This wikipedia article about critical-data-studies could use a lot of TLC. I couldn't believe that it didn't even mention boyd & Crawford's Critical Questions for Big Data.
Still it's cool to see that it was started by a student in a class at Clarleton University.
"And then one day, a revelation: It occurred to me that it was no longer just difficult to hear all the music I’d amassed, but impossible. I mean literally, mathematically impossible: I calculated that if I lived another, say, 40 years, and spent every minute of those next 40 years — that's no sleeping, no eating — listening to my collection of music, I would be dead before I could make it all the way through." - James Jackson Toth
But back to the post and the discussion: Google search is a key information resource, and these are the elite of the IT profession talking like SEO spin doctors (or cryptically e.g. ****google) about what they think might be going on. The discourse itself is telling.
It kind of makes me wonder/worry if PageRank is now so complex and in motion that they don't have the tools/methods to actually answer Tim Bray's question.
I'm not sure about the jump from "my site isn't in Google but it's in DuckDuckGo ∴ DuckDuckGo indexes more of the Web" ... but this is definitely an interesting post and discussion about the blackbox of PageRank:
I've been using DDG as my default search engine for a year now, but will still occasionally !g to find something. It has given me a much better feel for the web. bang commands in particular have made me appreciate site specific searches much more.
We have plenty of "how-to's", but I see a distinct lack of "why-for's". It's very good to know *how* to do something, but I think it's equally important to know *why* to do something.
I dreamed I had something really important to say but no paper, just a drill and some bolts, so I etched the words in tiny print on the bolts and then bolted them into the wall of an attic room where I was staying. Then I realized it wasn't my wall so I removed the bolts and stored them and covered the wall with some decorative cloth. #smallstories
decaying social media signage
gender, sexuality, garbage science Show more
https://medium.com/@blaisea/do-algorithms-reveal-sexual-orientation-or-just-expose-our-stereotypes-d998fafdf477 the fact that there are people working on "research" like this and not getting literally run out of town on a rail is such an indictment of machine learning as a methodology and field of practice. how do you get a phd and then think it's okay to go from supervised learning on photos to slipshod arguments about the biological effects of hormone exposure on sexual orientation.
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Deadline January 16!!
A net art organization starts doing web archiving. You won't believe what happened next:
Awesome looking syllabus on the topic of repair ... via @ruth