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How Americans Navigated the News in 2020: A Tumultuous Year in Review

Pew Report – Americans inhabited different information environments, with wide gaps in how they viewed the election and COVID-19, February 22, 2021. “Americans are divided – that much is obvious after a contentious presidential election and transition, and in the midst of a politicized pandemic that has prompted a wide range of reactions. But in… Continue Reading

Data protection: European Commission launches process on personal data flows to UK

European Commission – “Today, the Commission launched the process towards the adoption of two adequacy decisions for transfers of personal data to the United Kingdom, one under the General Data Protection Regulation and the other for the Law Enforcement Directive. The publication of the draft decisions is the beginning of a process towards their adoption.… Continue Reading

African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide

Lynn Weinstein Librarian, Business Reference Section at Library of Congress – “African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide – The history of African Americans in business has been shaped by institutional racism as well as inequities in education and opportunity. This guide provides access to a wide variety of primary and secondary sources… Continue Reading

Welcome to Open Book Publishers

Welcome to Open Book Publishers – “COVID19: during this period we are continuing to publish books that are freely available for everyone to read online, to download and to share. For more information, and freely available resources related to COVID19, please click here. 205 titles published Over 3 million book interactions Library Membership: 190 libraries… Continue Reading

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet’s Growth Since 1997

Wired: “In November 2003, security researcher Barrett Lyon was finishing college at California State University, Sacramento while working full time as a penetration tester—a hacker companies hire to find weaknesses in their own digital systems. At the beginning of each job, Lyon would do some basic reconnaissance of the customer’s infrastructure; “case the joint,” as… Continue Reading

Google’s Model Search automatically optimizes and identifies AI models

VentureBeat: “Google today announced the release of Model Search, an open source platform designed to help researchers develop machine learning models efficiently and automatically. Instead of focusing on a specific domain, Google says that Model Search is domain-agnostic, making it capable of finding a model architecture that fits a dataset and problem while minimizing coding… Continue Reading

The Librarian War Against QAnon

The Atlantic – “As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough…For too long now, shared reality has been fracturing before our eyes. Eli Pariser’s concept of the “filter bubble” is already a decade old. Yochai Benkler’s research on propaganda networks finds that the roots of our… Continue Reading

Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges

Pew – “A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care and social activity improve…Asked to… Continue Reading

Giving “Last Chance Books” New Life Through Digitization

Internet Archive Blogs – “Sometimes they arrive tied up in string because their binding is broken. Others are in envelopes to protect the brittle pages from further damage. Aging books are sent from libraries to the Internet Archive for preservation. Thanks to the careful work of the nearly 70 people who scan at digitization centers… Continue Reading