Social Media As a Weapon Against Democracy

Who would have believed that I would write a post about social media being used a weapon against democracy? Looking back, I should have been more pragmatic about the power of social media and community. Here we are ten years from when it all started, and corporate marketing and PR teams have co-opted social platforms. […]

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Don’t Let a Fake Email Freak You Out!

Do you know how to identify fake emails? It is an important skill to learn if you want to be digitally literate. This post will give you the basics so you can protect yourself. Foreign Countries are Sending Fake Emails to Disrupt Our Election The FBI held a press conference yesterday to announce that Iran […]

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Getting to the Bottom of the TikTok Deal

Seven days ago, I wrote about Presidential powers to halt mergers, specifically looking at the TikTok deal. Since that time, it has been announced TikTok will go public in the US with an IPO, with Oracle and Walmart will having shares in the new company. Let’s try and tease out some of the reality of […]

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Why does the President Want to Ban TikTok?

There was a flurry of news over the (US) weekend about the future of TikTok in America. There are some pretty big issues at stake here, yet it seems like the focus is on will TikTok the application continue in its current form in the US, or will the 80 million American users need to […]

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Tech for Evil Case Study: Clearview AI

You may have heard about Clearview AI in the news, especially around facial recognition. But who is this company, and what do they actually do? Setting the Stage First a bit of background to this post. Four years ago I published this post about Tech for Evil during the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota […]

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Small Worlds can Hide the Truth

Small worlds give us social structure and help us make sense of how we fit into the greater society. But sometimes they can also prevent important change from happening by narrowing our world view. Let’s dig into some theories of information seeking behavior to see if there are patterns we can optimize to ensure that […]

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Evaluating Digital Sources During an Epidemic

Evaluating digital sources is an important component of being digitally literate. During an epidemic, this skill can literally mean life or death. But how do you sift through sources to evaluate them when you are fatigued and stressed out from the information itself? NSE: Never Stop Evaluating Digital Sources You must look at the source […]

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Can Small World Theory Explain Polarization? #blogredux

This week in Blog Redux: can small world theory explain polarization? This week I’m reviving an old post from blog.ginaminks.com from July 10, 2010. The post was titled How information needs and small world signatures are related to affinity and relevance. Ahh the good ole days when we didn’t have to worry about SEO and we could […]

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Does Literacy Matter in a Digital World?

Literacy. It is the foundation of American Public Schools, and an important arc in the story of democracy. But what does literacy really mean, especially in a modern, digital world? Definitions This is the Miriam Webster definition of literacy: Being educated, cultured; able to read and write; versed in literature or creative writing; lucid, polished; […]

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