladdin's Cave) of consequences. At the heart of this scandal is 2.6 terabytes of data representing some 11 million individual documents about the business and financial affairs of clients of the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca stretching from … [Read more...] about How can trust help the #PanamaPapers innocents?
How do you spell the word 'Internet' when you write it? With a capital 'I' as I've written just now? Or all in lowercase form, ie, 'internet'? It's a question the Associated Press (AP) is addressing and, partly reflecting usage change in recent years, will make a change to its rule on this word in the next edition of its Style Book, that bible of American English grammer and usage especially by the mainstream media. From June 1, 2016, the AP Style Book will show the word all in lowercase … [Read more...] about It’s internet not Internet says the AP
If you run ad blocking software on your computer or mobile device, you're either preventing the appearance of obtrusive, annoying ads that sometimes block content and add code that slows down the loading of the site you're visiting, especially on mobile devices; or you're strangling the revenue lifelines of companies who need to advertise to keep their businesses running, or enable media companies to keep paying for great journalism. That's pretty much what the current situation looks like, … [Read more...] about How to solve the ad blocking question