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Category Archives: Search Engines

Share your trips and real-time location from Google Maps

Google Blog: ““Where are you now?” and “What’s your ETA?” Whether you’re heading to a party or meeting up for dinner, you probably hear questions like this pretty often from family and friends. Soon Google Maps users worldwide will be able to answer those questions in just a few taps, without ever leaving the app. On both Android and iOS, you’ll be able to share your real-time location with anyone. And the people you share with will be able to see your location on Android, iPhone, mobile web, and even desktop…”

Google tackles eliminating offensive search results

Search Engine Land: “Google is undertaking a new effort to better identify content that is potentially upsetting or offensive to searchers. It hopes this will prevent such content from crowding out factual, accurate and trustworthy information in the top search results. “We’re explicitly avoiding the term ‘fake news,’ because we think it is too vague,” said Paul… Continue Reading

CRS – Dark Web

CRS report – Dark Web, Kristin Finklea, Specialist in Domestic Security. March 10, 2017. [via FAS] “The layers of the Internet go far beyond the surface content that many can easily access in their daily searches. The other content is that of the Deep Web, content that has not been indexed by traditional search engines… Continue Reading

OpenSecrets – Foreign Lobby Watch

Center for Responsive Politics – ‘Use our new FARA search tool…to look up the lobbyists registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the foreign interests they represent, and their meetings and other contacts with government officials. Please be patient — this search is slower than most on our site; we are working on that. See… Continue Reading

FaganFinder is Back

March 4, 2017 – “I decided it was about time for a Fagan Finder update. The Video search page has been fully updates and is now much more comprehensive, going from 26 search options to 115. It includes all sorts of videos from documentaries to animated GIFs, and even related information such as TV/movie reviews,… Continue Reading

Privacy, Freedom of Expression, and the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe

Kulk, Stefan and Zuiderveen Borgesius, Frederik J., Privacy, Freedom of Expression, and the Right to Be Forgotten in Europe (February 25, 2017). Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy, eds. Jules Polonetsky, Omer Tene, and Evan Selinger (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2923722 “In this chapter we discuss the relation between privacy and freedom of… Continue Reading

Paper – Right to Be Forgotten: Much Ado About Nothing

Frosio, Giancarlo F., Right to Be Forgotten: Much Ado About Nothing (January 31, 2017). 15(2) Colorado Technology Law Journal (2017 Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2908993 “In the information society, the role of private sector entities in gathering information for and about users has long been a most critical issue. Therefore, intermediaries have become a main… Continue Reading

More Than 1 Billion YouTube Videos Have Automated Captions

AdWeek: “Caption this: YouTube announced Thursday that its automated captions have been used on more than 1 billion videos, and its users watch more than 15 million videos with automated captions per day. Product manager Liat Kaver made the announcement in a blog post, saying that Google launched captions for videos in September 2006, and… Continue Reading

FlipFeed Step into someone else’s Twitter feed

“FlipFeed is a Google Chrome Extension that enables Twitter users to replace their own feed with that of another real Twitter user. Powered by deep learning and social network analysis, feeds are selected based on inferred political ideology (“left” or “right”) and served to users of the extension. For example, a right-leaning user who uses… Continue Reading

The Right Tools: Europe’s Intermediary Liability Laws and 2016 General Data Protection Regulation

Keller, Daphne, The Right Tools: Europe’s Intermediary Liability Laws and the 2016 General Data Protection Regulation (February 8, 2017). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2914684 “The so-called “Right to Be Forgotten” established by the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2014 is about to change. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which goes… Continue Reading

Take a Very Cheap Trip Around the World Using Over 3,300 Google Maps Screenshots

Via YouTube – Google Maps: Hyperlapse Around the World Via PetaPixel – “Today is Google Maps’ 12th birthday, and graphic design student Matteo Archondis is paying the platform homage in a really cool way. A fan of timelapse and hyperlapse techniques, Archondis created a visual hyperlapse tour of the world using only screenshots taken within… Continue Reading

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Pew Report – Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment. “Algorithms are instructions for… Continue Reading