Question Everything: Google Moderator was (once) my idea (sort of)

“The thing to do with good ideas,” Oscar Wilde never said, “is to just wait until Google develops them, to save you the trouble of doing so yourself.”

Breaking news from Wikileaks you might have missed!

Yesterday I received an 750-word from the Wikileaks email address (@sunshinepress.org) in response to my critical article about the service. I’d love to reprint it, but the author had the temerity to preface it with the request “off the record.” There are journalists who support the notion that a unilateral request of “off the record” need not be honore

Wikileaks is a little dangerous

I’ve recently spent many hours using the data on Wikileaks to produce some original analysis on the Bank Julius Baer story.

Why can’t search engines make it easier to find icons?

While re-designing the archives, I needed some icons to help illustrate the different story types.

Post Facto Editing

In September 2002, Clay Shirky sent an essay to his mailing list titled Broadcast Institutions, Community Values. He suggested how the former could employ the latter, and in doing so, explained the difference between the two.

Privacy Considerations of Third Party Website Trackers

In recent months, there has been a heightened awareness about privacy risks online. Facebook’s Beacon program, which had pulled in information from users’ online purchases on from partner sites, was roundly criticized before the company backtracked.

Site Meter Reader — finding commenters in another website’s traffic logs

On Sunday I discovered a potential privacy leak in the Site Meter traffic logs; I was able, with a fair degree of confidence, to determine the IP addresses used by ten anonymous commenters to a well-trafficked blog.

The CDA-DMCA Disparity

If you’re in the web publishing practice, you ought to know about this essential paradox: the disparity between the safe harbor exemptions governing copyright infringement (“DMCA”) and defamation/exposure (“CDA 230”).

Reflections on the Future of Reputation

This coming weekend I’m planning on attending the Reputation Economies conference at Yale, so I bought, and read, Daniel Solove’s The Future of Reputation.

Search Engine Orientation (SEOr)

Search Engine Orientation (SEOr) is SEO for Ordinary people.

Personalized Anchor Links

Personalized Anchor Links are the heart of Search Engine Optimization, and as well, Search Engine Orientation.

Allen Kraus & Search Engine Obfuscation

It seems that Allen Kraus of New York City is a victim of search engine obfuscation.

Constructive Activism, Part IV: When Googlebombing Doesn’t Work

In looking at the attempted googlebombing campaign to support Alaa, I wanted to first consider a theory about how activism works. Activism needs to be both disruptive and constructive, offering a new narrative or a new artifact of reality for people to accept. Campaigns that are only disruptive tend to be unappreciated, or simply defined as illegal, even in this country.

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