Informed consent for human sensors
MARCH 5, 2016
Friend (CEO at that same outfit) write about a project in which users of a health monitoring app have given informed consent to have their data made available to other researchers. How to get informed consent via an app? The post Informed consent for human sensors appeared first on Joho the Blog
Information is the opposite of information
FEBRUARY 15, 2012
The ordinary language use of “information” in some ways is the opposite of the technical sense given the term by Claude Shannon — the sense that kicked off the Information Age. ” The more surprising the news is, the more important the information is. “I got some information today.
[2b2k] No, now that you mention it, we’re not overloaded with information
MARCH 8, 2012
On a podcast today, Mitch Joel asked me something I don’t think anyone else has: Are we experiencing information overload? That’s where I think we are with information overload. But it’s not Information Overload any more than the atmosphere is Air Overload. Information overload is so 1990s Including me.
[2b2k] Information overload? Not so much. (Part 2)
MARCH 9, 2012
Yesterday I tried to explain my sense that we’re not really suffering from information overload, while of course acknowledging that there is vastly more information out there than anyone could ever hope to master. We have been taught by our previous media that information is manageable.
[2b2k] [berkman] Alison Head on how students seek information
JANUARY 12, 2012
Omitting key information. Project Information Literacy is a research project that reaches across institutions. NOTE: Live-blogging.
[2b2k] 13 reasons why the Britannica failed on paper
MARCH 20, 2012
Topics had to be consistently shrunk or discarded to make room for new information. In the straight-up match between paper and Web, the Encyclopedia Britannica lost. This was as close to a sure thing as we get outside of the realm of macro physics and Meryl Streep movies. Topics were confined to rectangles of text. All the links were broken.
Reddit and community journalism
AUGUST 13, 2011
What’s interesting to a community is not enough to make us well informed because our community’s interests tend to be parochial and self-reinforcing. I’ve come to love Reddit. Reddit as it stands is not the future of news. It is, however, a hope for news. As at other sites, at Reddit readers post items they find interesting.
Aaron Swartz was not a hacker. He was a builder.
JANUARY 13, 2013
He was a builder: Aaron helped build the RSS standard that enabled a rush of information and ideas — what we blandly call “content” — to be distributed, encountered, and re-distributed. Of course Aaron was a legendary prodigy of a hacker in the sense of someone who can build anything out of anything. Aaron was not a hacker.
[berkman] Anil Dash on “The Web We Lost”
APRIL 2, 2013
Omitting key information. Now, with the introduction of Adlinks and AdSense, Google transformed links from the informative and aesthetic, to an economic tool for SEO. Anil Dash is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk, titled “The Web We Lost.” NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Paraphrasing badly.
[2b2k] Linking is a public good
FEBRUARY 26, 2012
Mathew’s point is that linking is a good journalistic practice, even if author of the the second article independently confirmed the information in the first, as happened in this case. It is thus a stopping point in the ecology of information. They create a web that is increasingly rich, useful, diverse, and trustworthy.
Transparency is the new objectivity
JULY 19, 2009
Nevertheless, objectivity — even as an unattainable goal — served an important role in how we came to trust information, and in the economics of newspapers in the modern age. We were told that bloggers have agendas, whereas journalists give us objective information. This change is, well, epochal. And then foolishness.
Library as starting point
OCTOBER 13, 2014
These are all straightforward ways to start record and use information about the items the community has voted for with its library cards. This then calls into question the expenditures libraries make to achieve that goal. Hat tip to Carl Straumsheim and Peter Suber.). The questioning is good. Library platform s can help.
[2b2k] Attribution isn’t just about credit. It’s about networking knowledge.
MAY 28, 2012
As the piece says about the Poynter Institute ‘s Kelly McBride : [McBride] struck another theme, echoed by other ethics experts: that providing such credit would have enabled readers to find other sources of information on the subject, especially through online links. “You get so much flak — these are difficult stories,” Ms.
Municipal nets, municipal electric power, and learning from history
JULY 26, 2014
The debate over whether municipalities should be allowed to provide Internet access has been heating up. Twenty states ban it. Learn from history?
Noam Chomsky, security, and equivocal information
NOVEMBER 17, 2013
It literally carries no information, even in the technical sense: it’s completely predictable and thus carries no info. I don’t doubt that the US security folks believe it, but it is without meaning. believe they are acting for the best of purposes. I am a little bit hung-up, however, on his equivocating on “information.”
[2b2k] Social Science in the Age of Too Big to Know
JANUARY 2, 2014
” Gary also points to “the coming end of the quantitative-qualitative divide” in the social sciences, as new techniques enable massive amounts of qualitative data to be quantified, enriching purely quantitative data and extracting additional information from the qualitative reports. ” 3.
AUGUST 10, 2012
TBL’s real genius was that he wrote protocols and standards by which hyperlinked information could be displayed and shared. Fun.).
[2b2k] Truth, knowledge, and not knowing: A response to “The Internet Ruins Everything”
DECEMBER 4, 2011
Quentin Hardy has written up on the NYT Bits blog the talk I gave at UC Berkeley’s School of Information a few days ago, refracting it through his intelligence and interests. It’s a terrific post and I appreciate it. want to amplify the answer I gave to Quentin’s question at the event. The bit about truth starts at 46:36.
[2b2k] Science as social object
JANUARY 5, 2013
” The results provided by search engines “may all be linked in a self-reinforcing informational spiral…” This leads them to ask an important question: Is the World Wide Web opening up a new world of easily accessible scientific information to lay audiences with just a few clicks? But all is not rosy. Mater.
Kew Gardens adopts Web principles for real-world wayfinding
MARCH 26, 2012
” From the abstract: In October 2010, Kew Gardens commissioned an in-depth study of visitors’ motivations and information needs around its 300-acre site, with the express aim that it should guide the development of new mobile apps. Hat-tip to Hanan Cohen for the link
Italy’s Declaration of Internet Rights
NOVEMBER 8, 2014
The bill aims to inform the debate about online civil liberties and fundamental freedoms during the Italian semester of the European Union presidency… I like the document a lot. A lot a lot. For more information, I strongly recommend the TechPresident article by Fabio Chiusi TechPresident explains that this came about.
[avignon] President Sarkozy
NOVEMBER 18, 2011
Omitting key information. They move us into the grand hall — vaulted ceilings — for a talk by Pres. Nikolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy has not exactly been a friend of the Internet. The last time I heard him talk was at LeWeb when he was a candidate. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Over-emphasizing small matters.
We are the medium
JANUARY 31, 2011
McLuhan was reacting against information science’s view of a medium as that through which a signal (or message) passes. Information science purposefully abstracted itself from every and any particular medium, aiming at theories that held whether you were talking about tin can telephones or an inter-planetary Web. tweet about it.
What the Internet actually is: A reminder for policy-makers
OCTOBER 31, 2015
According to Wikipdia, the FNC was “was chartered by the US National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Computing, Information and Communications (CCIC) to act as a forum for networking collaborations among US federal agencies…” It was dissolved in 1997. But its words are still good. More than good.
[sogeti] Andrew Keen on Vertigo and Big Data
OCTOBER 1, 2012
Omitting key information. Andrew Keen is speaking. (I liveblogged him this spring when he talked at a Sogeti conference.) His talk’s title: “How today’s online social revolution is dividing, diminishing, and disorienting us.” NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Introducing artificial choppiness.
David Weinberger - Untitled Article
APRIL 2, 2012
PS: No, I don’t know how to save the newspaper industry
Against hard cases
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Whether you or the solitary man on the track dies is of no interest to the utilitarian calculus, unless you throw in some more information, such as you are a reprobate who only has two weeks to live anyway, and the man on the tracks is an adorable baby whom we know will grow up to be the greatest Nobel Prize winner of them all.
[misc] I bet your ontology never thought of this one!
DECEMBER 18, 2012
For example, if you’re gathering information about books, you’d have a schema that has slots for title, author, date, publisher, etc. And I can see why that would be a crucial bit of information. The TBRC has a fantastic collection of Tibetan books.
[2b2k] The commoditizing and networking of facts
MARCH 31, 2012
In Wikidata you will be able to enter that information in a way that makes it processable by the computer. Ars Technica has a post about Wikidata , a proposed new project from the folks that brought you Wikipedia. there will be a discussion page, yes. [11:31] 2. every fact can always have references accompanying it. Literacy did this.
Restoring the Network of Bloggers
AUGUST 1, 2015
It can also contain other information, such as your interests. And now we’re off and running in building a social network in which each person owns her own information in a literal and straightforward sense. (I know I haven’t done justice to FOAF, but I hope I haven’t been inaccurate in describing it.). Facebook did.
Getting the path from the Dropbox API
JANUARY 16, 2016
Figuring out how to get that path information took me /for/ev/er. That function is passed information about the files that have been opened by the user in an array, but since I’m only allowing users to open one file at a time, the information is always going to be in the first and only element of that array. Someday.).
Revolution, politics, and the Internet
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
Omitting key information. Another guy had a network over there…We organized a lot of things to get the information out.” On November 11, I had the privilege of being on a panel with Slim Amamou (one of the leaders of the Tunisian revolution) and Rick Falkvinge (the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party). Getting things wrong.
Respect the Internet
OCTOBER 5, 2011
E.g., would you like to know that this morning I keynoted the Canadian Research Knowledge Network meeting outside of Ottawa, and that on Monday I gave the John Seely Brown lecture at the University of Michigan School of Information? The subtitle of the day is “Is marketing ruining the Net?” Networks tend toward transparency.
Micah Sifry: Why the Net’s effect on politics has disappointed us
DECEMBER 2, 2014
Our ability to get information now is amazing. It is not a perfect transcript of the event. and me. Kate Krontiris: Why did you write this book?
[berkman] Diana Kimball: Coding as a Liberal Art
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
Omitting key information. Diana Kimball [twitter: dianakimball ] is giving a Berkman lunchtime talk on coding as a liberal art. She’s a Berkman Fellow and at the Harvard Business School. Here are some of her posts on this topic.). NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Introducing artificial choppiness.
[berkman] From Freedom of Information to Open data … for open accountability
FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Omitting key information. The Web is making the Freedom of Information Act (FOIOA) obsolete. 2. An open data policy is necessary to keep freedom of information up to date, and to move toward open accountability. One of the cornerstones of transparency policy is freedom of information regulation. Filipe L. Missing points.
Violate copyright? No Facebook for you!
OCTOBER 14, 2012
” No, there’s nothing even remotely Soviet about continuous surveillance that judges you via a bureaucracy without appeal, and punishes you by blocking access to information until you come back from re-education camp. According to TorrentFreak , a leaked AT&T training doc indicates that starting on Nov.
Clay Shirky: Why do comments suck?
JANUARY 17, 2013
Omitting key information. At SCS13, Clay Shirky says that “Why do comments suck so bad?” ” is one of the questions that is perpetually asked in public discussions. So, what’s the answer? NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Cheap.
Some ways Jews are different from Christians
DECEMBER 25, 2012
That text has been preserved letter by letter throughout the ages through some careful information-transmission techniques. For the holidays, here are some differences between Judaism and Christianity. Jews are a people. You are a Jew if your mother was a Jew. Even the cooking? What are you, crazy?). You can’t convert to Italian.
[nextweb] The Open Source Bank of Brewster
APRIL 25, 2014
Omitting key information. I’m at the Next Web conference in Amsterdam. From my end of the bell curve, most crowds are young.) 28 apps.