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Tell Google: Stop Killing Monopoly Research
"Our mission was to protect liberty and democracy from gigantic corporate monopolies. When we criticized Google for its monopoly practices, our program’s funding was cut."
google  government  lobbying  monopoly  platform  think-tank 
september 2017 by tsuomela
The Parable of Google Flu: Traps in Big Data Analysis
"In February 2013, Google Flu Trends (GFT) made headlines but not for a reason that Google executives or the creators of the flu tracking system would have hoped. Nature reported that GFT was predicting more than double the proportion of doctor visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which bases its estimates on surveillance reports from laboratories across the United States (1, 2). This happened despite the fact that GFT was built to predict CDC reports. Given that GFT is often held up as an exemplary use of big data (3, 4), what lessons can we draw from this error?"
big-data  epidemiology  google  data-curation  bias 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Flu Near You | HealthMap
"Flu Near You is a site administered by Healthmap of Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Flu Near You is open to anyone for browsing. Any individual living in the United States or Canada, 13 years of age or older, can register to complete brief, weekly surveys that help all of us learn more about the flu. This effort is supported with private funds to demonstrate its utility for multiple sectors who must work together for pandemic preparedness if data is openly shared. The information on the site will be available to public health officials, researchers, disaster planning organizations and anyone else who may find this information useful."
influenza  diseases  monitor  epidemiology  season  google  crowdsourcing  health 
september 2014 by tsuomela
Welcome to Google Island | Gadget Lab |
"I put the glasses back on, and took off my pants. We stood, naked, before each other with no secrets, no rules, and no shame. And I knew I never wanted to leave Google Island. Even if I could. "
google  online  internet  computer  technology  technology-effects  privacy  ethics  future  story 
october 2013 by tsuomela
WTF Is Waze And Why Did Google Just Pay A Billion+ For It? | TechCrunch
"This crowdsourced data, driver-sourced mapping, community curation and citizen traffic reporting adds an interactive element to the user experience, which not only quickly becomes addicting, but tends to be more accurate thanks to its obsessive (and often geeky) army of reporters relaying traffic data in realtime."
maps  gis  crowdsourcing  internet  mobile  google 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Google Blocks | OxCERT's blog
Story from Oxford on phishing attacks using Google Docs.
security  computer  network  google  spam 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Rebecca Solnit · Diary: Google Invades · LRB 7 February 2013
"There are ways in which Silicon Valley is nothing like this: it’s clean, quiet work, and here to stay in one form or another. But there are ways in which technology is just another boom and the Bay Area is once again a boomtown, with transient populations, escalating housing costs, mass displacements and the casual erasure of what was here before. I think of it as frontierism, with all the frontier’s attitude and operational style, where people without a lot of attachments come and do things without a lot of concern for their impact, where money moves around pretty casually, and people are ground underfoot equally casually."
business  money  frontier  city(SanFrancisco)  technology  google  silicon-valley 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Can librarians trust resources found on Google Scholar? Yes… and no. | Impact of Social Sciences
"In the information profession, there is a lot of talk about whether Google Scholar is a good resource for academics and, generally, librarians are hesitant to say that it is, especially if they work with science research. Librarians are a user-centered group, and understand that students like Google Scholar and use it often. But when science students ask about using Google Scholar for their research, many science librarians provide a response that advises students to be extra critical of search results found there or even direct them to different resources all together."
google  scholar  search-engine  scholarly-communication  libraries  search  academic 
september 2012 by tsuomela
Does Google Have Any Social Skills at All?
"The keynote sounded one futuristic clarion call after another: Glass, the wearable computer
google  technology  social  attitude  audience  engineering 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Dave's Page: Why Google is still not working for humans
"Ah, poor Google.  So full of really smart people, so detached from reality.  I say this with great respect for my many friends and colleagues who work there.  Your fundamental inhumanity is your tragic flaw, and the thing that made you so good providing search is going to doom you in the social space."
google  social-media  facebook  competition 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Offloading Memory: Good or Bad for the Brain? - Edward Tenner - Technology - The Atlantic
"Technology is indeed our friend, but it can become a dangerous flatterer, creating an illusion of control. Professors and librarians have been disappointed by the actual search skills even of elite college students, as I discussed here. We need quite a bit in our wetware memory to help us decide what information is best to retrieve. I've called this the search conundrum.

The issue isn't whether most information belongs online rather than in the head. We were storing externally even before Gutenberg. It's whether we're offloading the memory that we need to process the other memory we need. Strangely enough, Google Book Search still doesn't display a full copy of Malton's over 200-year-old masterpiece. Let's have it online soon. But let's not forget that healthy sense of "insufficiency.""
augmentation  mental  language  technology  google  psychology  mind  memory  technology-effects 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Google, memory and the damp drawers Olympics « Mind Hacks
"Memory management in general is known as metamemory and the storage of pointers to other information sources (usually people) rather than the content itself, is known as transactive memory.

Think of working in a team where the knowledge is shared across members. Effectively, transactive memory is a form of social memory where each individual is adjusting how much the"
online  memory  psychology  technology-effects  google 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips
The advent of the Internet, with sophisticated algorithmic search engines, has made accessing information as easy as lifting a finger. No longer do we have to make costly efforts to find the things we want. We can "Google" the old classmate, find articles online, or look up the actor who was on the tip of our tongue. The results of four studies suggest that when faced with difficult questions, people are primed to think about computers and that when people expect to have future access to information, they have lower rates of recall of the information itself and enhanced recall instead for where to access it. The Internet has become a primary form of external or transactive memory, where information is stored collectively outside ourselves.
google  cognition  psychology  technology-effects 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Curation is the New Search is the New Curation
"What has happened is that Google's ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha. It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance -- in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape. Search results in many categories are now honey pots embedded in ruined landscapes -- traps for the unwary. It has turned search back into something like it was in the dying days of first-generation algorithmic search, like Excite and Altavista: results so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page -- the first page was a smoking hulk of algo-optimized awfulness."
search  searchengine  curation  internet  spam  google 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Three's a Trend: The Decline of Google Search Quality - Anil Dash
Building momentum for a trend that I thought started four or five years ago when Wikipedia became the top-result for every search.
search  searchengine  google  quality  information 
january 2011 by tsuomela
The Innovative Educator: Controlling your digital identity is as easy as 1-2-3
1. Get in touch with your digital footprint
2. Determine if your digital footprint conveys the message you want
3. Begin taking control of your digital footprint
reputation-management  online  culture  identity  google  search 
july 2010 by tsuomela
Official Blog: Seeing the forest through the cloud
In developing this prototype, we've collaborated with Greg Asner of Carnegie Institution for Science, and Carlos Souza of Imazon. Greg and Carlos are both at the cutting edge of forest science and have developed software that creates forest cover and deforestation maps from satellite imagery. Organizations across Latin America use Greg's program, Carnegie Landsat Analysis System (CLASlite), and Carlos' program, Sistema de Alerta de Deforestation (SAD), to analyze forest cover change. However, widespread use of this analysis has been hampered by lack of access to satellite imagery data and computational resources for processing.

What if we could offer scientists and tropical nations access to a high-performance satellite imagery-processing engine running online, in the “Google cloud”? And what if we could gather together all of the earth’s raw satellite imagery data — petabytes of historical, present and future data — and make it easily available on this platform?
environment  google  maps  technology  earth  satellite  remote-sensing  data-processing  gis  geography  deforestation  cloud  collaboration  data  sharing 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Google, China, and the New High Ground of Advantage - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
The only way to step past the industrial era's zombified endgame is the new high ground, because only an ethical edge can do all the good stuff above. The old high ground was built for 20th century economics: sell more junk, earn more profit, "grow" — and then crash. An ethical edge operates at a higher economic level. It is concerned with what we sell, how profits are earned, and which authentic, human benefits "grow." It's a concept built for the economics of an interdependent world.
economics  future  ethics  business  business-model  china  google 
january 2010 by tsuomela
The Public Index
Welcome to the Public Index, a site to study and discuss the proposed Google Book Search settlement. Here, you can browse and annotate the proposed settlement, section-by-section.
google  google-books  law  lawsuit  intellectual-property 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Facebook and Google: Parochialize your Intarnet! | Savage Minds
The metrics of trust embodied by Google are a set of ideals grounded in the idea of a vast library, a global brain, “the world’s information” and the Internet as a vast sea of computable texts and actions
facebook  google  culture  information  ideals 
july 2009 by tsuomela
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