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5 Facebook Alternatives That Don’t Steal Your Data

MakeUseof (MUD): “Facebook was once the poster child of the social media revolution. Today, it’s a shining example of how not to run a social network. Facebook’s ongoing security and privacy issues mean young people are leaving in their droves. According to Pew Research, 44 percent of users aged 18 to 29 said they deleted the app in the last year. Given they are also the demographic who are most likely to understand Facebook’s confusing privacy settings (64 percent), this is all rather worrying…So, if you’re looking to jump ship and delete your Facebook profile, which social network should you head for next? Which Facebook alternatives won’t steal your data? Here are our top five picks….”

 

Google Trends – Midterm Elections 2018‬‬

Via Google Trends – “On November 6, 2018, over 1,200 candidates will run for nearly 500 seats in the House of Representatives and US Senate. This is how the US is searching.” Resources include the following? Election searches: click on a State to find out more. Search data is an indication of curiosity in the… Continue Reading

Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts

WSJ [paywall] via MarketScreener [no paywall]: “Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts, responding to questions raised on Capitol Hill about privacy and potential misuse of the information contained in users’ emails.” “In a letter to senators, a top Google official said the company… Continue Reading

Imagining lost books in the age of Cambridge Analytica

Oxford University Press Blog: “Last spring, I—along with a substantial portion of my friends and acquaintances—followed some instructions I’d read online and successfully downloaded a copy of my Facebook data. Amongst other things, I was reminded of the fact that I had joined the social network on 21 February 2007 at 06:02 UTC and that… Continue Reading

How rumors spread on social media during weather disasters

National Science Foundation – New research shows that social media can spread information quickly, but its accuracy cannot be assumed “After hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research to investigate the broad impacts of these disasters. A year later, some of the researchers funded by awards from the agency’s Social, Behavioral,… Continue Reading

If You See Disinformation Ahead of the Midterms, We Want to Hear From You

The New York Times: “As November’s midterm elections approach, The New York Times is looking for examples of online ads, posts and texts that contain political disinformation or false claims and are being deliberately spread on internet platforms to try to influence local, statewide, and federal elections. Times journalists are hoping to use your tips… Continue Reading

Internet Archive – Revised wish list now available: 1.5M books we want

“Earlier this year we released our Open Libraries wish list, which brought together four datasets to help inform our collection development priorities for Open Libraries.  After working with the wish list for a few months and reviewing our approach, we decided to make a few revisions to the ways in which we brought together the… Continue Reading

Commentary – The Rise and Demise of RSS

The Rise and Demise of RSS: “There are two stories here. The first is a story about a vision of the web’s future that never quite came to fruition. The second is a story about how a collaborative effort to improve a popular standard devolved into one of the most contentious forks in the history… Continue Reading

Want to defend democracy? Start with your public library.

Washington Post Opinion: “In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the character Ron — channeling his friend Hermione — says to Harry Potter: “When in doubt, go to the library.” In the United States today, there is plenty to doubt. Complex arguments are being whittled down to 280 characters. And of course, the president… Continue Reading

Google China Prototype Links Searches to Phone Numbers

The Intercept: “Google built a prototype of a censored search engine for China that links users’ searches to their personal phone numbers,thus making it easier for the Chinese government to monitor people’s queries, The Intercept can reveal. The search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, was designed for Android devices, and would remove content deemed sensitive by China’s… Continue Reading

10 Investigative Tools You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

Global Investigative Journalism Network: “Investigations, the saying goes, are just regular stories with a lot more labor put in. Investigative reporters spend inordinate amounts of time sifting through documents, verifying sources and analyzing data — and that’s if they can even get the data. As an investigative reporter with way too many stories I want… Continue Reading

The text and data mining exception in the proposal for a directive on copyright: why the European Union needs to go further than the laws of member states

Nicolas Jondet, ‘The text and data mining exception in the proposal for a directive on copyright: why the European Union needs to go further than the laws of member states’, Propriétés Intellectuelles , no. 67 (April 2018): 25– 35. “The European Union is currently debating the adoption of a copyright exception for text and data… Continue Reading