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Big crime meets big data - Data and social media are being used against us in creative new ways.

Big crime meets big data - Data and social media are being used against us in creative new ways.
By Ciara Byrne
December 19, 2011

Marc Goodman, consultant and cyber crime expert, explains how criminals and terrorists can put data, automation, and scalability to effective use.

The future of social media at the National Archives - The National Archives described a dashboard for "citizen archivists" at a recent forum in D.C.

The future of social media at the National Archives - The National Archives described a dashboard for
By Alex Howard
November 18, 2011

A recent forum at the National Archives featured a preview of a "citizen archivist dashboard" and a lively discussion of the past, present and future of social media.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters - ThinkUp and data ownership, DataSift turns on its Twitter firehose, and Google cracks opens the door to BigQuery.

Strata Week: Why ThinkUp matters - ThinkUp and data ownership, DataSift turns on its Twitter firehose, and Google cracks opens the door to BigQuery.
By Audrey Watters
November 17, 2011

Data democratization gets an important new tool with the release of ThinkUp 1.0. Also, DataSift offers another way to get the Twitter firehose, and Google offers a little more access to its BigQuery data analytics service.

From crowdsourcing to crime-sourcing: The rise of distributed criminality - How criminals are applying crowdsourcing techniques.

From crowdsourcing to crime-sourcing: The rise of distributed criminality - How criminals are applying crowdsourcing techniques.
By Marc Goodman
September 29, 2011

Crowdsourcing began as a way to tap the wisdom of crowds for the betterment of business and science. Crime groups have now repurposed the same tools and techniques for their own variation: "crime-sourcing."

Visualization of the Week: Social media and the UK riots - Did social media catalyze UK violence? The Guardian casts doubt on that conclusion.

Visualization of the Week: Social media and the UK riots - Did social media catalyze UK violence? The Guardian casts doubt on that conclusion.
By Audrey Watters
August 26, 2011

The Guardian has created an interactive visualization of some 2.5 million tweets to challenge the British government's contention that rioters used Twitter to organize the recent violence.

Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling - Google consumes mass quantities of mobile, social media gone bad, and C++ learns new tricks

Developer Week in Review: Google Goes Yardsaling - Google consumes mass quantities of mobile, social media gone bad, and C++ learns new tricks
By James Turner
August 18, 2011

We learned that Google liked Motorola products so much they decided to buy the company, that social media has a dark side, and that C++ isn't ready to join Sanskrit in the dead languages section just yet.

If it's important, the news will find me - Which works better: gulping from the info firehose or letting news come to you?

By Peter Meyers
July 21, 2011

Facing info overload, Peter Meyers ponders more efficient ways to find what’s newsworthy. What works for you?

Four short links: 20 July 2011 - Meaningful Subsets, iPhone Reading, JSON Parser, The Epiphanator

By Nat Torkington
July 20, 2011

Random Khan Exercises -- elegant hack to ensure repeatability for a user but difference across users. Note that they need these features of exercises so that they can perform meaningful statistical analyses on the results. Float, the Netflix of Reading (Wired) -- an interesting Instapaper variant with a stab at an advertising business model. I would like to stab...

Search Notes: Why Google's Social Analytics tools matter - Can we finally track social? Also: New Google UI elements and a look at Plus response

Search Notes: Why Google's Social Analytics tools matter - Can we finally track social? Also: New Google UI elements and a look at Plus response
By Vanessa Fox
July 5, 2011

In the latest Search Notes: Google Plus got all the publicity, but Google's Social Analytics tools and new interface elements are also notable.

The blurring line between speech and text - We all say things we regret, and now we all write things we regret.

The blurring line between speech and text - We all say things we regret, and now we all write things we regret.
By Joshua-Michéle Ross
June 14, 2011

Recent social media gaffes show that our definitions and thresholds for speech and text must evolve. A third category has emerged: Internet-based updates that marry the ephemeral nature of speech and the archival permanance of text.

Will your business survive the digital revolution? - There's a big risk in failing to recognize and respond to the magnitude of technological change ahead.

By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
June 1, 2011

Once we recognize the magnitude of change that digital innovation is causing and may bring in the months and years ahead, it will help us to think bigger and to think in ways that may previously have seemed absurd.

For election info, the Internet reaches a new high-water mark - Pew finds more than 50% of US adults used the Internet for political purposes during the 2010 elections.

For election info, the Internet reaches a new high-water mark - Pew finds more than 50% of US adults used the Internet for political purposes during the 2010 elections.
By Alex Howard
March 22, 2011

New research from the Pew Internet and Life Project on the 2010 midterm elections shows that a majority of U.S. citizens are now turning to the web for news and information about politics.

Four short links: 22 March 2011 - Local Community, Building Memories, Social Media, and ChumbyVision

By Nat Torkington
March 22, 2011

EveryBlock Redesigned -- EB has been defined for a while now as "that site that makes my city's statistics useful and relevant". Now they're getting more into the user-reporting: As valuable as automated updates of crime, media mentions, and other EveryBlock news are, contributions from your fellow neighbors are significantly more meaningful and useful. While we're not removing our...

Social media design should start with human behavior - Facebook's Paul Adams says social media is about more than just technology.

Social media design should start with human behavior - Facebook's Paul Adams says social media is about more than just technology.
By Jenn Webb
March 18, 2011

In this interview, Facebook global brand experience manager Paul Adams says social design is to web developers as electricity is to appliance engineers. It's an essential element that must be baked in rather than bolted on.

Knowledge management in the age of social media - The days of the single, authoritative voice are coming to an end. The community has prevailed.

Knowledge management in the age of social media - The days of the single, authoritative voice are coming to an end. The community has prevailed.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
March 16, 2011

The shift to the adoption of social computing, somewhat driven by consumerization, points to one emergent observation: the future is about managing unstructured content.

Social media in a time of need - How the Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department integrate social tools into crisis response.

Social media in a time of need - How the Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department integrate social tools into crisis response.
By Alex Howard
March 7, 2011

The Red Cross and the Los Angeles Fire Department have been at the forefront of incorporating social media into crisis response. Here's a look at some of the tools and techniques they've adopted.

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network - The State Department launched new Twitter accounts in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Hindi and French.

Empowering digital diplomacy at the edge of the network - The State Department launched new Twitter accounts in Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Hindi and French.
By Alex Howard
March 1, 2011

When the State Department launched new Twitter accounts in a number of languages, it provided an opportunity for digital diplomats to engage in a global conversation at the edges of the network.

Smaller search engines tap social platforms - Some niche engines are using social activity as a search signal.

Smaller search engines tap social platforms - Some niche engines are using social activity as a search signal.
By Jenn Webb
February 25, 2011

Integrating social media into search engines is one thing, but engines like Foodily and BuzzFeed's Pop Culture Search are basing some of their results on social platform activity.

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers - Facts and humor in this video illustrate the reach and impact of new technology.

Mind-blowing, world-changing technology by the numbers - Facts and humor in this video illustrate the reach and impact of new technology.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
February 16, 2011

This is a golden age of technology. Almost anyone with modest technology such as an internet connection or a mobile phone can have an impact on the world. This video is just a small slice of the staggering numbers and impact of technology that we witness today.

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.

Indexing the social signal - Charlene Li on the problems and possibilities of social search and realtime updates.
By James Turner
February 15, 2011

Search engines used to leisurely index static results, but the rise of social media and real-time updates has changed the game. In this interview, Altimeter Group founder Charlene Li looks at how search will have to adapt to this new environment.

Pages before ads and other Facebook marketing tips - Authors Dan and Alison Zarrella on how businesses can put Facebook to use.

Pages before ads and other Facebook marketing tips - Authors Dan and Alison Zarrella on how businesses can put Facebook to use.
By Howard Wen
January 20, 2011

Traditional marketers and businesses tend to downplay Facebook's utility. That's a mistake, according to Dan and Alison Zarrella, co-authors of "The Facebook Marketing Book." In this interview, they explain why engagement is the key to Facebook campaigns.

Backtype: Using big data to make sense of social media - Nathan Marz on the data tools that help marketers understand their social media efforts.

By David Sims
January 11, 2011

Nathan Marz of Backtype discusses his work with Hadoop, Cascading and Clojure.

The 2010 technology of the year is ... - A simple and disruptive service is Jonathan Reichental's most important technology of 2010.

The 2010 technology of the year is ... - A simple and disruptive service is Jonathan Reichental's most important technology of 2010.
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
December 21, 2010

Jonathan Reichental's 2010 technology of the year is notable not just for what accomplished in the previous year, but also because of its considerable potential.

A perfect dystopian storm: Interview with "Flash Mob Gone Wrong" speaker

By Brady Forrest
November 12, 2010

At Ignite London 2, Tom Scott told the story of a "Flash Mob Gone Wrong." It's struck a nerve and is gathering a lot of momentum on Reddit, MetaFilter and Twitter. Scott explains why and how he created the presentation in the following short interview.

Twitter: A standard-issue tool for government leaders - Todd Park on how he integrates the real-time web into his communication suite.

Twitter: A standard-issue tool for government leaders - Todd Park on how he integrates the real-time web into his communication suite.
By Alex Howard
November 10, 2010

HHS CTO Todd Park uses the social web -- including Twitter -- to accomplish the core goals of his job: innovate, communicate, and iterate.

Going Social With jQuery

By Matthew David
October 25, 2010

Quickly add links to Social Networks jSocial, a jQuery Plugin

Hearing those digital cries for help - The Emergency Social Data Summit will look at online platforms as tools for collective action and crisis response.

By Alex Howard
August 11, 2010

The Red Cross will convene an Emergency Social Data Summit in Washington, D.C. to explore the power of online platforms for civic empowerment and improved response to crises.

Is there such a thing as a business that's not connected?

By Sarah Sorensen
July 27, 2010

When a business course asks 'what are e-organizations doing differently from businesses that are not using the Internet,' I am stumped. I can't think of any businesses that aren't connected in some way. E-organizations are no longer a 'segment' within the business population, rather they are representative of the way business gets done...

Social Security in the Gov 2.0 age - Social Security CIO Frank Baitman on open government and social media.

By Alex Howard
July 19, 2010

Social Security CIO Frank Baitman talks frankly about the potential for technology to deliver on the agency's mission. In an exclusive interview, he discusses open government, social media, teleworking, mobile devices, cloud computing and more.


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