Archive for the ‘Web’ Category

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

2017/04/21

(The Atlantic) – James Somers:

Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them. …

theatlantic 2017/04 523320

Burning Library of Alexandria

Soziale-Medien-Demokratie

2015/12/09

(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Der Diskurs im Netz ist kaputt – und damit zu einem verheerenden Modell auch für den politischen Diskurs der Gegenwart geworden. Die Verhaltensweisen der Trolle werden politisch hoffähig, von Donald Trump bis Frauke Petry. …

spiegel…1066848

Frauke Petry

Mehr Schweiger, weniger Seehofer

2015/07/22

(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Die sozialen Medien zeigen, was die Gesellschaft bewegt. Jetzt eskaliert die Flüchtlingsdebatte. Rassisten fühlen sich durch die Hetze im Netz ermutigt. Wer auch nur einen Funken Empathie besitzt, muss sich dem entgegenstellen. …

spiegel…1044754

Til Schweiger

Netz-Bullshit

2015/03/13

(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – Sascha Lobo:

Je wichtiger die digitale Vernetzung wird, desto intensiver beschäftigt sich die Öffentlichkeit mit dem Internet und moderner Technik. Dabei wird vor allem Bullshit produziert.

Die häufigsten Geschmacksrichtungen des Bullshits sind: Ideologie-, Kontrast-, Wichtigkeits-, Betonungs- und Definitions-Bullshit. …

spiegel…1022976

Bullshit

Healthy Google

2015/03/04

(Slate::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

Google have updated their search results about health conditions. They now provide information that’s curated and vetted by doctors, including the Mayo Clinic!

That’s fantastic. So, for example, when you Google “measles,” the first couple of results are (as usual) news items, then links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Mayo Clinic, and Wikipedia. I’ll note that when I dug down a few pages in the results list, there still wasn’t a single anti-vax site to be seen. Nice. …

bad_astronomy/2015/03/04/google_health

Google on measles

API

2015/02/03

(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

If you do things right, it can take people a while before they realize that your “API documentation” is just instructions for how to look at your website. …

xkcd…1481

xkcd 1481: API

Encrypt the Web for Free

2014/12/11

(The Intercept) – Micah Lee:

If we’ve learned one thing from the Snowden revelations, it’s that what can be spied on will be spied on. Since the advent of what used to be known as the World Wide Web, it has been a relatively simple matter for network attackers – whether it’s the NSA, Chinese intelligence, your employer, your university, abusive partners, or teenage hackers on the same public WiFi as you – to spy on almost everything you do online.

HTTPS, the technology that encrypts traffic between browsers and websites, fixes this problem – anyone listening in on that stream of data between you and, say, your Gmail window or bank’s web site would get nothing but useless random characters – but is woefully under-used. The ambitious new non-profit Let’s Encrypt aims to make the process of deploying HTTPS not only fast, simple, and free, but completely automatic. …

theintercept/2014/11/20/non-profit

Let’s Encrypt

Einstein’s Papers Online

2014/12/10

(Preposterous Universe) – Sean Carroll:

If any scientist in recent memory deserves to have every one of their words captured and distributed widely, it’s Albert Einstein. Surprisingly, many of his writings have been hard to get a hold of, especially in English; he wrote an awful lot, and mostly in German. The Einstein Papers Project has been working heroically to correct that, and the release of the Digital Einstein Papers, an open resource that puts the master’s words just a click away, marks a major step forward. …

preposterousuniverse…2014/12/05/einstein

Digital Einstein Papers

Netzpolitik.org feiert Geburtstag

2014/10/17

(SPIEGEL Netzwelt) – ore/dpa:

Auch weil netzpolitik.org Interna der Bundesregierung veröffentlicht hat, bekommen Abgeordnete nun Drohbriefe aus dem Kanzleramt. Fast schon ein Geschenk für das kleine Blog, das gerade zehn Jahre Geburtstag feiert. …

spiegel…997814

netzpolitik.org

WordPress Botnet

2013/04/12

(Krebs on Security) – Brian Krebs:

Security experts are warning that an escalating series of online attacks designed to break into poorly-secured WordPress blogs is fueling the growth of an unusually powerful botnet currently made up of more than 90,000 Web servers. …

krebsonsecurity.com/2013/04…wordpress-botnet

Wordpress + bug