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Thinking About Google Search As A Colonial Tool – Joshua Adams – Medium
3/17/19 - So how do prevailing ideas about the democratic potential of the internet and search engines blind us from the ways these tools privilege the values, beliefs, ideologies, and ontologies of the Western world? Though these are serious topics that deserve thoughtful study and research, they show the how digitals tools can reinforce oppressive social structures.
google  postcolonial  algorithm  search  democracy  society  race 
march 2018 by rachaelsullivan
The Weird Thing About Today's Internet - The Atlantic (May 2017)
Outside of the open-source server hardware and software worlds, we see centralization. And with that centralization, five giant platforms have emerged as the five most valuable companies in the world: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook.
centralization  internet  facebook  platforms  google 
january 2018 by rachaelsullivan
also see https://www.ultratools.com/whois
Headers contain tracking information for an individual email, detailing the path a message took as it crossed mail servers. Select your webmail provider or email client below for instructions on finding headers for a message
email  google  tools  privacy  server 
february 2017 by rachaelsullivan
One of the greatest threats to free expression is censorship you can’t see. Unfiltered.News maps what important news stories might not be covered in your country, using the Google News corpus to allow internet users to discover which stories are being covered in certain locations, how different countries cover stories differently, and how issue coverage changes over time.
news  filterbubble  data  visualization  google  censorship 
february 2017 by rachaelsullivan
This is how Facebook’s fake-news writers make money - The Washington Post
So why are Google and Facebook just taking action against this use of their ad services now? Well, for one thing, those companies profit off the viral sites — legitimate or hoax — that use their services, too.
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Although hoax sites vary in sophistication, a quick tour of the usual suspects makes it clear that you don’t really have to put much thought into the design or functionality of the site.
facebook  election  hoaxes  crapdetection  news  journalism  google  webdesign  interface  clickbait  filterbubble 
november 2016 by rachaelsullivan
In the Future, We Will Photograph Everything and Look at Nothing - The New Yorker
photography has seen the value shift from “the stand-alone individual aesthetic of the artist to the collaborative and social aesthetic of services like Facebook and Instagram.” In the future, he said, the “real value creation will come from stitching together photos as a fabric, extracting information and then providing that cumulative information as a totally different package.”
participation  photography  selfie  google 
may 2016 by rachaelsullivan
The Ladies Vanish – The New Inquiry
It’s like magic, but it’s not magic. The magic is founded on grossly underpaid, casualized labor. Press a button and a human being is dispatched to do menial work. Press a button and an independent contractor, without the same rights and protections as an employee, springs into action. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is merely the most literal and obvious manifestation of this trend. The actual magic trick is making the worker disappear. Who exactly are these disappearing workers? And if they are the same workers who historically have performed invisible, unappreciated work, what does it mean about the “innovation” of the app economy?
labor  google  amazon  digital-material  materiality  women  feminism 
november 2014 by rachaelsullivan
How I Quit Google | TIME
It dawned on me that I had tuned myself to Google. I had always thought of Google as a clean sheet of paper — possibly because of its nice white interface — but in fact I had molded my questions to adjust to how Google likes to answer questions.
google  privacy  tracking  data  whiteness  from delicious
september 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Google is collecting medical data to paint a picture of perfect human health | The Verge
Baseline Study will soon draw information from thousands more in a bid to create a picture of a person in perfect health.
body  medical  google  database  genetics  biopolitics  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won't Even Notice | Co.Design | business design
With a solid enough universe of rules, Duarte added, it would be possible to bring other materials into the mix. Paper was the natural choice because it's relatively easy to render on a screen--its flat white surface doesn't have the complicated textures of bricks or treebark--but I begin to imagine cloth--from table linens to stains--and liquids that ooze and bubble. Sound cheesy? Quite possibly. But these materials would be a far cry from Apple’s last wave of skeuomorphic interface that included felt green poker tables and wood grain book shelves. They’d be borderline real, just rendered in a world on the other side of the glass.
paper  interface  digital-material  materiality  touch  gui  google  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Google's New, Improved Android Will Deliver A Unified Design Language | Co.Design | business design
As Android lead designer Matias Duarte demoed it on stage, he explained that it moved with the physics of card stock, but also splash with your touch, like “ink rippling in a pond.” He clearly put it better than I can, though I’d add that Android‘s core UI has long been cleanly designed, but was always a bit cold. Material Design adds a bit of human warmth back to the equation.
google  android  materiality  digital-material  design  interface  paper  gui  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Material world: how Google discovered what software is made of | The Verge
We’re hardwired to comprehend physical things, Duarte says, and software all too often behaves in ways that break with our models and expectations. Wiley thinks of it as breaking the suspension of disbelief, as when something happens in a sci-fi movie that doesn’t follow its own internal logic. Duarte is a little more direct, with a subtle dig at Apple’s iOS and its flying software layers: "We’re not hurtling you through space at high speeds," he says. "We’re not puncturing your hand with invisible, impossible surfaces."
google  android  design  interface  paper  digital-material  materiality  userfriendliness  gui  from delicious
july 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Is this still capitalism? | Public Seminar (McKenzie Wark 2014)
Perhaps what is going on is a kind of power that has less to do with owning the means of production thereby controlling the value cycle, as in capitalism. Perhaps it is more about owning the means of mediation, thereby controlling the means of production and hence the value cycle. The actual production can be outsourced, and manufacturing firms will have to compete for the privilege of making products with someone else’s intellectual property embedded in it, and sold under some else’s brand.
capitalism  mediation  data  google  from delicious
may 2014 by rachaelsullivan
The Gurus Speak | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project (2014)
The problem: “Users are just another category of things." Marc Rotenberg, president of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, urged, “The problem with the Internet of Things is that the users are just another category of things. It is worth thinking more deeply about in the future. By 2025, the more interesting question will be how the Internet is interacting with people, not how people are interacting with the Internet. Google Glass is already part of Google’s sensory network, with all images and sounds that the user obtains sent onto Google’s servers for storage and analysis.” There may be a “prototype” for thought control by 2025. danah boyd, a research scientist for Microsoft, responded, “We will not just be turning to the computers in our pocket (aka phones). Instead, computing will be all around us. I think we’re a long way from thought-control, but there may be a prototype for basic things by 2025. And hopefully, there will be technology for paraplegics.”
web3.0  things  internet  boyd  interface  google  users  pew  from delicious
may 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Friends, and Influence, for Sale Online - NYTimes.com 2014
In March, two students at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, created a swarm of bots that caused a phony traffic jam on Waze, the navigation software owned by Google. The project, which was a class demonstration, was so sophisticated that the students were able to make bots that imitated Android cellphones that accessed fake GPS signals and were operated by fake humans in fake cars. The Waze software, believing that the bots were on the road, started to redirect actual traffic down different streets, even though there was no traffic jam to avoid.
google  bots  twitter  friendship  facebook  politics  data  reputation  digitaleconomy  from delicious
april 2014 by rachaelsullivan
Google exec admits there were ‘real problems’ with YouTube’s Google comment system at launch - The Next Web
“Out of the gate, we weren’t doing so well and a lot of that had to do with ranking and how we were in a bit of an arms race around spam and abuse,” he said at the LeWeb conference in Paris. “Oftentimes when you’re dealing with these things it requires several iterations to sort of get the signals right and tune things appropriately.” The new commenting system was divisive when it launched in November, causing high-profile vloggers such as Emma Blackery and boogie2988 to voice their criticisms on the video-sharing platform.
google  youtube  softwaredev  glitch  softwarestudies  commenting  from delicious
december 2013 by rachaelsullivan
google the first google image for every word in the dictionary
UK based artists felix heyes and ben west have developed a printed and bound artwork entitled 'google'. the massive book contains 21,000 words found in an average english dictionary represented as the first image displayed upon filing a google image search for each word. the two designers bring together a modern internet consensus of english words-- a visual interpretation of the dictionary as an alphabetical pictorial book comprised of JPGs, GIFs and PNGs spanning 1,240 pages. heyes and west used two php scripts west's brother had written for the pair. the first script brings together a text list of dictionary words and downloads each image in alphabetical order. the second script arranges each image in sequence into columns, resulting in a collection of 1,240 PDFs. the printed pages are hand bound in a marbled, hard cover setting with google's logo painting upon the front. the designers have indexed the pages...
google  books  conceptual  book_art  overload  from delicious
december 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Archivist Manifesto | Mute
the deprivation of care is one that systematically destroy these care structures by alienating the relation between objects and individuals. For example, users are seen merely as producers of data and those who can contribute to different sorts of crowd sourcing. At heart of the question of archive is the question of care, and I think today in order to care, one must think of archive, the exteriorisation of our memories, gestures, speeches, movements. Search engines, social networks, what one can call info-capitalism operates in the direction to transform care into something efficient and computable. By the end, we are no longer be able to organize these traces, but leave them on the cloud to be taken care by others.
foucault  google  capitalism  manifesto  care  marxism  archive  heidegger  users  from delicious
october 2013 by rachaelsullivan
I'm Google
Google Image Search photographs and YouTube videos compiled into a “long stream-of-consciousness.”
netart  google  art  overload  flarf  internet  photography  from delicious
april 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Closure Library API Documentation (Closure Library API Documentation - JavaScript)
The Closure Library is an industrial-strength JavaScript library. It provides user interface widgets, an event framework, a packaging and dependency resolution system, tools for DOM manipulation, tools for creating animation effects (including drag and drop), communication utilities, a unit testing framework, and a wide variety of other packages.
webdesign  javascript  software  google  webdev  code  from delicious
march 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart - Chad Wellmon
Only at this macro-level of analysis can we make sense of the fact that Google’s search algorithms do not operate in absolute mechanical purity, free of outside interference. Only if we understand the Web and our search and filter technologies as elements in a digital ecology can we make sense of the emergent properties of the complex interactions of humans and technology: gaming the Google system through search optimization strategies, the decision by Google employees (not algorithms) to ban certain webpages and privilege others (ever notice the relatively recent dominance of Wikipedia pages in Google searches?). The Web is not just a technology but an ecology of human-technology interaction. It is a dynamic culture with its own norms and practices.
information  google  carr  posthuman  overload  printculture  internet  18thc  human  from delicious
march 2013 by rachaelsullivan
Alexis Madrigal - I'm Being Followed: How Google—and 104 Other Companies—Are Tracking Me on the Web - The Atlantic
And yet, the revelation that 105 different outfits were collecting and presumably selling data about me on the Internet gives me pause. It's not just Google or Facebook or Yahoo. There are literally dozens and dozens of these companies and the average user has no idea what they do or how they work. We just know that for some reason, at one point or another, an organization dropped a cookie on us and have created a file on some server, steadily accumulating clicks and habits that will eventually be mined and marketed.

The online advertising industry argues that technology is changing so rapidly that regulation is not the answer to my queasiness about all that data going off to who-knows-where.
facebook  tracking  google  privacy  data  advertising 
july 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Dan Hoy: on Flarf: The Virtual Dependency of the Post-Avant and the Problematics of Flarf
All of this is not meant to vilify Google per se, but to call attention to the problematics inherent in its claim of ‘Don’t be evil’ as a guiding principle, as well as in the Google-sculptors’ implicit acceptance of that claim, and complicity with it, by using Google as a poetic generator without also calling that use into question. If it were just a concept in a theoretical vacuum Google might be inclusive in scope; but its sorting principle is exclusionary and artificially hierarchical, manipulated as it is by its creators and the people who create its content in a joint effort to facilitate marketing (in addition to being limited by its technological deficiencies).
lit2.0  google  flarf 
april 2012 by rachaelsullivan
Scan This Book! - New York Times
2006 - the article dates itself but is an interesting piece and artifact of its age
kevinkelly  google  ebooks  books 
march 2011 by rachaelsullivan
Google, CIA Invest in ‘Future’ of Web Monitoring | Danger Room | Wired.com
The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time — and says it uses that information to predict the future. The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come. In a white paper, the company says its temporal analytics engine “goes beyond search” by “looking at the ‘invisible links’ between documents that talk about the same, or related, entities. ... This appears to be the first time, however, that the intelligence community and Google have funded the same startup, at the same time. No one is accusing Google of directly collaborating with the CIA. But the investments are bound to be fodder for critics of Google, who already see the search giant as overly cozy with the U.S. government, and worry that the company is starting to forget its “don’t be evil” mantra.
google  surveillance  privacy 
january 2011 by rachaelsullivan
Official Google Blog: What's a rich media ad, anyway?
Since last year's DoubleClick acquisition, we've increased our focus on helping marketers and agencies use Google tools for all of their display advertising needs. DoubleClick Rich Media is the part of DoubleClick that provides the technology for the most technically advanced and engaging of these display ads, which are typically created by creative agencies for their brand-focused clients. To help make this process even easier and efficient, today we're launching DoubleClick Studio, our new rich media production and development tool.
doubleclick  marketing  google  advertising  transmedia  transmedia_argument 
november 2010 by rachaelsullivan
CloudCourse: An Enterprise Application in the Cloud - Google Open Source Blog
we are excited to release our new internal learning platform, CloudCourse under an open source license. Built entirely on App Engine, CloudCourse allows anyone to create and track learning activities.
google  lms  opensource 
june 2010 by rachaelsullivan
The cloud and the future of the Fourth Amendment
digital objects cannot be concealed by opacity. Instead, the encryption, password-protection, or obscurity of an unlisted link should be considered as a form of opacity, protecting our corner of the cloud as a "home away from home," just like a briefcase or backpack. This "virtual container" theory has so far only been advanced by one lower court, but it's a useful analogy as cloud computing is becoming more complex than a simple e-mail inbox. It is a theory such as this that should be applied to the cloud.
security  internet  privacy  google  law 
april 2010 by rachaelsullivan
facial recognition tools
Last week's Picasa software update from Google brought with it a neat trick--facial recognition. But it wasn't the first free consumer photo-editing software to find faces. In January, Apple unveiled the latest version of iLife, which included an updated version of iPhoto that could detect and recognize faces in your photos. And this time last year, Microsoft released an updated version of its Windows Live Photo Gallery desktop software that could find faces inside of photos, though it couldn't (and still can't) recognize who's in them.
security  biometrics  identity  photography  face  google  apple  microsoft 
april 2010 by rachaelsullivan
The Onion: Google Responds To Privacy Concerns With Unsettlingly Specific Apology
So far, Google users across the country have responded cautiously to the company's public admission of wrongdoing, with some claiming they will be careful not to reveal any personal information from now on, and others ripping up their credit cards, unplugging all electronic devices from their outlets, and locking themselves in their bathrooms away from any cameras, keyboards, satellite dishes, or cell phones.
onion  privacy  google 
march 2010 by rachaelsullivan
The Self-Googling Phenomenon
This paper investigates self–Googling through the monitoring of search engine activities of users and adds to the few quantitative studies on this topic already in existence. We explore this phenomenon by answering the following questions: To what extent is the self–Googling visible in the usage of search engines; is any significant difference measurable between queries related to self–Googling and generic search queries; to what extent do self–Googling search requests match the selected personalised Web pages? To address these questions we explore the theory of narcissism in order to help define self–Googling and present the results from a 14–month online experiment using Google search engine usage data.
google  identity  self  narcissism  search 
march 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Ron Silliiman on THE MS OF MY KIN by Janet Holmes
"I think we very seldom acknowledge just how little of literature is truly new. Which is why when something does pop up that seems genuinely to expand the field of writing – flarf is the obvious case in point – it spreads like wildfire. What flarf does is take materials from the “real world” & present them in ways that are garishly anti-literary as literature. The controversial process of Google-sculpting is a minor (indeed minuscule) aspect of flarf compared with its critique of The Literary." OK my comment - what if we could start seeing writing as just a new kind of writing rather than in opposition to literature. So instead of non-literature or anti-literature, it would be a new kind of writing, not yet appropriated by (the institution of?) literature.
literature  poetry  flarf  google  lit2.0  canon 
february 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Google Library (Google Press Center: News Announcement)
Now you can build your own library on Google Book Search, which you can organize, annotate, and of course, full text search through the books you select. We see this as a new and powerful tool to help users organize and navigate their books. For example, a student could build a collection out of all his sources for an upcoming term paper, and then use Google Book Search to quickly find which book and page contains a needed reference. In another scenario, a frequent traveler might search her Google Book Search library of guide books to figure out which book in her offline collection offers the most information about an obscure town so she can take it along on her next trip.
google  printculture  interface  books 
february 2010 by rachaelsullivan
Google's DMCA takedowns leaving Blogger users high and dry
It's easy to understand why, under current law, Google and Blogger would opt for a "pull first, notify later" approach. It's simply easier for them if users are deterred from filing even valid counternotices: that represents more work for them, and more potential friction with the labels, who often have revenue-sharing arrangements with other Google properties, like YouTube. In other words, the policy is in place precisely because it makes it difficult for users to exercise their statutory rights. If there's a better explanation, at any rate, Blogger isn't volunteering it.
google  copyright  blogging  takedown 
september 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Google Launches New Ad Marketplace; Display Ads Will Never Be the Same
Google has just launched the DoubleClick Ad Exchange, and it is just like AdWords and AdSense, except that it is a marketplace for display ads.
advertising  google  marketing 
september 2009 by rachaelsullivan
'A Better Pencil' - Inside Higher Ed
Here’s my objection to the Google book project. First, I think it’s great to digitize as much nondigital text as possible. I take advantage of many of the online databases with digitized newspapers, early printed books, and manuscripts. What I don’t like is that Google is poised to monopolize text. No one entity should have that kind of power over the word. Not only does Google intend to profit from this kind of control (it answers to its stockholders, not to the public), it would have the power to manipulate the text under its control, deciding who can and cannot see it, what can be displayed, what can be erased.
writing  technology  google 
september 2009 by rachaelsullivan
Truth: Can You Handle It?
There is a lot of information out there. It overwhelms us. It grows at a choking rate.

You wonder: Who is right?

The student who lives online? Or the lame teacher who thinks that books are a necessary component to a well-rounded understanding of how information works?
education  google  information  informationliteracy  knowledge  research  wikipedia 
april 2009 by rachaelsullivan

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