Article: What the ephemerality of the Web means for your hyperlinks

Academia, Access, Knowledge, Media
What the ephemerality of the Web means for your hyperlinks

Linkrot and content drift at this scale across the New York Times is not a sign of neglect, but rather a reflection of the state of modern online citation. The rapid sharing of information through links enhances the field of journalism. That it is being compromised by the fundamental volatility of the Web points to the need for new practices, workflows, and technologies.

Retroactive options––or mitigation––are limited, but still important to consider. The Internet Archive hosts an impressive, though far from comprehensive, assortment of snapshots of websites. It’s best understood as a means of patching incidents of linkrot and content drift. Publications could work to improve the visibility of the Internet Archive and other services like it as a tool for readers, or even automatically replace broken links with ones to archives, as the Wikipedia community has done.

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Article: What is the Semantic Web?

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

What is the Semantic Web?

Today, “Web 2.0” is an industry standard term, if not a popularly understood one, and its history suggests that “Web 3.0” at least has a good shot at adoption — as a word, anyway. As a technology, environment, tool or doorway to “virtual reality,” Web 3.0 will thrive to the extent that our technology and content get smarter and smarter, individually and jointly. Adding meaning to data with the Semantic Web and microformats, and adding smarts to applications, means better help for people by way of natural language searches, semantic searches, “recommendation agents,” decision-making wizards and so on.

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Article: Human Expression: Why It Should Be A Global Goal And How Crypto Can Help

Crypto, Decentralized Internet

Human Expression: Why It Should Be A Global Goal And How Crypto Can Help

The future of human expression will have a broader base of participation with sustainable careers for musicians, artists, authors, and activists. It will be more distributed, less curated and concentrated, more about artist and less about intermediaries. It will leverage crowdsourcing, collaboration and new modes of expression; it will swamp old power broker business models and copyright laws; it will build on tradition and conjure value from thin air.

Schools and colleges can help create this new flourishing of culture by integrating the expressive arts with emerging technology and new business models so that more young people graduate ready for sustainable arts impact.

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Article: The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Access, Censorship, Media

The battle between Big Tech and the free press

Worldwide, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of Covid disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

Note that Google and Facebook could tweak their design and algorithms to purposefully drive users to the original news sources’ websites. But they don’t. They prefer to repackage and monetise product from the original producer without paying for it. In other industries, that’s called theft.

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Article: The Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

Content Integrity, Digital Content, Media, Open Source

The Real Battle Between Big Tech and the Free Press Is Just Beginning | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • SmithsonianThe Real Battle Between Big Tech and The Free Press is Just Beginning

From Australia to Maryland, the News Industry Is in a Fight for Its Life Against Facebook and Google.

From Australia to Maryland, the free press is waging a battle for survival against Facebook and Google. Besides being gushing firehoses of COVID disinformation and QAnon conspiracies, Google and Facebook have been dangerously undermining the financial stability of media outlets all over the world.

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Article: The value of NFTs, explained by an expert

Crypto

The value of NFTs, explained by an expert

How emotional attachment to certain items and gifts could affect our understanding of value.

Brands are very, very excited about non-fungible tokens. Over the past month, some of America’s most recognizable brands have eagerly hopped onto the bandwagon, selling limited-edition Taco Bell cryptoartold Time magazine covers, a New York Times column, and a virtual Pringles chip flavor. Non-fungible tokens, it seems, have entered the mainstream, even as the technology remains confusing and largely inaccessible to regular Americans.

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