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Today in Data

The World Bank makes data available to all!

Other NGO’s and governments now routinely make their data available, but the World Bank’s on the cutting edge of realizing that making data accessible and making it impactful aren’t the same. To get the latter, you need infographics, and good ones. More here.

And Google reveals its government censorship requests.

According to the Open Net Initiative, the number of governments that censor has grown from about four in 2002 to over 40 today. In fact, some governments are now blocking content before it even reaches their citizens.

And women still make less than men, a graphic guide.

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Filed under: Power, TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS

Internet as 18th Century Coffeehouse

We think of it now as a very elegant gathering, where the Internet is down in the mud and people have ridiculous names. But coffeehouses were exactly like that: an insane mix of brilliant people, lunatics, and savage thugs.

I have a split intellectual life: these ant-like projects that evolve over months and years, and then this by-the-moment blogging life

But we all thought blogging was going to transform academic life, and that didn’t really happen.

All John Holbo, quoted here, along with his next idea:

Holbo now believes his best hope for revolutionizing academia is to organize “book events,” online seminars where a dozen or so academics review the same book. The existing book-for-tenure convention forces far too many books into publication, Holbo says, and people need a better system for figuring out what to read.

Filed under: TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS

From Crowd-Surfing to Crowd-Sourcing

To help teens understand the difference between “digital use and digital abuse,” MTV today launched “Over the Line?” an online application that “crowdsources” ideas on digital ethics. The new tool lets teens share and rate stories about sexting, constant messages, spying, cyberbullying, digital-dating abuse and other forms of abuse.

Frontlines from today’s MTV generation, and this dazzling statistic.

Fifty percent of 14 to 24 year olds have been the target of some form of digital abuse and 30 percent have sent or received nude photos of other young people on their cell phones or online, according to a December study released by MTV and the Associated Press.

Filed under: TECHNOLOGY, TOOLS

Mapping Grounds

Food map.
Job map.
Foreign Aid Distribution map.
Build your own state of California education map.

Filed under: TOOLS

Fun For Today

Track the cow in your fridge.
Then calculate your risk of death.

Filed under: TOOLS