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Ransomware Highlights The Vulnerabilities Of Aging City IT

In the past, aging infrastructure simply meant cumbersome, painful, slow and error-prone interactions with city government. Increasingly, those obsolete systems…

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Could Web Archives Serve As Canonical Online Imagery Archives To Combat Deep Fakes?

One of the few approaches to combating digital manipulation that requires no fancy or fragile algorithms is the reincorporation of…

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The Right To Unplug And Silence The World

The Web brought the chaotic cacophony of the entire world to our doorsteps. Perhaps the killer app of tomorrow will…

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Are Smartphone Dashboards Misleading Us?

Smartphone's limited interfaces, tiny screens and brief moments of our attention has encouraged app developers to present their information in…

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Our Smart Devices Should Warn Us About Cyberattacks And Data Reuse

Should smart devices should be required to provide greater awareness to their users of security and privacy issues? Read The…

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Fighting Deep Fakes Through Cellular Verification

As deep fakes increasingly compete with legitimate imagery in the informational ecosystem, it is increasingly difficult to determine whether a…

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Do Instagram's Ads Reinforce Harmful Stereotypes?

As society is becoming more aware of the dangers of sexist stereotypes and the immense harm such imagery can have…

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App And Device Development Today Is About Data Collection

Listen to the investor pitch of any new startup today building the next big digital app or device and chances…

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Is Social Media's Toxicity Because Of The Web's Shift From Enlightenment To Entertainment?

Could the key to the Web's salvation lie in a return to enlightenment? Read The Full Article.

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Are Behaviorally Targeted And Interest-Based Ads Really As Powerful As We Claim?

The modern ad-supported Web is built upon the idea that behaviorally-targeted and interest-based ads are vastly superior. There are growing…

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Much Of Our Government Digital Surveillance Is Outsourced To Private Companies

From acquiring and managing the vast datasets recording our daily lives to providing analytic software and services on top of…

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The Importance Of Canary Ads For Social Media Analytics

Specially crafted social media ads known as 'canary ads' can be used to assess baseline platform changes, ad selector deviations…

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Sometimes Data Science Is Not About Giving Answers Its About Asking Better Questions

Rather than acting as false evangelists perpetuating misleading stereotypes, data scientists would do better to clearly communicate the risk and…

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Data Scientists Need To Get Better About Communicating Uncertainty And Risk In Their Results

As the corporate and governmental decision-making process is increasingly data-driven, data scientists must learn how to better communicate risk and…

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Our Smart Technologies Will Increasingly Report Us To Law Enforcement

The Thought Police are already here and we are the ones paying for the privilege of their monitoring. Read The…

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Why Is Addictive Social Media Bad While Addictive Streaming Movie Platforms Are Good?

What is it that makes spending hours surfing social media a behavior to be corrected, while spending hours streaming movies…

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Social Media Is Not A Replacement For Professional Polling

Social media platforms, especially Twitter, have become the go-to datasets for the modern organization wishing to understand popular perception about…

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WashPost: Democrats Fret Over The Never-Ending Trump Show

The Washington Post notes how television coverage of Trump towers over coverage of the entire Democratic field combined. Read The…

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Is 'Big Data' About What We Do With Our Data Not How Much Of It We Have?

How do we define just what precisely counts as 'big data' and does it have more to do with what…

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The Web At 30 And Its Invisible And Omnipresent Future

As the modern Web celebrated its 30th birthday this year, it is worth thinking about what the next three decades…

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Will Future Robocallers Spoof The Voices Of Our Friends And Family?

Could future robocalling scams involve recording our voices to create text-to-speech voices that mimic us so well that they can…

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Is 'Governance By Twitter' Destroying Cooperation?

Could the increasing use of short-form social media platforms be destroying the very cooperation and collaboration that is so vital…

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Could AI Enable The Idea Of 'Reverse Fact Checking'?

What if we required every social media post to provide external attribution for its claims and used deep learning algorithms…

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Could Forcing Thoughtful Civil Discourse Save Social Media From Its Toxicity?

What if we created a new kind of social platform where profanity, sarcasm and emotionally-laden diatribes are all an artifact…