Lending Wi-Fi Program Chips Away at Digital Divide, For Now

The hotspot lending program means that, for a lucky few, going online no longer requires signing up to use a library computer a day in advance, lurking on the steps of public libraries after hours, or spending money at a coffee shop or fast food joint just to get a Wi-Fi password.

From Lending Wi-Fi Program Chips Away at Digital Divide, For Now


Prominent Features of Rumor Propagation in Online Social Media

Abstract: The problem of identifying rumors is of practical
importance especially in online social networks, since information
can diffuse more rapidly and widely than the offline
counterpart. In this paper, we identify characteristics of rumors
by examining the following three aspects of diffusion: temporal,
structural, and linguistic. For the temporal characteristics, we
propose a new periodic time series model that considers daily
and external shock cycles, where the model demonstrates that
rumor likely have fluctuations over time. We also identify key
structural and linguistic differences in the spread of rumors
and non-rumors. Our selected features classify rumors with
high precision and recall in the range of 87% to 92%, that is
higher than other states of the arts on rumor classification.


Doing Data Science at Twitter

One important lesson I learned at Twitter is that a Data Scientist’s capability to extract value from data is largely coupled with the maturity of the data platform of its company. Understand what kind of DS work you want to get involved, and do your research to evaluate if the company’s infrastructure can support your goal is not only smart, but paramount to ensure the right mutual fit.

From Doing Data Science at Twitter — Medium


Welcome to the Speakularity, Where Everything You Say Is Transcribed and Searchable

We are going to start recording and automatically transcribing most of what we say. Instead of evaporating into memory, words spoken aloud will calcify as text, into a Record that will be referenced, searched, and mined. It will happen by our standard combination of willing and allowing. It will happen because it can. It will happen sooner than we think.

From Welcome to the Speakularity, Where Everything You Say Is Transcribed and Searchable

Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens

Thanks to technology, we’re reading more than ever—our brains process thousands of words via text messages, email, games, social media, and web stories. According to one report, the amount people that read tripled from 1980 to the late 2000s, and it’s probably safe to say that trend continues today. But as we jam more and more words into our heads, how we read those words has changed in a fundamental way: we’ve moved from paper to screens. It’s left many wondering what we’ve lost (or gained) in the shift, and a handful of scientists are trying to figure out the answer.

From Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens | Co.Design | business + design

Human Curation Is Back

With search engines, we see a different kind of curator: algorithms. Indefatigable, capable of sifting through literally unimaginable amounts of data, algorithms have been proffered as an inexpensive, comprehensive, and impartial way to curate news, music, video — essentially everything.

From Human Curation Is Back | Monday Note


Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

Discussion on the demand for paper in our digital world. The need for certain paper has even risen. The author of the book On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History makes a few comments and a graph in the story shows that the demand for book paper is down over 30%.

Topic: Is Not Neutral, Not Secure, and Not the Internet

Facebook's project, which offers people from developing countries free mobile access to selected websites, has been pitched as a philanthropic initiative to connect two thirds of the world who don’t yet have Internet access. We completely agree that the global digital divide should be closed. However, we question whether this is the right way to do it. As we and others have noted, there's a real risk that the few websites that Facebook and its partners select for (including, of course, Facebook itself) could end up becoming a ghetto for poor users instead of a stepping stone to the larger Internet.

From Is Not Neutral, Not Secure, and Not the Internet | Electronic Frontier Foundation

The internet is running out of room – but we can save it

The meeting sparked headlines warning of a "full" internet and the potential need for data rationing, but the reality is more nuanced. The crunch is real, caused by fast growth of online media consumption through the likes of Netflix and Youtube, but physics and engineering can help us escape it. The internet just needs a few tweaks.

From The internet is running out of room – but we can save it - tech - 15 May 2015 - New Scientist

The race to preserve disappearing data

THE IRONY of Cerf’s concern is that the digital age is anything but dark. We are in the era of big data, exploding with exponentially more bits and bytes each year. By one back-of the-envelope estimate, the number of digital photos we snap in two minutes exceeds all the photographs taken during the entire 19th century. Faster computing speeds; sensors on our phones, cars, and transit systems; and falling costs of technologies to sequence genomes and launch satellites contribute to the data deluge. We’re entering the era of the “Internet of Things,” in which virtually any object or organism on the planet could one day collect and transmit data.

From The race to preserve disappearing data - Ideas - The Boston Globe



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