The future — of news, of storytelling, of knowing — has to, in some way, address this. The methods by which we filter and evaluate and accumulate information need to be transparent and readily interrogated. Not because openness is a panacea — it isn’t — but because knowing something is an iterative process which depends upon collaboration, and collaboration can’t happen in a dark room.

Byron the bulb: how the velocity of journalism is changing | The Verge (via thisistheverge)

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Veracity aside, the whole debate is a good reminder of what most what most of us cheerfully Snapchatting, Instagramming fools conveniently forget: Our phones store metadata with every photo we take. Unless you spend a lot more energy than most people finding tools that scrub your files, EXIF data on every selfie includes the GPS coordinates of your photos, the time they were taken, and enough other information that makes it easy to track down personalized details about you. Even if there’s no embedded EXIF data, if a photo’s location is placed on a map, software can scrape those locations and associate them with the images. The impact this has on our privacy is profound. Programmer and artist Owen Mundy recently visualized these kinds of privacy issues in his project, I Know Where Your Cat Lives. Using publicly available photos from people’s feeds, he locates photos of cats on a global map, with an estimated error margin of 7.8 meters. “I have a daughter and had been posting pictures of her on Instagram,” Mundy told Vice. “Then I realized Instagram had created a map of every picture I had been sharing with the world. That scared me.”

In Metadata We Trust, Minus The Margins Of Error | Popular Science

The measure would request that the president to trim the amount of classified information by at least 10 percent within five years, in addition to granting the Merit Systems Protection Board authority to hear cases from employees who have been deemed ineligible for security clearance and establishing a congressional stance that only positions involving access to classified information should require clearance, among other actions. The government spends more than $11 billion classifying more than 80 million documents each year, according to a 2013 report from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Does the government have a problem with ‘runaway’ document classification? - The Washington Post

How did a joke we made up about Amelia Bedelia while we were stoned get repeated all over the Internet for more than five years, by blogs and reporters and elementary school students and even the author of Amelia Bedelia himself?

I accidentally started a Wikipedia hoax

It struck me that part of the reason we always stay jacked in is that we want everyone — at the other end of the phone, on Facebook and Twitter, on the web, on email — to know that we are part of the now. If we look away, we worry we will disappear.

David Carr, writing eloquently as usual about the death of print. (via parislemon)

You might think writing 10,000 articles per day would be impossible. But not for a Swede named Sverker Johansson. He created a computer program that has written a total of 2.7 million articles, making Johansson the most prolific author, by far, on the “internet’s encyclopedia.” His contributions account for 8.5 percent of the articles on Wikipedia, the Wall Street Journal reports.

This Bot Has Written More Wikipedia Articles Than Anybody | Popular Science

Even without active use, the presence of mobile technologies has the potential to divert individuals from face-to-face exchanges, thereby undermining the character and depth of these connections. Individuals are more likely to miss subtle cues, facial expressions, and changes in the tone of their conversation partner’s voice, and have less eye contact.

Presence of a Smartphone Lowers Quality of Conversations - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society

Many employers said their fresh-from-college hires frequently lack deeper and more traditional skills in research and analysis. Instead, the new workers default to quick answers plucked from the Internet. That method might be fine for looking up a definition or updating a fact, but for many tasks, it proved superficial and incomplete. It turns out that students are poorly trained in college to effectively navigate the Internet’s indiscriminate glut of information.

At Sea in a Deluge of Data - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Family history is a puzzle, and some pieces are more surprising or salacious than others,” said Michelle Ercanbrack, a spokeswoman for Ancestry.com. “There’s something wickedly comforting in the notion that nobody’s perfect.

Archives From Prisons in New York Are Digitized - NYTimes.com

In Friday’s turnabout, the company told The Guardian that several links to its articles had been reinstated in Google’s European search service after the newspaper complained. Some of the articles were from 2010 about a soccer referee, now retired, who had been accused of lying about why he had awarded a penalty kick in a match in Scotland. Google declined to explain why it had removed the links this week, or its reasons for honoring The Guardian’s request to restore them. Critics said the episode highlighted a lack of transparency about how Google is carrying out the court order as it works through requests it has received for removing information, a number that has reached 70,000 and continues to grow.

Google Reinstates European Links to Articles From The Guardian - NYTimes.com