Phys.org: Political polarization? Don’t blame the web, study says. “Despite the popular narrative that the web is to blame for rising political polarization, a study by a Brown University economist has found that recent growth in polarization is greatest for demographic groups in which individuals are least likely to use the internet and social media. This means that data does not support the claim that the internet is the most significant driver of partisanship.”
Smashing Magazine: A Guide To Virtual Reality For Web Developers. “Recently, there has been a proliferation of virtual reality (VR) web browsers and VR capabilities added to traditional browsers. In this article, we’ll look at the state of browsers in VR and the state of VR on the web via the WebVR APIs.” Even if you are not a Web developer, this is a good overview of where we’re at at the moment, and how far we’ve come since VRML.
The Next Web: Facebook code makes for 16% of the average site… and that’s a problem. “With two billion monthly active users, more than half of all netizens are now on Facebook. In fact, the social media platform has become so integral to the internet that a large number of sites nowadays contain small chunks of Facebook code.”
Times of Israel: Spanish Google search for ‘Jew’ gives 30% anti-Semitic sites. “Some 30 percent of the page results returned in a Google search for the word Jew, or Judio, on Spanish-language websites contain anti-Semitic content…. Another trend is that anti-Semitic videos on YouTube, the leading social network video platform, had a growing number of likes throughout last year. In January they received 3 likes for every 1 dislike, but by the end of the year the figure changed to 4-1, revealing an increased proportion of approbation, according the report (in Spanish) released on Friday.”
Hongkiat: 6 Ways to Download and Read Websites Offline. “Below I have listed some ways you can download and browse web pages offline on any of your devices. Whether you want to download a single web page or an entire website, the following write up will guide you though the process. So, lets dig right into it.” Nice overview.
Sunlight Foundation: What we’ve learned about the Trump administration’s changes to government websites won’t shock you. “Over the past seven months, we’ve seen changes to federal agency websites, including at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of the Interior, and the State Department, as well as changes to the White House’s website. These updates include changes to websites that provide educational information, insight into the obligations and past actions of agencies, plans and work toward upcoming policy, and access to and context for government documents. These sites have spanned topics like climate change, renewable energy, fossil fuels, clean water, agriculture, animal welfare, and general science policy.”
Lifehacker: How to Send Web Pages From Your Phone to Your PC. “It isn’t hard to go from reading an article on your phone to reading it on your laptop. All you need to do is remember where you found it, right? But searching for something you already have in front of you is redundant, especially since companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple all have ways to take what’s on your phone and bring it to your desktop in an instant. Chances are, with a few settings tweaks, you can enable the feature right now.”