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The Age of 'Infopolitics' - NYTimes.com
Our confusion is a sign that we need a new way of thinking about our informational milieu. What we need is a concept of infopolitics that would help us understand the increasingly dense ties between politics and information. Infopolitics encompasses not only traditional state surveillance and data surveillance, but also “data analytics” (the techniques that enable marketers at companies like Target to detect, for instance, if you are pregnant), digital rights movements (promoted by organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation), online-only crypto-currencies (like Bitcoin or Litecoin), algorithmic finance (like automated micro-trading) and digital property disputes (from peer-to-peer file sharing to property claims in the virtual world of Second Life). These are only the tip of an enormous iceberg that is drifting we know not where.
tech  information  surveillance  privacy  2014 
january 2014 by jju
Neil Gaiman bit about librarians
We’ve gone from looking at a desert, in which a librarian had to walk into the desert for you and come back with a lump of gold, to a forest, to this huge jungle in which what you want is one apple. And at that point, the librarian can walk into the jungle and come back with the apple.
neilgaiman  librarians  information  2010  culture 
july 2013 by jju
Bio-hackers, crime journalism, and socialstructing the future - Boing Boing
“What’s more important is not that he was arrested,” says Paul, “but that for seven years he tried moving his business to Azerbaijan and to various places, and these people, these local journalists, would always find my story. Or some parent who was interested in adopting would find it. So then I realized that archived information has a lot of power. If it’s proper information, if it’s sourced correctly, if it’s put in a good form, if it’s backed by documents, then it can have impact for a very long time.”
journalism  archives  information  social  2013  book 
april 2013 by jju
Noise and Signal
In business and economic decision-making, data causes severe side effects —data is now plentiful thanks to connectivity; and the share of spuriousness in the data increases as one gets more immersed into it. A not well discussed property of data: it is toxic in large quantities —even in moderate quantities.

The previous two chapters showed how you can use and take advantage of noise and randomness; but noise and randomness can also use and take advantage of you, particularly when totally unnatural —the data you get on the web or thanks to the media.

The more frequently you look at data, the more noise you are disproportionally likely to get (rather than the valuable part called the signal); hence the higher the noise to signal ratio. And there is a confusion, that is not psychological at all, but inherent in the data itself. Say you look at information on a yearly basis, for stock prices or the fertilizer sales of your father-in-law’s factory, or inflation numbers in Vladivostock. Assume further that for what you are observing, at the yearly frequency the ratio of signal to noise is about one to one (say half noise, half signal) —it means that about half of changes are real improvements or degradations, the other half comes from randomness. This ratio is what you get from yearly observations. But if you look at the very same data on a daily basis, the composition would change to 95% noise, 5% signal. And if you observe data on an hourly basis, as people immersed in the news and markets price variations do, the split becomes 99.5% noise to .5% signal. That is two hundred times more noise than signal —which is why anyone who listens to news (except when very, very significant events take place) is one step below sucker.
information  2012  noise 
may 2012 by jju
How Hard Can it Be?
How could it be a man's job while a woman is doing it? How can computers be masculine when women and girls use them every day?
feminism  tech  computers  information  2011 
august 2011 by jju
ALA Twitter Feeds
Inforg using hashtags, putting up a list of them on their wiki
ala  library  hashtags  wiki  lists  information  organization  2011  libr559m 
july 2011 by jju
“Bring Me the Head of Seth Godin!”
It’s not a noble profession, intellectual and aloof; it’s a wholly maddening, sometimes frustrating, fraught with uncertainty, second guessing working-on-your-own-time profession to which the practitioners love deeply. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either drunk or nuts.
library  librarians  profession  sethgodin  2011  future  information  knowledge  education  community 
may 2011 by jju
What is investigative journalism (for)?
But in reality, all of the investigative journalist’s material will most likely not be online, so if we leave that thought experiment behind we can add other elements to acknowledge that, particularly in a digitised world:

Making the invisible visible (i.e. digitising offline material, from paper documents and witness accounts to the ‘invisible web‘)
Making the disconnected connected
Identifying gaps in information – and filling them

These are all in fact ‘making the hidden visible’ in another form. It is the final one which comes closest to the process-based model identified above. But does it matter whether they fill those gaps with material that is in the public domain or which only exists in a single witness’s diary?
journalism  library  investigation  visible  information  future  2011 
march 2011 by jju
RDA: the Wrong Solution for the Wrong Problem
But it is important to understand that with RDA, patrons will find no change in searching. For example, we will not institute a “methodology” access point for scientific materials, long asked for by many, or anything substantially different because the basic purpose of RDA and FRBR are exactly the same as what exists now.

Consequently, when I compare RDA to the tremendous changes in the universe of information that I outlined earlier, I do not see how it has any relevance at all.

RDA does not address the fact that people have definite problems using our subject headings, that people almost never browse lists of names arranged alphabetically, that full-text searching and various types of sorting, such as relevance ranking, are by far the most popular types of searching that people do--even though very few people understand what relevance ranking actually means.
cataloguing  rda  frbr  aacr2  speech  irrelevant  change  information  opac  search  21c  19c  panizzi  radical  makers  google  books  libr511  library 
february 2011 by jju
How the Internet Gets Inside Us
Now, having been stuck with the library shtick, she has to go on working the stacks in the Harry Potter movies, while the kids who have since come of age nudge their parents. “Why is she doing that?” they whisper. “Why doesn’t she just Google it?”
information  library  change  internet  attention  clayshirky  printing  gutenberg  history  tv  21c 
february 2011 by jju
List of common misconceptions
RT @mariancall: Thank you @xkcd. Best page of Wikipedia Evar.
information  reference  science  wikipedia  history  list 
january 2011 by jju
In The 'Net Delusion,' Internet Serves Oppressors
Sure, election protesters in Iran were able to tweet, blog and record the violence they saw, which prompted some to claim the victory of a social media revolution.  But think about the flip side, cautions Morozov.

Authoritarian governments can harness the Internet's power to serve their purposes as well.  Some use it for surveillance, Morozov says, "tracking down what's happening on social networks, trying to identify who are all of those people tweeting."
freedom  politics  tyranny  privacy  spying  government  oppression  iran  burma  tech  information  architecture  ia  socialmedia 
january 2011 by jju
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