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In the Web’s Hyperreality, Information Is Experience
My perspective of a recent “patriot” group that came onto campus, for example, was more influenced by the death of Heather Heyer than anything that happened on campus, and the digital reality I had been exposed to shaped that experience.

In the world of Baudrillard’s hyperreal, information is experience. And as such, the standard old-school experimental psychology tests — “Here’s some information about global warming, how do you feel about regulation now?” and the standard negative campaigning studies don’t really apply to what where seeing right now. They don’t even come close. [...]

But whatever your take, I encourage you to think of disinformation in this way, at least for a bit — not as the spread of false information, but as the hacking of the simulated reality which we all must necessarily inhabit. As something that does not just change knowledge, but which produces new life experiences as real as the the Iraq War, your neighbor’s fight with cancer, or your child’s illness. To see it in this way is perhaps more terrifying, but ultimately necessary as we attempt to address the problem.
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1 hour ago by ayjay
Asian Americans' WeChat-Fueled War on Affirmative Action - The Atlantic
"WeChat's impact has to be understood as an information environment as a whole — it's kind of like a fishbowl in which you have these different narratives that kind of cohere together, one of which is the neglect and marginalization of Chinese Americans"
news  identity  china  asianamerican  government  law  information  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia 
5 hours ago by allaboutgeorge
​Why the NHS is killing paper records to save lives | ZDNet
The NHS still relies on paper for many patient records. Getting rid of it could free up time, and money.
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10 hours ago by tonys
‘Farsighted’ Review: How to Make Up Your Mind - WSJ
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By David A. Shaywitz
Sept. 11, 2018

..mission planners first systematically widened their thinking to define their options as broadly as possible, seeking a “full-spectrum appraisal of the state of things and a comprehensive list of potential choices.” Then they coned down the alternatives by playing out multiple scenarios, exploring all the ways the mission could go wrong........When faced with complex choices we tend to frame problems in a narrow fashion. .......seek participation from as broad and diverse a group as possible.....a diversity of viewpoints isn’t enough. Citing the legal scholar Cass Sunstein, Mr. Johnson observes that, although “groups often possess a rich mix of information distributed among their members,” when they assemble “they tend to focus on shared information.” Thus it is important to design a process that exposes “unshared information”—by meeting individually with stakeholders, for instance, instead of merely convening a town hall. Similarly, he cites research revealing that two-thirds of organizational decisions never contemplate more than a single option. There is a “gravitational pull toward the initial framing of the decision.” To overcome it, he suggests considering what might be done if the presumptive path forward were suddenly blocked....“Uncertainty can’t simply be analyzed out of existence,” ...What scenarios and simulations can offer is a way to “prepare you for the many ways that the future might unexpectedly veer.”..... Linear value modeling, for example, weighs the relative importance of different goals, while a bad-outcomes approach examines worst-case possibilities........given the challenges of making high-stakes global decisions. How should we respond, as a planet, to the challenges of addressing climate change, communicating with alien life forms or managing computers with superintelligence? The answer seems to be: by convening diverse experts and hoping for the best. ....... Great novels matter because “they let us experience parallel lives, and see the complexity of those experiences in vivid detail.”........ fundamentally, choices concern competing narratives, and we’re likely to make better choices if we have richer stories, with more fleshed-out characters, a more nuanced understanding of motives, and a deeper appreciation of how decisions are likely to reverberate and resound.
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11 hours ago by jerryking
CVE security vulnerability database. Security vulnerabilities, exploits, references and more
CVEdetails.com is a free CVE security vulnerability database/information source. You can view CVE vulnerability details, exploits, references, metasploit modules, full list of vulnerable products and cvss score reports and vulnerability trends over time
database  information  security  software  exploit 
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3 days ago by bperrier
Inside the British Army's secret information warfare machine | WIRED UK
They are soldiers, but the 77th Brigade edit videos, record podcasts and write viral posts. Welcome to the age of information warfare
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3 days ago by tonys
Using topic pages to organise content on GOV.UK
“GOV.UK has a lot of content and more is published every day. Some users can struggle to find what they need when they navigate through all this content. To try and solve this problem, we launched the GOV.UK site-wide taxonomy. This is our way of organising content so it’s easier to find and understand. For this new site-wide taxonomy to work, we had to find a new way for users to navigate it to find what they need. Our answer to this was to create topic pages, for example ‘Education, training and skills’. These pages show content that belongs to every topic, at every level, of the taxonomy. But our user research showed that users do not only think about topic when they are looking for something. They also think about the content type of the content they're searching for. Corporate reports, consultations and guidance are all examples of content types.”
organising  information  architecture  ia  system  design  content  strategy  organisations  findability  browse  topics  page  web  theweb 
5 days ago by adriancooke
Webinar Recap: How to Use Site Search as a Marketing Multiplier with JP Sherman & Jon Myers
“For this month’s edition of our DeepCrawl webinar series, Jon Myers was joined by JP Sherman, who is an Enterprise Search & Findability Expert at Red Hat. JP gave us all a lot to think about and test for our own sites with his insights into utilising onsite search to better connect with users, match their intents and, ultimately, drive more revenue. JP’s field of expertise is ‘connecting people to the information they’re looking for’ no matter what channel they’re coming from, so we couldn’t think of anyone better to come and talk to our audience about this topic.”
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5 days ago by adriancooke

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