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New Internet Monitor report: “Openness and Restraint: Structure, Discourse, and Contention in Saudi Twitter”

“Internet Monitor, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, is delighted to announce the publication of “Openness and Restraint: Structure, Discourse, and Contention in Saudi Twitter,” the eighth in a series of special reports that focus on key events and new developments in Internet freedom. Social, political, and religiousContinue Reading

A New Approach to Procuring Government Technology in California

A New Approach to Procuring Government Technology in California. November 30, 2015 by Dan Hon – “I’ve spent the last few weeks working closely with an amazing team in Sacramento across numerous state government offices to do something new. What was going to be a business-as-usual procurement (a long, thousand-plus page contract for a complete solution,Continue Reading

Report – ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa

ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa, by Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes, George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, December 2015. “Searching for Answers – What explains the recent surge in American jihadi recruits? Who are the Americans lured by the siren songs of ISIS’s propaganda? How do they embrace such radical ideology, turning theirContinue Reading

Project to Annotate All Knowledge

“As accessing information becomes less challenging for most of the world, new problems emerge. Discovering, evaluating, and most importantly, connecting relevant knowledge is overwhelming. There hasn’t been a way to bridge the chasm between isolated communities with their specific knowledge base and the rest of us – until now! Hypothes.is launched a mission driven coalition:Continue Reading

EFF – Google’s Student Tracking Isn’t Limited to Chrome Sync

“Many media reports on (as well as at least one response to) the FTC complaint we submitted yesterday about Google’s violation of the Student Privacy Pledge have focused heavily on one issue—Google’s use of Chrome Sync data for non-educational purposes. This is an important part of our complaint, but we want to clarify that GoogleContinue Reading

Thank You From beSpacific to My Readers

I wrote this entry on December 1, 2015 and my email listserv did not send out my postings as usual. So I am re-posting this to be sure that I reach friends and colleagues and readers who continue to include beSpacific as a part of their daily reading. Thank you for reading beSpacific, for supportingContinue Reading

Brookings Project Paper – The ISIS Twitter Census

The Brookings Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World – An Analysis Paper | No. 20, March 2015. The ISIS Twitter Census – Defining and describing the population of ISIS supporters on Twitter. J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan. “The Islamic State, known as ISIS or ISIL, has exploited social media, most notoriously Twitter, toContinue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving and Please Consider Supporting beSpacific

Happy Thanksgving! If you read beSpacific and my research is useful to you, please support this site by donating the cost of a cup of coffee – $4 – or any another amount, such $10, $15, $20…using the link on selected postings Please consider making a contribution to beSpacific, even if you can only buyContinue Reading

Social Media Tracker, Analyzer, & Collector Toolkit at Syracuse

“STACKS is an extensible social media research toolkit designed to collect, process, and store data from online social networks. The toolkit is an ongoing project via the Syracuse University iSchool, and currently supports the Twitter Streaming API. Collecting from Facebook public pages and Twitter search API are under development. The toolkit architecture is modular andContinue Reading

IBM Watson Trend – the data science of shopping for the holidays?

“Outthink Holiday Stress.  Watson Trend helps shoppers understand what is trending and why through the cognitive power of Watson. To understand the science, read about Watson Trend – [as follows – weighted toward  purchases for Tech but includes Toys and Health]: Gift-guide experts voice opinions. Watson hears them all at once. Because IBM Watson understandsContinue Reading

What does the Internet of Things mean for Search?

WT VOX: “The smartphone revolutionised personal computing, creating a computer that most of us have within arm’s reach 24 hours a day. The Internet of Things promises to revolutionise computing again, by connecting and collecting data from everything we live in, drive in, eat in, sleep in and work in. In just a year orContinue Reading

Twiangulate powers journalism, non-profits and PR

Twiangulate: ‘Find experts and insiders. Discover which accounts are followed by key people in a scribe swarm, gossip empire, artful sphere or judicious gaggle. Understand clout. Determine which influentials and celebs follow an account using our “reach” search. Reveal a group’s favorites. Which accounts are most followed by members of a group, for example, theContinue Reading