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Daily Archives: February 21, 2021

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 20, 2021

Via LLRXPete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 20, 2021 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Browser ‘Favicons’ Can Be Used as Undeletable ‘Supercookies’ to Track You Online; States Push Internet Privacy Rules in Lieu of Federal Standards; Incomplete fixes for security flaws make hackers’ job easy, Google says; and 30 popular mobile health apps vulnerable to cyberattacks, Protected Health Information exposure.

African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide

Lynn Weinstein Librarian, Business Reference Section at Library of Congress – “African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide – The history of African Americans in business has been shaped by institutional racism as well as inequities in education and opportunity. This guide provides access to a wide variety of primary and secondary sources… Continue Reading

Turkish Garbage Collectors Open a Library from Books Rescued from the Trash

Goodnet – “The Library has over 6,000 fiction and nonfiction books including a children’s’ section. The Library has over 6,000 fiction and nonfiction books including a children’s’ section. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure is absolutely the case in Ankara Turkey where garbage collectors started collecting discarded books and ended up opening a library.… Continue Reading

Welcome to Open Book Publishers

Welcome to Open Book Publishers – “COVID19: during this period we are continuing to publish books that are freely available for everyone to read online, to download and to share. For more information, and freely available resources related to COVID19, please click here. 205 titles published Over 3 million book interactions Library Membership: 190 libraries… Continue Reading

A Trippy Visualization Charts the Internet’s Growth Since 1997

Wired: “In November 2003, security researcher Barrett Lyon was finishing college at California State University, Sacramento while working full time as a penetration tester—a hacker companies hire to find weaknesses in their own digital systems. At the beginning of each job, Lyon would do some basic reconnaissance of the customer’s infrastructure; “case the joint,” as… Continue Reading

Slow Down and Write Better Emails

HBR: “Misunderstandings are rampant in today’s workplaces. While poor communication habits may feel inevitable with colleagues, we should always strive to engage with clarity and empathy, especially as we come to rely more on remote work and digital communication. What is a good first step to improving our habits? Relearning what it means to read… Continue Reading

Google’s Model Search automatically optimizes and identifies AI models

VentureBeat: “Google today announced the release of Model Search, an open source platform designed to help researchers develop machine learning models efficiently and automatically. Instead of focusing on a specific domain, Google says that Model Search is domain-agnostic, making it capable of finding a model architecture that fits a dataset and problem while minimizing coding… Continue Reading

The Librarian War Against QAnon

The Atlantic – “As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough…For too long now, shared reality has been fracturing before our eyes. Eli Pariser’s concept of the “filter bubble” is already a decade old. Yochai Benkler’s research on propaganda networks finds that the roots of our… Continue Reading

Curating Public Tweets for Academic Research

Center for Data Innovation: “Twitter has released a dataset of historical public tweets available to academic researchers for use. Developers update the dataset on a weekly basis to include up to 10 million monthly tweets. Users can filter by recent searches and mentions on a timeline, applying up to 1,000 concurrent rules. Previously, researchers could… Continue Reading