Privacy Tools: Opting Out from Data Brokers. In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I tried various strategies to protect my privacy.
In this series of blog posts, I try to distill the lessons from my privacy experiments into a series of useful tips for readers. Data brokers have been around forever, selling mailing lists to companies that send junk mail. But in today’s data-saturated economy, data brokers know more information than ever about us, with sometimes disturbing results. Earlier this month, OfficeMax sent a letter to a grieving father addressed to “daughter killed in car crash.” And in December, privacy expert Pam Dixon testified in Congress that she had found data brokers selling lists with titles such as “Rape Sufferers” and “Erectile Dysfunction sufferers.” During my book research, I sought to obtain the data that brokers held about me. It wasn’t easy. The first spreadsheet below is a list of data brokers who will give you copies of your data.
Good luck! Companies that let you download your data: Teaching History in the Digital Age. On history, digital humanities, and higher education. These remarks were presented October 25, 2013 at the Michigan State University Cyberinfrastructure Days conference.
I have removed and modified some comments which were relevant to the local context of the conference, and I have removed some of the explanatory footnotes. “You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here? Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down Letting the days go by, water flowing underground Into the blue again, after the money’s gone Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground Same as it ever was, same as it ever was . . . ” Talking Heads, 1980 Good afternoon. Thank you for inviting me to the Cyberinfrastructure Days at Michigan State.
Based on the sessions at Cyberinfrastructure Days, I have been struck by how many of the questions and concerns of scientists match those of humanists. Jason Heppler. Blog. We’ve been working hard over the past four months trying to reimagine Codecademy and we couldn’t be happier to finally unveil it to the world.
We have redefined every component under our brand, from a single button on our dashboard to our email template, business cards, slides and even apparel. We had been discussing a design refresh for a while, but somehow it always ended up being pushed to the side. Finally, in October last year, after completing a user segmentation project that brought to live the main user archetypes of Codecademy.com, it quickly became apparent that if we wanted to grow and mature as a brand, we required a thorough redesign of our entire product. Why a redesign? Reason #1 – Start fresh First, there was the obvious problem of design incoherence and variation. A random sampling of pages within our old web ecosystem, showcasing some visual design inconsistency. Reason #2 – Brand matureness Our new look Phase 1 Various early directions for our new logo. Our new color palette. On Digital History. Archives*Open. South Jersey Digital. Looking@Democracy: A Digital Media Competition By theibauj - Last updated: Friday, January 25, 2013 If you have creative ideas on civic engagement through new media, then the Looking@Democracy contest offers a great opportunity to try them out.
Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the competition will offer $100,000 in prizes to short digital media pieces that illustrate either why government is important to our lives or how to strengthen democracy in America together. Formats for digital media they mention include videos, audio clips, animations, music videos, infographics, and Facebook and iPhone apps. The call for proposals is here. The competition begins February 4, 2013 and closes April 30, 2013. Day of DH 2012 By theibauj - Last updated: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Today is Day of Digital Humanities 2012. As I write this, there are 298 people signed up to participate. A First-Timers View of THATCamp Games. History Carnival. Digital History Hacks (2005-08) Found History.
Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions? The criticism most frequently leveled at digital humanities is what I like to call the “Where’s the beef?”
Question, that is, what questions does digital humanities answer that can’t be answered without it? What humanities arguments does digital humanities make? Concern over the apparent lack of argument in digital humanities comes not only from outside our young discipline. Many practicing digital humanists are concerned about it as well. Rob Nelson of the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, an accomplished digital humanist, recently ruminated in his THATCamp session proposal, “While there have been some projects that have been developed to present arguments, they are few, and for the most part I sense that they haven’t had a substantial impact among academics, at least in the field of history.”
These concerns are justified. But this suggests another, more difficult, more nuanced question: When? There’s a moral to this story. . * For more on Hooke, see J.A. FuturistSpeaker.com – The personal blog of Futurist Thomas Frey.