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Google AMP: New Governance Model

In 2016, Google invented and published Accelerate Mobile Page (AMP), an open-source website publishing technology to improve the performance of web content on mobile devices. According to Google, if people cannot access the website immediately, they tend to close the window.

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Tragedy in Brazil

When doing readings and discussions for one of my other classes, someone shared this article that I thought would interest students in this class as well. It’s called, “What Was Lost in Brazil’s Devastating Museum Fire,” and it is very

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A Library’s Most Serendipitous Shelf?

I came across a New York Times Magazine “Letters of Recommendation” post written by Elisa Gabbert. In it, she talks about how she goes to the library and makes a point of going to the “Recently Returned” shelf. I found this

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The Architecture of VR

When thinking about the future and the many advancements that are breaching the horizon, one industry that is brimming with potential is the business of Virtual Reality. “Instead of just games and entertainment, VR content is exploding with news, information,

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The True Face of Facebook

When I think back to the early days of Facebook (around 2004), I remember it as a way to connect with my classmates at NYU. You had to have an official .edu email to even register for an account. It

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data.world Peace

Based on the article, “How data.world Wants to Unify the Data World.” In mid-August, staff from Knowledge@Wharton, the online journal for The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, published an article where they interviewed data.world co-founders, Brett Hurt and

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“Deep Learning” (An AI Technology): The Underlying Issue With Information.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604087/the-dark-secret-at-the-heart-of-ai/ The power of Artificial Technology in this day and age is no stranger to humanity and each day it becomes more present in our daily lives. It can be seen at our homes, facilitating daily chores and simple actions,

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The Whole Picture: How Museums Facilitate Implicit Bias Through (lack of) Wholesome Data Organization

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-biases-shape-natural-history-museums-180967590/ Having worked at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT for 2 years during my undergrad career, this particular article caught my eye due to how quickly I could affirm and relate to the hidden biases that do

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RIP Village Voice: An Archival Cautionary Tale?

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-closing-of-the-village-voice-downtowns-magic-mirror Peter Schjeldhal is a former contributing writer at the Village Voice, which permanently shuttered last week as an online journal almost a year after discontinuing its print edition. Schjeldhal’s anecdotal recollection of visiting the paper’s archives three years ago

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Digitizing Old Nuclear Test Films Reveal Weapons Were More Devastating

Link: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/16/520398342/digitization-unearths-new-data-from-cold-war-era-nuclear-test-films Upon reading this article, the mere thought having stronger nuclear weapons during the tense Cold War days leaves an impression of helplessness.  Thankfully, while not exactly fully eliminated in the present day, the age of nuclear weapons has steadily

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by Hugh McLeod

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