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Italian government launches high school program to educate about fake news

GOOD: “…Starting later this month, the Italian government will be rolling out a program to 8,000 high schools across the country that teaches students how to deal with fake news. In addition to training students how to identify fabricated stories, Italian journalists from national broadcaster RAI will also contribute to lessons on how not to… Continue Reading

Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role

Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role, by Rebecca Bryant, Anna Clements, Carol Feltes, David Groenewegen, Simon Huggard, Holly Mercer, Roxanne Missingham, Maliaca Oxnam, Anne Rauh, and John Wright. “Research information management (RIM) is the aggregation, curation, and utilization of information about research and is emerging as an area of increasing interest and… Continue Reading

Will Wikipedia exist in 20 years? Foundation Director discusses with Harvard Law Prof

Will Wikipedia exist in 20 years? (Video and Podcast) Featuring Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, in conversation with Harvard Law School Professor Yochai Benkler. Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Continue Reading

Research – Human attention affects facial expressions in domestic dogs

Human attention affects facial expressions in domestic dogs. Juliane Kaminski, Jennifer Hynds, Paul Morris & Bridget M. Waller. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 12914 (2017). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-12781-x “Most mammalian species produce facial expressions. Historically, animal facial expressions have been considered inflexible and involuntary displays of emotional states rather than active attempts to communicate with others. In… Continue Reading

Virtual travel for hikers, travelers and the great outdoors

“Since 1999, UntraveledRoad has been capturing the scenery of modern highways, mountain roads, city streets and trails, visiting places both exotic and familiar to create a photographic virtual world, where you can stop to look at wildflowers, lakes, mountain vistas, and read historic markers, all from the comfort of your computer chair. With 396,883 hand-held… Continue Reading

New CA law bans employers from asking applicants about prior salary

SFgate.com: “California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and — if applicants ask — must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking, under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1. AB168, signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, applies to all public- and private-sector California… Continue Reading

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

Pew Report, October 19, 2017– Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology…A Pew Research Center study… Continue Reading

Report – Supreme Court Errors Aren’t Hard to Find

A ProPublica review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import. by Ryan Gabrielson. Oct. 17, 2017: “The decisions of the Supreme Court are rich with argument, history, some flashes of fine writing, and, of course, legal judgments of great… Continue Reading

National Archives warned Trump White House to preserve documents

Politico – Josh Dawsey and Bryan Bender, 10/17/2017: “National Archives officials have periodically warned White House lawyers that the Trump administration needs to follow document preservation laws, according to people familiar with the conversations and emails reviewed by POLITICO. The White House legally must preserve all presidential records, which are given to the National Archives… Continue Reading

A Matter of Space: Designing newsrooms for new digital practice

“…This​ ​paper,​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Press​ ​Institute’s​ ​​series​ ​of Strategy​ ​Studies​,​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ some 20 ​interviews​ ​with newsroom​ ​leaders​ ​and​ ​staff,​ ​site​ ​visits​, ​and​ ​reviews​ ​of​ ​research from​ ​leading​ ​architectural​ ​firms.​ It​ ​describes how a workplace redesign can express the unique culture and personality of a news organization. It tells the stories of… Continue Reading

CRS Report – Dark Web

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 such as Google.… Continue Reading

Review of 5 free image compression tools

Search Engine Land, Tom Demers: “…As Kristine Schachinger points out in her excellent article on image optimization, resizing and compressing images can often be the easiest and highest-impact action for speeding up pages on your site. Schachinger does a great job of outlining image compression and resizing best practices, but once you know which images need… Continue Reading