Ottawa Citizen: Social media skepticism helping fuel distrust of the internet, survey finds

Ottawa Citizen: Social media skepticism helping fuel distrust of the internet, survey finds. “A new global survey suggests distrust of the internet is being fuelled by growing skepticism of social-media services like Facebook and Twitter. One in four people who took part in the survey said they didn’t trust the internet, a view increasingly being driven by lack of confidence in social media, governments and search engines.”

Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the early 1990s. “Update: It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the US, and the Ars staff has a long weekend accordingly. 2019 marks 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee worked at CERN and came up with a little idea known as the World Wide Web. As all of us do a little Web browsing this weekend, we thought resurfacing this piece outlining those early browsers might make all of us even appreciate Internet Explorer today. This story originally ran on Oct. 11, 2011, and it appears unchanged below.” Obviously not Memorial Day weekend now, but this sat in my Pocket queue for a bit. Still a good read, especially for those of use who used Cello, Mosaic, etc. In other words, get off my lawn…

BBC: The tablet computer pulled by donkey

BBC: The tablet computer pulled by donkey. “Back in 2016, mobile technology the like of which had not been seen before rolled into the remote community of Funhalouro, in Mozambique. Pulled by donkey, the container consisted of four LCD screens, powered by solar panels. It was a mobile roadshow, starting with music to draw a crowd and then switching to a three-minute film on the biggest of the screens.”

Bleeping Computer: U.S. Navy Creating a 350 Billion Record Social Media Archive

Bleeping Computer: U.S. Navy Creating a 350 Billion Record Social Media Archive. “United States Navy researchers want to build a global social media archive with 350 billion of digital data records as part of ongoing research efforts at the Naval Postgraduate School from Monterey, CA, conducted through the Department of Defense and Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School.”

Engadget: A parent’s guide to raising a good digital citizen

Engadget: A parent’s guide to raising a good digital citizen. “Being a good digital citizen means being a responsible one: educating yourself and your kids about the digital world, participating in it in positive ways, questioning it and using technology as a tool to make the world a bit brighter (and not in some post-apocalyptic-neon-shroom-cloud way). How do kids learn digital citizenship? The same way they learn how to be good citizens: They watch good role models, and they practice. As a mom, I try to be one of those role models and give them opportunities to practice, with, admittedly, a pretty tight leash.”

The European Sting: An economist explains how to value the internet

The European Sting: An economist explains how to value the internet. “It is one the most commonly used measures of economic activity: gross domestic product (GDP), defined as the total market value of all final goods and services produced within a country in a given period. But GDP misses out on huge chunks of value in the digital economy. When digital goods, whether Google Maps or Wikipedia, are available free of charge, they make no impact on GDP despite the value to their users.”