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Why use blockchain?

Blockchain’s applications are linked directly to its benefits, such as: Security: The structure of the “chain of blocks” makes it impossible to be violated, since if an intruder decides to try to alter or erase any recorded transactions, it would

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Blockchain Case: Anti-Corruption

Land Governance – Serpro (Brazil): Blockchain is being used in several pilot programs to fight fraud and corruption when it comes to land governance. Since the technology can be used to record and verify transactions, it is being applied to the

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‘Dragonfly’ follow-up

I read about Google’s ‘Dragonfly’ project back in September and decided to follow-up on this news story. ‘Dragonfly’ is the codename for a censored search engine produced by Google for China. It has all the ethical violations you’re wondering, which

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The Free Music Archive is closing down this month

The WFMU project hosted music that was meant to be freely shared Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Free Music Archive was founded in 2009, the same year Barack Obama was inaugurated as this country’s first black president. As a

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

This documentary “depicts the life of American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist Aaron Swartz. It features interviews with his family and friends as well as the internet luminaries who worked with him. The film tells his story up

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Little Free Libraries Make the World a Brighter Place

In a photo essay for The New York Times, Katharine Q. Seelye recently highlighted the Little Free Library movement that’s steadily spread across not only the United States, but the entire world. It began as a tribute by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin,

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A New Way to Highlight: The memorization font

  Last week, Melbourne’s RMIT University unveiled Sans Foretica, a new custom-designed typeface that, according to its creators, helps readers retain what they read. The clunky, hard-to-read sans serif would probably be considered a “bad font” by typographers, who are

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To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

This article from the New York Times on libraries and their purpose in our global modern day society, was very honest and heartfelt. I was touched when Eric Klinenberg (2018), the author, remarked upon how libraries are the backbone to

Posted in Libraries, Library, Open Access, Uncategorized

Pop culture meets historical archives: the Royal Archives collaborates with the cast of Hamilton

A lot of people see archives as a stuffy, closed room full of old papers and photographs that have little or no relation to present day at all. The British Royal Archive, however, is proving them wrong: As part of

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by Hugh McLeod

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