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How Wikity Works [...]

Much of software development is _open_, meaning that anybody is allowed to take code that someone else has written and modify it for their own purposes. This is similar to the idea of open content in education: open textbooks, open educational resources, open pedagogy. When someone performs a modification of this type we celebrate it as a success, and call it a "fork...

 

What technology do refugees need [...]

The refugee crisis doesn't need apps. Refugees need access to internet and access to power to charge devices. > The main issue here, the one we don’t want to admit, is that refugees don’t need apps. In my talks to humanitarians, from big international organisations that make sure that each day refugees have a clean bed and a warm shower, to the volunteer commu...

 

Fake News Or Real? [...]

> Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant. > > So yes, fake news is a big problem. > > These stories have gotten a lot of attention, with headlines claiming Pop...

 

Cancun Declaration [...]

Agreement to meet global biodiversity targets. > More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. > > On 3 December, countries adopted the Cancun Declaration, named after the Mexican city where the 13...

 

The Truth About Internet Search [...]

> Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this. The top result, ...

 

Rentism [...]

If ownership of the robots is controlled by a small number of people. "Rentism is where abundance exists, but “the techniques to produce abundance are monopolised by a small elite”. This monopoly is maintained by owning not merely the robots, but the data that tells the robots how to do their job." https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-af...

 

Power for power’s sake [...]

“Having power over others is, for many powerful people, its own reward,” he writes. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-after-capitalism-peter-frase-review-robots...

 

Fully automated luxury communism [...]

One possible outcome of mass automation is post-work and post-scarcity future of abundance. "A communist society is so productive and so egalitarian that nobody has to work to survive, fulfilling Marx’s famous dictum, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. For Frase, this ideal might be realised by robots running on an unlimited cle...

 

Never Talked to Taiwan [...]

Claim: Trump's talking to the Taiwanese President was unprecedented and possibly dangerous. Claim: True ## History Origin Propagation Issues and Analysis...

 

CardBox:: Intellectual Freedom [...]

[[Lemont High School class reading list questioned by parents]]...

 

Magazine asks 8 Tech Companies: Would you help build Muslim registry? [...]

> Facebook: No answer. > > Twitter: “No,” and a link to this blog post, which states as company policy a prohibition against the use, by outside developers, of “Twitter data for surveillance purposes. Period.” > > Microsoft: “We’re not going to talk about hypotheticals at this point,” and a link to a company blog post that states that ...

 

Library tech developments free up common space for interaction, coworking, participation [...]

>So formt sich, Schritt für Schritt und analog wie digital, die Bibliothek zur Community of Practice: zu einer Gemeinschaft, in der – so die Definition dieses Begriffs – Wissen konstruiert wird (siehe auch Wikipedia). In der, um es mit anderen Worten zu sagen, miteinander über Rolle und Funktion von Bildung, Wissen und Kultur gesprochen und entschieden wird. ...

 

Fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to make mirror site in Canada [...]

> "We all hark back to the [ancient] Library of Alexandria as the great library, but it's best known for not being here anymore," [Internet Archive founder Brewster] Kahle said. "If they had made another copy and put it in India or China, we would have the other works of Aristotle and the other works of Euripides, so let's not make the same mistakes of the anci...

 

CardBox:: Digital Libraries [...]

On digital libraries and their context in information history. [[Fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to make mirror site in Canada]] [[New director brings public library approach to Library of Congress]] [[Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web]] [[LOCKSS = Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe]] [[First NSF Digital Librarie...

 

New director brings public library approach to Library of Congress [...]

> Hayden, 64, has a tall order: to bring a library with 3,100 employees, an annual budget of $642 million, and a collection of more than 162 million items, most of which have not yet been digitized, into the digital age. > Unlike her immediate predecessor, James Billington—and all but three of his predecessors—Hayden is an actual librarian by background. Aft...

 

CardBox:: Fake News and Media Literacy [...]

[[Trump staffers from opaque corporate misinformation network]] [[Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election]] [[Misleading since 1719: the historic opossum mom tail meme]] [[Fudged image: historic illustration shows cocoa pod on stem]] [[Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news]]...

 

Trump staffers from opaque corporate misinformation network [...]

> Over this time, I have watched as tobacco, coal, oil, chemicals and biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into an international misinformation machine composed of thinktanks, bloggers and fake citizens’ groups.** Its purpose is to portray the interests of billionaires as the interests of the common people**, to wage war against trade unions and beat...

 

Lemont High School class reading list questioned by parents [...]

Pretty detailed report by a local paper in Illinois on a current effort to ban books by Arundhati Roy and Maya Angelou from English class, quoting residents, administrators, previous statements from the authors, and ALA Intellectual Freedom office. > Resident Rick Ligthart came with a prepared statement of changes he wanted in the district’s policy. > “Regar...

 

Profitability in civic tech [...]

We have to be careful that we don't always elect civic tech to make money. > This truth is that there are, quite simply, some terrific civic tech ideas out there that will always run at a loss. http://civichall.org/civicist/paying-your-own-way/...

 

Non-profit motives [...]

No matter what scale they reach, most non-profits don’t or can’t monetise their services or work. Forcing civil-society or social-sector organisations to focus on sustainable revenue – selling the equivalent of Girl Scout cookies to keep the lights on – may distract them from their core mission, and mute the passion the social sector thrives on. https://www.th...

 

Return to the Bubble? [...]

Claim: As of November 2016, U.S. housing prices have returned to their pre-bubble highs. Status: Mixed Summary: It's true that housing prices nationally have returned to the levels they were at before the crash in real terms. But after adjusting for inflation, housing is still 16% off of its peak. Arguments can be made, however, that income, not inflation, is what s...

 

Settings:: Footer [...]

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Settings:: Publishing [...]

These settings are used by Wikity to determine privacy (openness) and publishing schedule. Please note that putting "Open" to "No" is an experimental feature, providing "good enough" privacy but not great privacy. Settings OPEN: Yes RSS DELAY: 5 days...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Have Not Experienced Such Trauma [...]

> It seems possible to model the eventuality of a dead child’s photo showing up on the feed, but the designers didn’t consider it. Perhaps because those who write these algorithms have not experienced such trauma, or perhaps they just weren’t talking about the human feelings in their product meetings—especially when you are a company focused on engagement a...

 

Yoism, an open-source religion [...]

> Yoism (founded 1994) combines rational inquiry, empiricism, and science with Spinozan or Einsteinian pantheism.[26][27][28] Inspired by the Linux operating system, Kriegman describes his religion as "open-source" and explains that, similar to open-source software projects, participants in Yoism do not owe their allegiance to any leader and that their sense of aut...

 

Open-source religion [...]

Developing and updating the ideas of a "religion", in an open-source way. > Open-source religions employ open-source methods for the sharing, construction, and adaptation of religious belief systems, content, and practice.[1] In comparison to religions utilizing proprietary, authoritarian, hierarchical, and change-resistant structures, open-source religions emphasi...

 

Settings:: Publishing [...]

These settings are used by Wikity to determine privacy (openness) and publishing schedule. Please note that putting "Open" to "No" is an experimental feature, providing "good enough" privacy but not great privacy. Settings OPEN: Yes RSS DELAY: 5 days...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

What is Civic Tech? [...]

Handy definition of civic tech by Tom Steinberg of mySociety. It encompasses a number of different areas, some citizen focused, some government focused. > Tech that’s all about citizens exerting and obtaining power > Tech that’s all about improving government services > > Meetup and mySociety are Civic Tech groups focused on citizen empowerment ...

 

Philanthrocapitalists [...]

philanthrocapitalists like Pierre Omidyar, George Soros, Bill Hewlett, Bill Gates https://www.theengineroom.org/disrupt-your-market/...

 

Robotics for Good [...]

> sustainably scale the positive impact of robotics across multiple social good sectors...

 

The Engine Room’s Advent Calendar 2016 [...]

Organisational advent calendars - highlighting top findings throughout the year. This one from The Engine Room, inspired by the Wikipedia Advent Calendar. > Counting down to Christmas with some of our top learnings and findings from 2016....

 

guifi.net, DIY Wireless Network [...]

A user owned network for internet access. guifi.net is a user-owned, open and neutral network in which a growing community of volunteers can connect their computers to form a sort of intranet and, at the same time, share an Internet connection. The non-profit network is free, minus any individual costs for networking equipment, and anyone is allowed to join and use it...

 

Linux preloaded [...]

A handy list of laptop vendors where the machines come preloaded with Linux. https://linuxpreloaded.com/...

 

Data Science Venn Diagrams [...]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="528"] The Data Science Venn Diagram by Drew Conway[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Data Scientist Venn Diagram by Stephan Kolassa[/caption] (more…)...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Sci-fi examples of Four Futures [...]

Four Futures by Peter Frase outlines some possible futures after capitalism, with a view to automation and the effects it could have. The futures are communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism. This review on Goodreads has some examples of sci-fi renditions of these different types of future. > Communism: Star Trek, Corey Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magical...

 

Nick Srnicek on platform coops [...]

Nick Srnicek spoke at Newspeak House with Michael Roberts on the topic of technology, capitalism, and class.  We were encouraged to think about whether 'full unemployment' is desirable; how we could change the over zealous importance given to work ethic; and what technologies we should promote to bring about a post-work world.   As I've been reading about pl...

 

Climate change vs capitalism [...]

Solving climate change requires the end of capitalism.Michael Roberts at talk at Newspeak House. Same idea as expressed by Naomi Klein in This Changes Everything....

 

Is technology neutral [...]

"technology doesn’t dictate outcomes. Rather, it sets the parameters of possibility. Utopia is an option, but the robots alone won’t get us there. " https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-after-capitalism-peter-frase-review-robots...

 

Responsible Data definition [...]

Respecting the individual while respecting transparency and openness. “The duty to ensure people’s right to consent, privacy, security and ownership around the information processes of collection, analysis, storage, presentation and reuse of data, while respecting the values of transparency and openness.” https://responsibledata.io/responsible-data-and-proj...

 

Ansible Portability [...]

Ansible is nicely portable. If you have a playbook, you can use it build a container, a dev VM with vagrant, a cloud instance on e.g. digitalocean, or even on bare metal machine. > Ansible Playbooks are portable. If you build a container with a pure Dockerfile, it means that the only way you can reproduce that application is in a Docker container. If you build a c...

 

Mirai Botnet [...]

Botnet which makes use of insecure connected IoT devices. > Mirai (Japanese for "the future") is malware that turns computer systems running Linux into remotely controlled "bots", that can be used as part of a botnet in large-scale network attacks. It primarily targets online consumer devices such as remote cameras and home routers.[1] )...

 

Eight Photographs [...]

> In November, 2014, Norma broke up with Morcos. He barraged her with texts, sometimes telling her that she needed to talk to him because his mother was deathly ill. (This was a lie.) Other texts threatened to post online her intimate photographs. A few months later, Norma received a text message from a stranger, who said that he’d seen her page on PornHub, one of t...

 

Harassment Silences Online Voices [...]

> This assessment came from a participant in my study on online harassment—a young woman of color living in a low-income neighborhood in New York City. Her tone was only half-ironic. While she faces plenty of challenges in her daily life, the digital world worries her more. She’s scared of being harassed for what she posts online, having personal photos hacked and...

 

Light Rail Ransomware [...]

> San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computerized fare systems were apparently hacked. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the MUNI system had been attacked on Friday afternoon. > > MUNI riders were greeted with printed "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs on ticket machines on late on Friday an...

 

Chicago Mayer Pays BIG For Trying To Make ‘Sanctuary City’ For Immigrants – American News [...]

Posted by [[American News]], a conservative site supporting Trump. Claims Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose name the article mis-spells (along with 'mayor') said that Chicago would be a "sanctuary city". Emanuel did say this, although he did not pay big. The article claims that he can be prosecuted under law and sentenced to up to 10 years of prison under section 13...

 

Why Ansible? [...]

Ansible automates server provisioning. You give it provisioning 'playbooks' and it executes it all over SSH to your remote host. This article gives an overview of how to provision a server with a Wordpress app installed on a digitalocean droplet. > Ansible is an automation tool for provisioning, application deployment, and configuration management. Gone are the d...

 

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election [...]

> Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet[...] > “They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts,...

 

Misleading since 1719: the historic opossum mom tail meme [...]

The commonly accepted image of baby opposums riding on their mother's back, with their tails hanging from hers which is pointed towards her head, actually has little scientific basis. It seems to be an early example of a meme - a contagious, self-contained idea. This meme was both started and debunked long ago and yet persists in popular perception to this day. (http...

 

Fudged image: historic illustration shows cocoa pod on stem [...]

Call it the fake news of the colonial era. Today, it is commonly known that the fruit of the cocoa tree is unusual: it does not grow on the branches, but hangs directly from the trunk on a short stem. But in the time after Europeans learned of such tropical plants, but before photography and before they were successfully grown in Europe, botanical illustrators tried t...

 

bower vs npm+webpack/browserify [...]

Seems to be a movement away from Bower and towards just npm and webpack or browserify. > In almost all cases, it's more appropriate to use Browserify and npm over Bower. It is simply a better packaging solution for front-end apps than Bower is. At Spotify, we use npm to package entire web modules (html, css, js) and it works very well....

 

GitLab vs GitHub [...]

Seems like GitLab is gaining more traction as a possible alternative to GitHub. Everything else aside, the fact that GitHub is closed source is a very interesting point to consider. > Partly as an experiment, partly because we've been using it at work for a while and I've been using it for private projects (you get unlimited private projects for free!) and I've be...

 

Exhibiting your art is like working a peep show [...]

> Monique Atherton will convert the project room into a live peep show booth, inviting viewers to communicate with her through the window of a soundproof booth by picking up a telephone and paying a small fee.  The conversation will begin once the money is placed into the slot at the rate of $1 per minute and end abruptly when time runs out.  The conversation can...

 

Machine Learning [...]

# Heading Subheading List * 1 * 2 * 3  ...

 

Shared value in platform coops [...]

"Platform cooperatives share value with the people who make them valuable.  Platform cooperatives combine a cooperative business structure with an online platform to deliver a real-world service. What if Uber was owned and governed by its drivers? What if Airbnb was owned and governed by its hosts?" http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-platform-coops-can-beat-death-...

 

Platform capitalism [...]

Platform capitalism tries to present itself in a positive light.   "They wrap themselves in the cloak of technological progress, free market inevitability, and even common good." http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-platform-coops-can-beat-death-stars-like-uber-to-create-a-real-sharing-economy...

 

Identity More Than Policy [...]

Supporters of Sanders, on the whole, were not to the left of supporters of Clinton on policy. Instead, there was something more presentational about the divide how they chose to express belief more than belief itself, a feeling about how policy should be discussed and in what terms. > Perhaps for that reason, the generational difference in ideology seems not to ha...

 

IndieWeb [...]

The IndieWeb is a set of ideas for getting away from the corporate web.  It's about having control over your own data. The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the "corporate web". Your content is yours When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost ...

 

Information populism [...]

Interesting thoughts related to the current populist backlash against "experts".  A general appreciation of the scientific method will remove the need for "encyclopaedic minds and advanced sociologists"? "Available to everyone will be a general scientific education, especially the learning of the scientific method, the habit of correct thinking, the ability to ge...

 

Lorea [...]

A social networking autonomous techology to build a distributed, encrypted and federated network.   Manifesto reads like an artist's statement... "Available to everyone will be a general scientific education, especially the learning of the scientific method, the habit of correct thinking, the ability to generalize from facts and make more or less correct deductio...

 

crabgrass [...]

Crabgrass is a web application designed for activist groups to be better able to collaborate online.  https://0xacab.org/riseuplabs/crabgrass...

 

What is a federated network? [...]

There's various different definitions for decentralised networks. This proposes a workable middle ground, distinguishing between centralised, decentralised, federated and distributed networks (with a focus on communications networks.) "The most sensible approach might be that of Narayanan et al, who use “decentralized” as an umbrella label that includes both feder...

 

Fairphone [...]

The Fairphone 2 is designed to extend lifespan, increase repairability and reduce e-waste https://www.fairphone.com/en/2016/02/25/tackling-e-waste-with-fairphone-2/?lang=buffer0a65a&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=null...

 

Alibi of Photocopies [...]

Via @RoxanneShirazi, a quote from Eco: “There are many things I do not know because I photocopied a text and then relaxed as if I had read it” (Eco 1977). He calls this the "alibi of photocopies" On social media, people are often [[More Willing to Share Than Read]] what they share. {{Tags: headlines}}...

 

Federation using git [...]

Could git be used as an underlying mechanism for federation of social media posts? Pros: lots of hosting options.   Easy to fork ideas.  'Gated' contributions via pull requests.  Version control for free. Cons: Oriented towards technical users.  Flat files may not be best data structure....

 

Collaboratively edited political manifesto [...]

The OpenPolitics Project  is a collaboratively edited political manifesto. The underlying mechanism it uses is Git hosted on GitHub. [[Federation using git]]...

 

Blog comments via pull requests [...]

Mark Seemann hosts his public blog on github.  One way to leave a comment is by forking his blog and sending him a pull request with the comment. [[Federation using git]]...

 

Global sea ice levels [...]

Global sea ice levels appear worrying lower than usual.  Climate change effects are showing up off the charts lately. "New satellite data show the total area of global sea ice dipping wayyy below the National Snow and Ice Data Center’s record for this time of year." http://grist.org/briefly/um-where-did-all-of-the-arctic-and-antarctic-sea-ic...

 

Inside a Fake News Sausage Factory [...]

> TBILISI, Georgia — Jobless and with graduation looming, a computer science student at the premier university in the nation of Georgia decided early this year that money could be made from America’s voracious appetite for passionately partisan political news. He set up a website, posted gushing stories about Hillary Clinton and waited for ad sales to soar. > > ...

 

Ethical issues in computing [...]

As software pervades the world more and more, it's important to think about the ethical implications of what we do. "I wish I could tell you that when I first saw those requirements they bothered me. I wish I could tell you that it felt wrong to code something that was basically designed to trick young girls. But the truth is, I didn’t think much of it at the time. ...

 

Responsible Data Policy [...]

A responsible data policy outlines what an organisation does to try and ensure it is looking after the data it holds on other people/organizations. The Engine Room are early proponents of the idea of responsible data. "we also get worried about how haphazardly data and technology is used by social change organisations. So we spend considerable energy building responsi...

 

Google Ad Crackdown Is Ad Hoc [...]

> There are literally hundreds of ad networks. Literally hundreds. Last week my inbox was just filled everyday with people, because they knew that Google was cracking down — hundreds of people wanting to work with my sites. I kind of applaud Google for their steps, although I think what they're doing is kind of random. They don't really have a process in place for i...

 

Seeding Trump Groups [...]

> Do you know who wrote the actual FBI Clinton story? > > I do know who wrote the story, but only through an anonymous pen name. Privacy is something that we take very seriously in our writers group. The actual reasonings behind that story ... it's one of hundreds that have been written about mysterious deaths of Clinton associates or political foes. This one kind of...

 

Fake News Has Just Begun [...]

> You're talking about the future of this (fake-news business) which looks more insidious because it's more real? > > That's the way that it's going to be. Not just from where I am. I mean, this is probably going to be my last run in the fake-news biz, but I can promise you that it's not going to go away. It's even going to grow bigger and it's going to be harder to ...

 

Liberal Asymmetry [...]

> When did you notice that fake news does best with Trump supporters? > > Well, this isn't just a Trump-supporter problem. This is a right-wing issue. Sarah Palin's famous blasting of the lamestream media is kind of record and testament to the rise of these kinds of people. The post-fact era is what I would refer to it as. This isn't something that started with Trump...

 

Hundreds of Ad Networks [...]

> "There are literally hundreds of ad networks," he says. "Early last week, my inbox was just filled every day with people because they knew that Google was cracking down — hundreds of people wanting to work with my sites." > > Coler says he has been talking it over with his wife and may be getting out of the fake-news racket. But, he says, dozens, maybe hundreds o...

 

Coler Believes Fake NEws Did Not Have Impact [...]

> Coler says he has tried to shine a light on the problem of fake news. He has spoken to the media about it. But those organizations didn't know who he actually was. He gave them a fake name: Allen Montgomery. > > Coler, a registered Democrat, says he has no regrets about his fake news empire. He doesn't think fake news swayed the election. > > "There are many facto...

 

Asymmetrical Disinformation [...]

> During the run-up to the presidential election, fake news really took off. "It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they're about to get served," Coler says. "It caused an explosion in the number of sites. I mean, my gosh, the number of just fake ...

 

Pot for Food Stamps [...]

> He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot. > > "What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food sta...

 

CardBox:: Libraries as public spaces [...]

[[Did Berliners choose green space over library space?]] [[212 branches of NY Public Library, photographed]] [[Libraries are uniquely charged spaces]] [[Library in a sailboat]]...

 

Did Berliners choose green space over library space? [...]

Or was it a false choice? The city of Berlin planned to build on the open space at Tempelhofer Feld, until recently an airport, and part of the development plans was a new building to unite the central library, currently split between two sites. For the sake of preserving the green space as a park, the unprecedented size of which makes it one of a kind in the city, a...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

CardBox:: Media Literacy [...]

[[Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news]]...

 

To study a group, you need both inside and outside perspectives [...]

> What do native speakers contribute to a discourse about their own language? They are the only people who can provide an insider’s perspective that is very different from those who have grown up with dominant English or other languages[...] Non-native speakers of Pidgin can provide a supplementary discourse about Pidgin that helps to keep things honest. That is,...

 

Libraries are uniquely charged spaces [...]

"Bibliotheksflirt," published in German by Jonas Fansa in 2008, uses qualitative interviews of academic library patrons to show why patrons gravitate toward library spaces in their own right, not just to use the resources contained therein. Patrons mentioned the unique quality of the "library concentration" which they achieve when working there, the mysterious attr...

 

Library in a sailboat [...]

In the spirit of the bookmobile, in Indonesia, a library sailboat has been launched to serve the country's many small islands. > So in 2015, local news journalist Muhammad Ridwan Alimuddin decided to combine his twin passions for books and boats by setting up a mobile library on a baqgo, a small traditional sailboat. His aim? To bring fun, colourful children's book...

 

212 branches of NY Public Library, photographed [...]

Elizabeth Felicella, photographed these libraries "in long and short sentences," with the wish that "that the branch buildings of New York City’s public libraries be understood and maintained as a collection." http://urbanomnibus.net/2014/11/reading-room-a-catalog-of-new-york-citys-branch-libraries/...

 

Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news [...]

> A growing number of schools are teaching students to be savvy about choosing and believing various information sources, a skill set educators label "media literacy." However, fewer schools now have librarians, who traditionally taught research skills....

 

Claim: Family of Slain Soldier Booed by First Class Passengers [...]

Related Claims: No evidence is provided that the father was a Trump supporter and press accounts do not mention that the pilot gave any indication of his political orientation. , In fact, the father talks about being upset with Trump's rhetoric around the Khan family....

 

Fact-checking Article: Obama Signs Executive Order Declaring Investigation Into Election Results; Revote Planned For Dec. 19th [...]

*Source*: Freedom Daily. *Author*: [[Author: Jimmy Rustling]] *Link*: http://abcnews.com.co/obama-signs-executive-order-declaring-investigation-of-election-results/ *Claims*: [[Claim: Obama Signs Executive Order for Revote]] *Status*: Choose from True, False, Likely, Unlikely, True but Overblown, Partially True, No Evidence, Conflicting Evidence, Hand-Waving...

 

Fact-check on Article: Pro-Trump Family Of Soldier Killed Bringing Body Home Was BOOED On Commercial Flight When Pilot Announced (VIDEO) [...]

*Source*: Freedom Daily. *Link*: http://freedomdaily.com/family-soldier-booed/ *Claims*: [[Claim: Family of Slain Soldier Booed by First Class Passengers]] *Status*: Choose from True, False, Likely, Unlikely, True but Overblown, Partially True, No Evidence, Conflicting Evidence...

 

Fact-check on Article: Students Fake Trump’s Assassination And It’s OK. Try This On Obama And It’s RACIST [...]

*Source*: Freedom Daily. *Link*: http://freedomdaily.com/trumps-assassination-obama/ *Claims*: [[Claim: San Antonio Students Fake Trump Assassination]] *Status*: Choose from True, False, Likely, Unlikely, True but Overblown, No Evidence, Conflicting Evidence...

 

Claim: Betsy DeVos’s Brother Founded Blackwater [...]

*The claim*: Betsy DeVos, nominee for the Secretary of Education, is sister to the founder of Blackwater, a corporation which provides mercenary services. *Found in the wild*: *Evidence*: *Status*: Verified....

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Father’s Manifesto [...]

>The coexistence of racism and sexism in the so-called manosphere dates back to the dawn of the internet. One early men's rights site, Fathers' Manifesto, interspersed references to Warren Farrell's book The Myth of Male Power with calls to exile blacks from America....

 

Weev Libertarianism [...]

>Nonwhite voters' rejection of libertarianism has stoked extremism among some frustrated libertarians, according to the Daily Stormer's Weev. He described for me what he saw as the thinking among libertarians who join the cause: "First it's just, 'Leave me alone, don't legislate shit about me, let me have what I work for,'" said Weev, who does tech support for a va...

 

Racist Libertarianism [...]

>In March, Loyola University economics professor Walter Block announced on LewRockwell.com that he was forming a group known as Libertarians for Trump. Discussing the subject of slavery in a 2013 blog post, Block wrote: "The slaves could not quit. They were forced to 'associate' with their masters when they would have vastly preferred not to do so. Otherwise, slave...

 

Credibility Inception [...]

> Yarvin finds Trump lacking, a "hilariously pathetic" Hitler or Mussolini. "It's like watching the magician's 12-year-old son try to play with his father's spellbook," he says. Yet Yarvin values Trump's "ability to present himself as the candidate of 'No.'" By effectively hijacking the Republican Party and subverting political norms, Trump may hasten the downfall ...