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  • Most senior managers simply don’t understand technology and are unwilling to learn. Secondly, because they don’t understand technology, yet know it’s powerful, they believe it’s magical.
  • can have inherent bias written into them
  • “Most of the people behind these algorithms don’t give a damn about you.”

  • Unlike any other medium the Internet facilitated the ability of individuals to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds instantaneously and inexpensively across national borders. By vastly expanding the capacity of individuals to enjoy their right to freedom of opinion and expression, which is an ‘enabler’ of other human rights, the Internet boosts economic, social and political development, and contributes to the progress of humankind as a whole.[11]
  • the Internet presents a compelling platform for the decentralising of information and of institutional control – at its best it acts as a leveller to access to knowledge.
  • the ‘truth rationale’ where ‘true opinion’ can be identified, and ‘false ideas’ exposed through criticism

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  • live and work as if everything about us is known—or at the very least—knowable. We have a choice. To be transparent. Or to be made transparent.
  • controlled the flow of information
  • they have lost control of the flow of information

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  • a system anyone can use to directly report the inadvertent blocking of their site to ISPs or check if their site is affected
  • filters provided by TalkTalk, BT and Sky were all overblocking harmless material including sites on sex education
  • filters that not only cover hardcore pornography, but hate speech, self-harm, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, dating, nudity, violence, gambling, social networking, file-sharing, games and more

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  • web filters designed to protect young people from adult content
  • Sites that have been caught up by web filters include a Porsche broker, political blog Guido Fawkes and a post-pregnancy care site.
  • custom filters may still be catching your site

  • school can’t access
  • This block is due to a filter making a stupid choice due to inherent weaknesses of the technology
Sep 26, 16

Passion, patience, polite persistence: What a customer champion needs: Gerry McGovern https://t.co/LsJsVI8lSI

Sep 26, 16

"Zotfile is a Zotero plugin to manage your attachments: automatically rename, move, and attach PDFs (or other files) to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files."

  • Files that are copied to this folder should automatically appear in your PDF reader application. One possibility is Dropbox
  • enable the option ‘Use ZotFile to send and get files from tablet’.
  • right-click on a zotero item and select ‘Send to Tablet’ under ‘Manage Attachments’
Sep 26, 16

"we must make sure the cloud does not hinder the creation of revolutionary software that, like the Web itself, can seem esoteric at first but utterly necessary later"

  • If you entrust your data to others, they can let you down or outright betray you. For example, if your favorite music is rented or authorized from an online subscription service rather than freely in your custody as a compact disc or an MP3 file on your hard drive, you can lose your music if you fall behind on your payments — or if the vendor goes bankrupt or loses interest in the service. Last week Amazon apparently conveyed a publisher’s change-of-heart to owners of its Kindle e-book reader: some purchasers of Orwell’s “1984” found it removed from their devices, with nothing to show for their purchase other than a refund.
  • data stored online has less privacy protection both in practice and under the law
  • in today’s cloud all you need is a password

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Sep 26, 16

Annotations are short notes that you can add to dates within your Google Analytics reports.

  • use annotations to mark important dates within your reports
  • Anything that has caused a spike or dip in traffic is usually important to add as an annotation.
  • Major website changes, including launching a new website or adding lots of new content

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Sep 26, 16

@vfowler here's the link to my @MelbCSS code and slides - https://t.co/O07VAGunFA cc/@ShazEKing #MelbCss

    • UP and DOWN: Cycles through auto-suggestions and input field.
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    • ESC: Close the menu
  • and close the menu
  • TAB: Close the menu, leave what the user has typed in the textbox and move focus to the next focusable element.

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  • McDonald's joins other chains including Panera Bread and Chick-Fil-A in censoring its public Wi-Fi networks, but one of EiE's other big targets — Starbucks — has yet to take the same steps.
  • Starbucks isn't the only place to have problems with visitors watching inappropriate content in public. Last month it was reported that homeless and young people in New York had been using Times Square's public internet kiosks to watch pornography
  • forcing operating company LinkNYC to install its own filter to block certain sites and searches
Sep 25, 16

"the selection, organization, and presentation of (usually) online material, either manually or by a computer program"

Sep 25, 16

There is strength in coming to a research assignment with a unconstrained view. @JohnCollery https://t.co/jUpZ7kyJTs https://t.co/X2z5msPeEh

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