Article: Why it’s time to veer towards an Open Web

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

Why it’s time to veer towards an Open Web

The decentralised ecosystem is not a dream anymore, it’s a reality and the world over there is a call for an ecosystem that encourages privacy. One that does not give away control of the web to a handful, rather make the web a democratic place for users to consume and share information and content.

The Open Web, which is an ecosystem that every independent website is a part of, has close to 350 million websites that get 250 billion visits month on month. The leading apps, however, garner only about 20 billion users, but still manage to grab our attention with the user experience they offer. Now, with a better user experience, there is a potential for a unified open web to take on the big tech and make the web the democratic space that it should be.

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Article: Study: Facebook delivers biased job ads, skewed by gender

Censorship, Media

Study: Facebook delivers biased job ads, skewed by gender

Facebook is showing different job ads to women and men in a way that might run afoul of anti-discrimination laws, according to a new study.

University of Southern California researchers who examined the ad-delivery algorithms of Facebook and LinkedIn found that Facebook’s were skewed by gender beyond what can be legally justified by differences in job qualifications.

Men were more likely to see Domino’s pizza delivery driver job ads on Facebook, while women were more likely to see Instacart shopper ads.

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Article: From Badging to Blockchain: Documenting Skills Learned

Academia, Blockchain

From Badging to Blockchain: Documenting Skills Learned

Further steps have been taken independently by universities that are utilizing blockchain technology to disseminate transcripts containing rich detail and documentation not available in the traditional paper document.

Yet much remains to be done if higher education, as a whole, is to engage in the development of an infrastructure aligned to industry needs. Experimentation must begin now, even as we are losing hundreds of thousands of prospective students to industry-initiated programs such as the Google career certificates. The process to pilot programs must be focused, easily assessed and open to modifications as it expands.

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Article: Watch out for cryptocurrency fraud

Crypto, Cyber-Security

Watch out for cryptocurrency fraud

Here are a few common methods that fraudsters use:

Online ads which highlight high returns and low risk.

Pop-up ads that promote cryptocurrency giveaways or include fake customer reviews.

Recommendations on social media that seem to come from “a friend”.

Private messages on social media sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook from fake profiles that look legitimate. Fraudsters can pretend to be senior executives and their profiles showcase fake investor references.

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Article: How to Get Grants for Blockchain Projects: The Flip Side of Funding

Blockchain

How to Get Grants for Blockchain Projects: The Flip Side of Funding

In the early stages of your startup’s journey, it’s only natural to worry about funding; whether you are bootstrapping or trying to scale a venture-backed unicorn. In the blockchain space, the word “funding” often evokes images of VC firms, ICOs, and hackathon prize winnings. There’s one funding strategy for builders in the blockchain space that I think could use some more love: grants.

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Article: Here’s How Blockchain’s Web 3.0 Would Impact Businesses

Blockchain, Web 3.0

Here’s How Blockchain’s Web 3.0 Would Impact Businesses

Driven by the most disruptive technology of our time, Web 3.0 is getting prepared to change how businesses operate and how internet users interact with the digital world. In this article, we are going to look into Web 3.0 Blockchain in detail – what it is, what it entails, the benefits it poses, and the industries it would revolutionize and how.

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Article: Will Web 3.0 Eliminate Platform Risk Faced By Developers & Startups?

Web 3.0

developers-startups-platformWill Web 3.0 Eliminate Platform Risk Faced By Developers & Startups?

For developers, one of the most prominent risks in terms of building applications is the utter lack of control over the platform they have chosen. Given the platform owned by a third party may decide to sell out or get shut down due to some unforeseeable reason adds substantial risk to years of hard efforts of a company and/or developers.

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Penguin: Open Source and Big Data

Autonomous Internet, Data, Software

Weighing Open Source’s Worth for the Future of Big Data

“If you’re trying to overcome a technology like relational databases, which have been developed over decades and had gestation from every major university in the world that does computer science research, it takes a long time to climb that hill,” Kreps says. “What’s very different for us is there hasn’t really been this incredibly well-developed infrastructure layer in the space we’re entering. We get to kind of make it up as we go along, which is a huge advantage. “

This perhaps is the reason why — despite the availability of MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL RDBMs, the advent of modern NoSQL and NewSQL solutions, and scalable Hadoop and object-storage alternatives — proprietary RDBMs continue to drive the lion’s share of enterprise spending in the data management space.

 

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Phi Beta Iota: The time has come for a clean-sheet fresh start.  The Internet was designed for machine to machine communication, it was never designed for humans or content. We process less than 1% of the Big Data we have in hand and that in  turn is less than 1% of what is known. A post-Amazon post-Google Internet will be distributed and encrypted, including the 50% of humanity not on the Internet today, and enable paragraph level linking and weighting.