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5 Tools to Help You Search the Archived Internet

Tech.Co – Adam Rowe: “The archived internet deserves more recognition. Online security has been a hot button topic in the tech community recently, with data scandals and privacy policy updates constantly driving the conversation. But, keeping the internet a stable and reliable network isn’t all about data security – it’s also about data preservation. Anything… Continue Reading

5 Streaming Sites for People Who Want More Than Netflix

Consumer Reports – These alternatives will appeal to fans of British TV, classic movies, horror, or other niche content: “When it comes to streaming video services, Netflix clearly looms large over its competitors, accounting for more than one-third of all peak-time downstream traffic, according to research firm Sandvine. Maybe that explains why you never hear… Continue Reading

How ‘Googling it’ can send conservatives down secret rabbit holes of alternative facts

Washington Post: “Type “Russia collusion” into a Google search, and the search engine will try to guess the next word you’ll type. The first of those is “delusion…Accept the suggestion, and you’ll find yourself in a conservative rabbit hole. The first result is a New York Post opinion piece with the headline, “Democrats, get set to lose… Continue Reading

Almost seven-in-ten Americans have news fatigue, more among Republicans

Pew – “If you feel like there is too much news and you can’t keep up, you are not alone. A sizable portion of Americans are feeling overwhelmed by the amount of news there is, though the sentiment is more common on the right side of the political spectrum, according to a Pew Research Center… Continue Reading

Can social media have a positive effect on democracy?

Columbia Journalism Review: “Given the seemingly never-ending litany of transgressions we find all around us on social-media platforms—whether it’s Facebook giving up data to Cambridge Analytica and being manipulated by Russian trolls, or Twitter’s complicity in racism and online harassment—it’s difficult to imagine a case being made that social media in general is anything but… Continue Reading

15 default privacy settings you should change right now

Say no to defaults. A clickable guide to fixing the complicated privacy settings from Facebook, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple. Geoffrey A. Fowler: “Give me 15 minutes, and I can help you join the 5 percent who are actually in control. I dug through the privacy settings for the five biggest consumer tech companies and… Continue Reading

The Ad Hoc Government Digital Services Playbook

“The Ad Hoc Government Digital Services Playbook compiles what we’ve learned from four years of delivering digital services for government clients. Our playbook builds on and extends the Digital Services Playbook by the United States Digital Service. The USDS playbook is a valuable set of principles, questions, and checklists for government to consider when building… Continue Reading

Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too

Note – I switched long ago – and while you are at it – stop using Google as well! Moving on – Bye, Chrome: Why I’m switching to Firefox and you should too – By Katharine Schwab: “…Google already runs a lot of my online life–it’s my email, my calendar, my go-to map, and all… Continue Reading

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018

YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular online platforms among teens. Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’ “Until recently, Facebook had dominated the social media landscape among America’s youth – but it is no longer the most popular online platform among teens, according… Continue Reading

Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources

Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources, Emma Lurie and Eni Mustafaraj. WebSci’18, May 27-30, 2018, Amsterdam, Netherlands. “Recent research has suggested that young users are not particularly skilled in assessing the credibility of online content. A follow up study comparing students to fact checkers… Continue Reading

Internet Trends 2018 Mary Meeker

Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report “Context: We use data to tell stories of business-related trends we focus on. We hope others take the ideas, build on them & make them better. At 3.6B, the number of Internet users has surpassed half the world’s population. When markets reach mainstream, new growth gets harder to find-evinced… Continue Reading

Why we can’t give up the traditional Qwerty keyboard

BBC – The Economics of Change: “The Dvorak has a cult following. Its supporters say it’s faster, easier to learn and better for your poor, overworked fingers. They say 70% of keystrokes are on the home row – the keys where typists rest their fingers – on the Dvorak, versus 31% on a Qwerty. They… Continue Reading