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We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking

Via LLRXWe spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking – More than a quarter of a century since its first commercial use, the growth of the online world is now slowing down in some key categories. A multi-year research project analyzing global trends in online diversity and dominance conducted by Paul X. McCarthy and Marian-Andrei Rizoiu reveals a dramatic consolidation of attention towards a shrinking (but increasingly dominant) group of online organizations. So, while there is still growth in the functions, features and applications offered on the web, the number of entities providing these functions is shrinking.

Anyone can use this powerful facial-recognition tool and that’s a problem

CNN Business: “You probably haven’t seen PimEyes, a mysterious facial-recognition search engine, but it may have spotted you. If you upload a picture of your face to PimEyes’ website, it will immediately show you any pictures of yourself that the company has found around the internet. You might recognize all of them, or be surprised… Continue Reading

Who is “Public” Data Really For?

LitHub: “…Both words—“public” and “open”—invite a question: For whom? Despite the efforts of Mae and Gareth, and Tom Grundner and many others, the internet as it exists is hardly a public space. Many people still find themselves excluded from full participation. Access to anything posted on a city web page or on a .gov domain… Continue Reading

Here are the states with the fastest internet

Tech Republic – “Anyone turning to the internet for information or entertainment will all tell you the same thing: They’re impressed with the fastest internet. It’s satisfying when search results are instantly provided. Conversely, it’s an overwhelming combination of frustration and annoyance when something streamed endlessly buffers. While you may not have immediate control, if… Continue Reading

How one phony vaccine website tried to capture your personal information

Tech Republic – “In a news release published Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland revealed that it had seized a website called freevaccinecovax.org. Allegedly the site of a real biotechnology firm developing a COVID-19 vaccine, it was actually set up to collect personal data from visitors and use that information for… Continue Reading

Twitter’s latest bot will flag “harmful” language before you post

Ars Technica: “Want to know exactly what Twitter’s fleet of text-combing, dictionary-parsing bots defines as “mean”? Starting any day now, you’ll have instant access to that data—at least, whenever a stern auto-moderator says you’re not tweeting politely. On Wednesday, members of Twitter’s product-design team confirmed that a new automatic prompt will begin rolling out for… Continue Reading

These were the top publishers on Facebook in April 2021

NewsWhip: “We looked back at the top publishers on Facebook for the month of April 2021, ranked by their total engagement. The month saw a slight decline in engagement for most publishers and in the levels hit by the top articles, but the level of interactions did increase for some individual publishers. As usual, we… Continue Reading

How to access information offline anywhere on the globe with these apps

Tech Republic – “The rise of remote work means more people will travel to places that may not always provide reliable internet access. Modern office apps, such as Google Workspace, can store email and documents offline, then sync new and changed content when you reconnect. However, you might be surprised just how much information can… Continue Reading

History Hub – support community managed by NARA for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates

“What is History Hub? History Hub is a crowdsourcing platform sponsored by the National Archives. It is a place to ask questions, share information, work together, and find people based on their experience and interests. Experts from the National Archives as well as other experts, history enthusiasts, and citizen archivists are available to help with… Continue Reading