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US defense chief calls cyberspace battlefront of the future - Reuters

ITBusiness.caUS defense chief calls cyberspace battlefront of the futureReutersPanetta says banks, power grids are among the targets. * Cyber security expert says warnings are not hyperbole. By David Alexander.
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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune - BBC News

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales creates news service Wikitribune - BBC News | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Wikipedia's co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a news service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers.

His goal is for Wikitribune to offer "factual and neutral" articles that help combat the problem of "fake news".

The service is intended to be both ad-free and free-to-read, so will rely on supporters making regular donations.

One expert said it had the potential to become a trusted site, but suggested its influence might be limited.

Wikitribune shares many of the features already found in Mr Wales's online encyclopaedia, including the need for writers to detail the source of each fact and a reliance on the public to edit articles to keep them accurate.

However, while anybody can make changes to a page, they will only go live if a staff member or trusted community volunteer approves them.

The other big difference is that the core team of writers will be paid, although there may also be instances in which a volunteer writes the initial draft and then a staff member edits it.
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A demo version of the site, seen by the BBC, declared "the news is broken and we can fix it".

Mr Wales explained that he believed the advertising-based model used by most of the media had led it to "chase clicks", which affected standards.

"I think we're in a world right now where people are very concerned about making sure we have high quality fact-based information, so I think there will be demand for this," he told the BBC.

"We're getting people to sign up as monthly supporters and the more monthly supporters we have the more journalists we can hire.

"In terms of minimums, if we could only hire two journalists then it would be a blog and not really worth doing.

"But I would love to start with a lot more - 10 to 20."

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Can #digital #literacy be deconstructed into learnable units?

Can #digital #literacy be deconstructed into learnable units? | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it

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7 Important On-Page SEO Optimization Essentials Of 2017

7 Important On-Page SEO Optimization Essentials Of 2017 | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
If you want to rank higher on search engines in 2017 then you need to implement these important on-page SEO optimization essentials.
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The internet can bring your product and image to more people than ever before. It does not do so automatically, as its search engines have to sift through more pages than we can imagine. Those who succeed in promoting their own page through increasingly specialized SEO practices have a clear advantage over others.

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Google says it is on track to definitively prove it has a quantum computer in a few months’ time

Google says it is on track to definitively prove it has a quantum computer in a few months’ time | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The search giant plans to reach a milestone in computing history before the year is out.
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‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Given Release Dates (Again)

‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Given Release Dates (Again) | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Four follow-ups to James Cameron’s sci-fi spectacle are scheduled, with the first to be released in December 2020.
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There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware

There's now a tool to test for NSA spyware | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Has your computer been infected with a suspected NSA spying implant? A security researcher has come up with a free tool that can tell.
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This New Browser Plug-in Lets You Access Millions of Scientific Papers for Free

This New Browser Plug-in Lets You Access Millions of Scientific Papers for Free | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
If you're of the mindset that knowledge should be freely accessible to as many humans as possible, paywalls for academic journals can be downright frustrating. Now a free browser extension is promising to bust through those paywalls wherever possible.

Unpaywall was launched earlier this month by the open source not-for-profit Impactstory – funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – and it's already making a splash in the traditional publishing industry.

Install the plug-in on your Chrome or Firefox desktop browser, and it will start displaying a little lock symbol whenever you're on the landing page of an article in an academic journal.

If the plug-in can find a freely accessible full-text copy of the paper you're looking at, the lock symbol turns from grey to green, and you can simply click on it to get the PDF. If the lock is gold, the article you're reading already has an open access licence.

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Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand

Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
So wrote Wired’s Chris Anderson in 2008. It kicked up a little storm at the time, as Anderson, the magazine’s editor, undoubtedly intended. For example, an article in a journal of molecular biology asked, “…if we stop looking for models and hypotheses, are we still really doing science?” The answer clearly was supposed to be: “No.”

But today — not even a decade since Anderson’s article — the controversy sounds quaint. Advances in computer software, enabled by our newly capacious, networked hardware, are enabling computers not only to start without models — rule sets that express how the elements of a system affect one another — but to generate their own, albeit ones that may not look much like what humans would create. It’s even becoming a standard method, as any self-respecting tech company has now adopted a “machine-learning first” ethic.

We are increasingly relying on machines that derive conclusions from models that they themselves have created, models that are often beyond human comprehension, models that “think” about the world differently than we do.

But this comes with a price. This infusion of alien intelligence is bringing into question the assumptions embedded in our long Western tradition. We thought knowledge was about finding the order hidden in the chaos. We thought it was about simplifying the world. It looks like we were wrong. Knowing the world may require giving up on understanding it.

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In Five Years, Your Smartphone Could Be Reading Your Mind

In Five Years, Your Smartphone Could Be Reading Your Mind | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
New technology enables thought to be translated into audible words with surprising accuracy by reading user's brainwaves. The developers say they might be able to get the device to work with smartphones via an app in just five years.

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This device can literally read your thoughts.

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We're Entering A New Era of Mass Collaboration

In a networked world, the best way to become a dominant player is to be an indispensable partner

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The Fight Against Fake News: How to Teach Your Students to be Super Sleuths - via EasyBib May 4 webinar

The Fight Against Fake News: How to Teach Your Students to be Super Sleuths - via EasyBib May 4 webinar | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm EDT.  Can’t make it? If you register, you will receive a recording of the webinar that you can watch at your leisure. What We’ll Cover: Information is everywhere and unfortunately, it’s not all trustworthy. As educators, we should make it a priority …

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Is Matter Conscious?

Is Matter Conscious? | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it

But perhaps consciousness is not uniquely troublesome. Going back to Gottfried Leibniz and Immanuel Kant, philosophers of science have struggled with a lesser known, but equally hard, problem of matter. What is physical matter in and of itself, behind the mathematical structure described by physics? This problem, too, seems to lie beyond the traditional methods of science, because all we can observe is what matter does, not what it is in itself—the “software” of the universe but not its ultimate “hardware.” On the surface, these problems seem entirely separate. But a closer look reveals that they might be deeply connected.


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What is a customer mental model?

What is a customer mental model? | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Simply put, a mental model is what the user believes about a particular system. This system doesn't have to be a digital product or service, it could be anything from a supermarket store to the entire end-to-end journey of buying a car.

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Epic Virtual Reality Experiences at Tribeca Film Festival Through April 30th

Epic Virtual Reality Experiences at Tribeca Film Festival Through April 30th | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
New York's Tribeca Film Festival, running through April 30th, features one of the world's greatest showcases of VR art, installations and storytelling.
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 New Forms of Literacy Worldwide - The Never Ending Thesis

 New Forms of Literacy Worldwide - The Never Ending Thesis | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it

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How technology created a global village — and put us at each other’s throats - The Boston Globe

How technology created a global village — and put us at each other’s throats - The Boston Globe | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
We live in a time defined not by concord but by conflict.
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Technology is an amplifier. It magnifies our best traits, and it magnifies our worst.

What it doesn’t do is make us better people. That’s a job we can’t offload on machines.

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Digital: We’ve Only Just Begun

Digital: We’ve Only Just Begun | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
“Digitization has barely started, and so has the accompanying upheaval” - Jacques Bughin, Mckinsey That’s a scary thought – but accurate. That thought comes from a recent Mckinsey Insights post titled: Think digital is a big deal? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Thanks to Heidi Schwende for sharing this article. Their research finds that digital…
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As digitization gets closer to full industry penetration, the impact grows significantly, roughly doubling the average hit to both revenues and profits from current average levels. We may be approaching a major tipping point, where the entrants start to lead the digital race. What’s more, the further digitization has advanced within an industry, the bigger the role the entrants play. In media, for example, digital newcomers now hold 54% of digital revenues, while in CPG they only hold 41%

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The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next

The smartphone is eventually going to die — this is Mark Zuckerberg's crazy vision for what comes next | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg's 10-year plan is going to change the world in some crazy ways, as we learned this week.
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Great example of 'the future is ours to invent'...also answers the question among all the stacks, "What do we do with our sheep?"

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Managed Detection and Response | Threat Hunting | Countercept

Managed Detection and Response | Threat Hunting | Countercept | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Countercept provides a managed detection and response service; providing 24/7 real time threat hunting and monitoring of your digital assets.
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Are 'machine values' replacing our principles? - Futurity

Are 'machine values' replacing our principles? - Futurity | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
We need to consider the possible consequences of our 24-7 reliance on digital technology, warns a new book.

Our dependence on our phones, tablets, and laptops has dramatically changed how we communicate and interact, and is slowly eroding some of our core principles, says Michael Bugeja, professor and director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. Bugeja is not advocating against technology—in fact, he relies on it for his work and personal life.

But in his forthcoming book, Interpersonal Divide in the Age of the Machine (Oxford University Press, 2017), Bugeja explores what might happen if we allow machines to dictate our life. Those machines range from smartphones to robotics to virtual reality. Bugeja theorizes that because of our reliance on machines, we will start to develop the universal principles of technology, such as urgency, a need for constant updates, and a loss of privacy.

“We are losing empathy, compassion, truth-telling, fairness, and responsibility and replacing them with all these machine values,” Bugeja says. “If we embed ourselves in technology, what happens to those universal principles that have stopped wars and elevated human consciousness and conscience above more primitive times in history?”

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Googling gives us answers—but deprives us of intelligence

Googling gives us answers—but deprives us of intelligence | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Search engines play one of the most significant roles in our technologically enabled lives by shaping how we conceptualize and interact with information, knowledge, wisdom, and arguably reality itself. They are our externalized reasoning machines, both facilitating our access to knowledge and quickly becoming our knowledge. They are where we go to research, clarify, and definitively answer our queries, which go on to form the substance of our opinions, views, and beliefs.

From the explicit knowledge acquired from the lost art of slow, considered research to the implicit knowledge lost in imagining what we don’t yet know, search engines are surreptitiously eroding the richness and diversity of our knowledge and lives. We reveal our deepest inner thoughts, fears, and desires to search-engine technologies, replacing the intimate human services otherwise offered by teachers, doctors, librarians, friends, confidants, psychiatrists, religious representatives, and respected elders.

This problem is underscored by worrying reports that document UK students citing “fake news” as objective facts in schoolwork and classroom debates, US sixth graders being taught “news literacy” out of necessity, and the global epidemic of a “post-truth” era that still finds no clear solutions or remedies. As we watch the next-generation—who have never known life without the internet—set adrift in a new world of inherent ambiguity, we urgently need to evolve search engines in parallel with the rapid pace of social progress.

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The real issue is how we separate "fake news" from "real, verifiable news."  How do we differentiate between rumor and fact based on our internet searches?  Better search engines will have to be developed to mitigate this issue.

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To Help Save the Planet, This Entrepreneur Builds Sustainable Farms in Urban Cities

To Help Save the Planet, This Entrepreneur Builds Sustainable Farms in Urban Cities | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
This CEO and co-founder is focusing his efforts on sustainable farming -- one city at a time.

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Is Matter Conscious? - Issue 47: Consciousness - Nautilus

Is Matter Conscious? - Issue 47: Consciousness - Nautilus | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The nature of consciousness seems to be unique among scientific puzzles. Not only do neuroscientists have no fundamental explanation…
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