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Category Archives: Internet

Free software to create full copies of sites to archive

“HTTrack is a free (GPL, libre/free software) and easy-to-use offline browser utility. It allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a… Continue Reading

Mehlman Castagnetti – America Decided – America’s Divided

PowerPoint – America Decided – America’s Divided – MAIN TAKEAWAYS “Voters wanted more competent but also more moderate leadership:  Trump lost for failing to manage COVID competently & excessive chaos / division  • House Democrats lost where voters feared overly-aggressive Progressivism Our nation remains narrowly & deeply divided: • Senate & House nearly tied, key… Continue Reading

Text-only website are quite useful, especially today

Greycoder – “Text-only website are quite useful, especially today. Web pages are increasingly filled with ads, videos and other bandwidth-heavy content. Here is a list of text-only, clutter-free news sites: CNN Text Only NPR News Text Only Christian Science Monitor Text Only LegibleNews F6O’Clock (or the original F5O’Clock) Skimfeed Readspike Mobile Wikipedia Wikipedia Current Events… Continue Reading

Social media promised to connect us, but made us isolated and tribal instead

Fast Company – “A psychologist who studies anxiety and stress explains how to cope during an increasingly divisive time…Human thinking itself has been transformed. It’s now more difficult for us to grasp the “big picture.” A book is a long read these days, too much for some people. Scrolling and swiping culture has reduced our… Continue Reading

COVID-19: Poynter Resources

“Poynter’s mission is to champion the duty of a free press to inform, educate and hold the powerful accountable. As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, journalists, fact-checkers, educators and students around the world look to Poynter for best practices in covering the most significant story of this generation. Thanks to donations and grants, Poynter is able… Continue Reading

Taiwan Is Beating Political Disinformation. The West Can Too.

Foreign Policy – “…Taiwan takes a whole-of-society approach to fighting disinformation. Its civic technology community works with social media companies, like the island’s popular messaging service Line, to identify, debunk, and downrank viral conspiracy theories on social media platforms. When someone comes across a news story that sounds fishy, they can send it to the… Continue Reading

Gifting a gadget? Check its creep factor on Mozilla’s ‘Privacy not included’ list of shame

TechCrunch: “Buying someone a gadget is a time-honored tradition, but these days it can be particularly fraught, considering you may buy them a fitness tracker that also monitors emotions, or a doorbell that snitches to the cops. Mozilla has put together a helpful list of popular gadgets with ratings on just how creepy they are.… Continue Reading

‘Be the Twitter that you want to see in the world

Harvard Law Today – “How social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook manage the spread of mis- and disinformation—and their governance approaches to this and related problems—has been a major concern over the past few years. Ahead of the 2020 presidential election in the United States, experts from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet &… Continue Reading