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Why Alabama plans to use schools, libraries to fill broadband coverage gaps

And that's by targeting secondary education. By working with 35 school districts across the state, the Office of Broadband Development will use the Federal Communication Commission's E-rate Modernization Order, which makes it possible for schools and libraries to construct and operate their own fiber networks. The districts will make competitive bids, and if their needs qualify as more cost-effective than lit services, they can take advantage of the match-rate program.
"Through this program, if the state will help pay required match, the FCC will kick in an additional 10 percent, making it possible for schools and libraries to build and own their fiber network that is paid for up to 90 percent with federal funds," Johnson said. "This offer was made available due to the high cost of getting adequate connectivity to schools and libraries."

From Why Alabama plans to use schools, libraries to fill broadband coverage gaps - Birmingham Business Journal

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The story of Wikipedia and libraries is being rewritten around the world this week with #1Lib1Ref

Update, January 21: The story of Wikipedia and libraries is being changed, updated, improved and broadened around the world this week. Forty-four news agencies and blogs have mentioned the #1Lib1Ref campaign, which has also received support from The Internet Archive, TechConnect, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. At press time, 983 tweets use the hashtag. You can follow along with the campaign on Twitter by watching the hashtag and following @WikiLibrary. Urge your local librarian(s) to join this global movement!

From Updated: the story of Wikipedia and libraries is being rewritten around the world this week with #1Lib1Ref « Wikimedia blog

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Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future

So get used to these five. Based on their stock prices this month, the giants are among the top 10 most valuable American companies of any kind. Apple, Alphabet and Microsoft are the top three; Facebook is No. 7, and Amazon is No. 9. Wall Street gives each high marks for management; and three of them — Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook — are controlled by founders who don’t have to bow to the whims of potential activist investors.

From Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future - The New York Times

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The Most Edited Wikipedia Articles From Every Year Of Its Existence

So, out of Wikipedia's 5,053,647 articles (with 808,187,367 total edits), what was the most-edited the most each year? And what are the most edited articles ever? 

From The Most Edited Wikipedia Articles From Every Year Of Its Existence - Digg

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It’s Wikipedia’s 15th birthday!

It’s Wikipedia’s 15th birthday

This year we’re celebrating 15 years of free and open knowledge—learning, discovery, and joy for people on every continent ⟩

To ensure future support for this vision, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Wikimedia Endowment ⟩

From Wikipedia 15

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Your goal today is to add one reference to Wikipedia!

How to Participate: Five Basic Steps
Find an article that needs a citation. There are many ways to do this. Here are some strategies.
Filling a "Citation Needed"
Finding an article with sourcing problems
Select an article while browsing
Cite a source from your collection or research
Find a reliable source that can support that article
Add a citation using Wikipedia Style. Click here to learn about adding citations and editing Wikipedia
Add the project hashtag #1Lib1Ref to the Edit Summary
Share your edit on social media and learn more about libraries and Wikipedia

From The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref - Meta

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Authors Guild Petitions Supreme Court to Rule on Google Copying Millions of Books Without Permission

Today, the Authors Guild, the nation’s largest and oldest society of professional writers, filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States requesting that it review a lower court ruling that allowed Google, Inc. to copy millions of copyright-protected books without asking for authors’ permission or paying them. At stake, the Guild claims, is the right of authors to determine what becomes of their works in the digital age. Read the full press release here.

From Authors Guild Petitions Supreme Court to Rule on Google Copying Millions of Books Without Permission - The Authors Guild

How ‘Do Not Track’ Ended Up Going Nowhere

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, which was also a member of the task force, took matters into its own hands. It released a final version of a free plugin called the Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome browsers in August. Whenever a user turns on Do Not Track within the browser setting, Privacy Badger acts as an enforcer — it scans any website to determine if the publisher has agreed to honor this privacy request. If it can’t find a policy, it scans for third-party scripts that appear to be tracking — and blocks them.

“At the core of our project is the protection of users’ reading habits and browsing history,” the EFF wrote in introducing Privacy Badger. “And a conviction that this is personal information that should not be accessed without consent.”

From How ‘Do Not Track’ Ended Up Going Nowhere | Re/code

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It’s 2016 already, how are websites still screwing up these user experiences?!

We’re a few days into the new year and I’m sick of it already. This is fundamental web usability 101 stuff that plagues us all and makes our online life that much more painful than it needs to be. None of these practices – none of them – is ever met with “Oh how nice, this site is doing that thing”. Every one of these is absolutely driving the web into a dismal abyss of frustration and much ranting by all.

And before anyone retorts with “Oh you can just install this do-whacky plugin which rewrites the page or changes the behaviour”, no, that’s entirely not the point. Not only does it not solve a bunch of the problems, it shouldn’t damn well have to! How about we all just agree to stop making the web a less enjoyable place and not do these things from the outset?

From Troy Hunt: It’s 2016 already, how are websites still screwing up these user experiences?!

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