Category «Internet Trends»

We spent six years scouring billions of links, and found the web is both expanding and shrinking

More than a quarter of a century since its first commercial use, the growth of the online world is now slowing down in some key categories. A multi-year research project analyzing global trends in online diversity and dominance conducted by Paul X. McCarthy and Marian-Andrei Rizoiu reveals a dramatic consolidation of attention towards a shrinking (but increasingly dominant) group of online organizations. So, while there is still growth in the functions, features and applications offered on the web, the number of entities providing these functions is shrinking.

Subjects: Internet Trends, KM, Privacy, Social Media

It’s not just a social media problem – how search engines spread misinformation

Chirag Shah, Associate Professor in the Information School, University of Washington and Founding Director of InfoSeeking Lab, which focuses on issues related to information seeking, human-computer interaction (HCI), and social media. Shah’s research describes how search engines are not just one of society’s primary gateways to information and people, but they are also conduits for misinformation. Similar to problematic social media algorithms, search engines learn to serve you what you and others have clicked on before. Because people are drawn to the sensational, this dance between algorithms and human nature can foster the spread of misinformation.

Subjects: AI, Internet Trends, KM, Search Engines, Search Strategies, Social Media

Private browsing: What it does – and doesn’t do – to shield you from prying eyes on the web

Prof. Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University and Hana Habib, Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University, highlight their research on how many people who use private browsing have misconceptions about what protection they’re gaining. A common misconception is that these browser modes allow you to browse the web anonymously, surfing the web without websites identifying you and without your internet service provider or your employer knowing what websites you visit. The tools actually provide much more limited protections.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Competitive Intelligence, Internet Trends, KM, Legal Research, Online Legal Research Services, Privacy, Search Engines, Search Strategies, Social Media, Spyware

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues March 15, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Dressing for the Surveillance Age; How To Tell If Your Smart Home Security Camera Is Hacked; Digital security best practices for working remotely; and The best, and the worst, of the coronavirus dashboards.

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Cybersecurity, Education, Healthcare, Internet Trends, KM, Privacy, Search Engines, Social Media, Viruses & Hoaxes

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues February 15, 2020

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: 2019 Internet Crime Report Released; The silent threat of the coronavirus: America’s dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals; Equifax breach: How Chinese army hackers allegedly stole personal info; and How to Share Files Securely Online: Dropbox, Firefox Send, and More.

Subjects: AI, Big Data, Civil Liberties, Computer Security, Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Data Mining, Economy, Education, Financial System, Government Resources, Health, Internet Trends, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, October 5, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: EU can force Facebook and social media platforms to remove content globally; How to Set Your Google Data to Self-Destruct; The whistleblowing process, explained; and ABA Tech Report 2019.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Gadgets/Gizmos, Government Resources, Internet Trends, Legal Research, Pornography, Privacy, WiFi

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 28, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Viral App FaceApp Now Owns Access To More Than 150 Million People’s Faces And Names; What Does Incognito Mode Actually Do? Here’s Everything You Need to Know; How vulnerable are the undersea cables that power the global internet?; and Equifax To Pay Hundreds Of Millions In Data Breach Settlement (with many caveats).

Subjects: Congress, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Email, Email Security, Government Resources, Internet Trends, Legal Research, Privacy, Social Media, Spyware

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues July 19, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: Trump is rattling sabers in cyberspace — but is the U.S. ready?; Casting the Dark Web in a New Light; Army researchers develop metrics for cyber defenders’ agility; and How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Account.

Subjects: Civil Liberties, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Health, Internet Trends, KM, Privacy

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues June 22, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: It’s Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser; Adobe Develops Tool to Identify Photoshopped Images of Faces; Millions of Business Listings on Google Maps Are Fake and Google Profits; and Protect your online identity now: Fight hackers with these 5 security safeguards

Subjects: AI, Civil Liberties, Cyberlaw, Cybersecurity, Email Security, Internet Trends, KM, Legal Research, Privacy, RSS Newsfeeds, Search Engines, Search Strategies, Social Media, Technology Trends

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues April 20, 2019

Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly complex and wide ranging ways technology is used to compromise and diminish our privacy and security, often without our situational awareness. Four highlights from this week: WikiLeaks set 21st century model for cyber-leak journalism; Your car is watching you. Who owns the data?; Facebook, lose my digits: Here’s how to unlist your phone number; and What e-books at the library mean for your privacy.

Subjects: Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, E-Books, Health, Internet Trends, KM, Libraries & Librarians, Privacy, Social Media