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Category Archives: Search Engines

Paper – Gone in Six Characters: Short URLs Considered Harmful for Cloud Services

Gone in Six Characters: Short URLs Considered Harmful for Cloud Services  – Martin Georgiev, Vitaly Shmatikov (Submitted on 10 Apr 2016) “Modern cloud services are designed to encourage and support collaboration. To help users share links to online documents, maps, etc., several services, including cloud storage providers such as Microsoft OneDrive and mapping services suchContinue Reading

Site aggregates for search thousands of federal government oversight documents – “The US government has many dozens of offices dedicated to keeping the government honest and efficient through strong, independent oversight. They produce a lot of good work, but the results are scattered all over the internet. Sometimes they get the attention they deserve, and many times they don’t. It would be a shameContinue Reading

Univ. of BC – Explore 185,656 unique digital objects

“UBC Library’s Open Collections include digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond.” Users may Search or Browse by Collection.

Europeana Statistics dashboard – In depth insight into Europeana at a glance

“Ever wondered what the most popular items in Europeana are or which country uses Europeana the most? Browse the Europeana stats [beta]” See The Europeana Statistics Dashboard

US Geological Survey Science Data Catalog

“The USGS Science Data Catalog provides seamless access to USGS research and monitoring data from across the nation. Users have the ability to search, browse, or use a map-based interface to discover data.” See also  Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Data Source: Core Science Analytics and Synthesis. Begin Date: Unknown. Mission Area: Core Science SystemsEnd Date: 12/31/2015. ITIS is an easily accessible databaseContinue Reading

Paper – Cryptopolitik and the Darknet

Cryptopolitik and the Darknet By Daniel Moore, Thomas Rid, Publication: Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, February–March 2016, Pages: 7-38, Volume: 58. Edition number: 1. Date: 19 January 2016 “Encryption policy is becoming a crucial test of the values of liberal democracy in the twenty-first century. The trigger is a dilemma: the power of ciphers protects citizensContinue Reading

Search engine DuckDuckGo now offers map directions along with privacy

DuckDuckGo explains new map feature – “We’re proud to announce that we’ve just added one of the most-requested features to date: Directions! Now, location results will not only give you the option for directions but allow you to choose from the most-requested map providers – Apple, Bing, Here, OpenStreetMap, and yes – even Google Maps!”

Google Flights

“You can start using Google Flights in Google Search from your mobile device, tablet, or computer. Google Flights helps you find the best deals and routes for air travel.” Users may discover destinations without choosing specific travel destinations or dates – users may choose to travel during a specific season, combined with range of datesContinue Reading

Google Reverse image search

Google Search Help – ” You can use a picture as your search to find related images from around the web. How reverse image search works When you search using an image, your search results may include: Similar images Sites that include the image Other sizes of the image you searched for Search using anContinue Reading

The Rare Disease Database

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORAD) – “Every day in America, 30 million people wake up to fight the battle with a rare disease. The vast majority are children. For most, there are no cures and few, if any, proven and effective treatments.  NORD provides a unified voice for those courageous individuals, and the parentsContinue Reading

Discover Earth Science Data

“Search NASA Earth Science data by keyword and filter by time or space.” “The Earth Observing System Data and Information System is a key core capability in NASA’s Earth Science Data Systems Program. It provides end-to-end capabilities for managing NASA’s Earth science data from various sources—satellites, aircraft, field measurements, and various other programs.”

Can Google influence election results?

Via aeon – The new mind control – The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do by Robert Epstein “…[Search Engine Manipulation Effect] SEME’s near-invisibility is curious indeed. It means that when people – including you and me – are looking at biasedContinue Reading