Posts Tagged ‘ Web ’

A Face Is Exposed for AOL Searcher No. 4417749

Buried in a list of 20 million Web search queries collected by AOL and recently released on the Internet is user No. 4417749. The number was assigned by the company to protect the searcher’s anonymity, but it was not much of a shield.

No. 4417749 conducted hundreds of searches over a three-month period on topics ranging from “numb fingers” to “60 single men” to “dog that urinates on everything.”

And search by search, click by click, the identity of AOL user No. 4417749 became easier to discern. There are queries for “landscapers in Lilburn, Ga,” several people with the last name Arnold and “homes sold in shadow lake subdivision gwinnett county georgia.”

It did not take much investigating to follow that data trail to Thelma Arnold, a 62-year-old widow who lives in Lilburn, Ga., frequently researches her friends’ medical ailments and loves her three dogs. “Those are my searches,” she said, after a reporter read part of the list to her.

AOL removed the search data from its site over the weekend and apologized for its release, saying it was an unauthorized move by a team that had hoped it would benefit academic researchers.

In the privacy of her four-bedroom home, Ms. Arnold searched for the answers to scores of life’s questions, big and small. How could she buy “school supplies for Iraq children”? What is the “safest place to live”? What is “the best season to visit Italy”?

Is anyone safe on the internet? Is it private?! I don’t think so..


Web development > boosts creativity

In any creative project or assignment, research is the key to success.

Take for example a graphic design. You’ve got your brief and story boards. Next stop is to make the decision of what platform to use software/hardware ect…

Before you can even begin to design the graphic research needs to be made.

And without the web this would be virtually impossible. A simple Google search of Graphic Design Ideas or Tips would bring up millions of peoples opinions and previous experience. This is a truly fantastic feature of the web, and really needs to be praised by its idealism.

In the previous television program produced by the BBC, Sir Stephen Fry was interviewed about his view on Sir Tim Bernerd-Lee (creator/inventor of the internet) and he said “Sir Time Berners-Lee should be daily thanked by everybody that gets any pleasure or profit out of the world wide web, for that supreme act of generosity, selflessness and idealism”

Completely Agree!

Mozilla Labs – Ubiquity

An experiment into connecting the Web with language.

I’m using this at the moment, its still in very early stages but seems to be working well.


Aleks Krotoski

is an academic and journalistwho writes about and studies technology and interactivity. Her PhD thesis in Social Psychology (University of Surrey, 2009) examined how information spreads around the social networks of the World Wide Web. Read up on her academic and research interests here.

She is currently working on the 4-part, prime timeBBC 2 series Virtual Revolution, about the social history of the World Wide Web, broadcasting at 8:30pm from Saturday 30 January 2010 (repeated Monday nights at 11pm). She blogs for the projecthere.

Aleks writes for The Guardian newspaper, and hostsTech Weekly, their technology podcast. Her writing also appears in The Observer, on BBC Technology,New StatesmanMIT Technology Review and The Telegraph. Check out her words here.

Finally, she’s the New Media Sector Champion forUKTI, the government department that promotes British businesses around the world. Find out morehere.

You can find Aleks all over the Web.

Or follower her on Twitter


Virtual Revolution – Pt.2

Taken from Aleks’ Website/Blog.

The second episode of the Virtual Revolution series broadcasts tomorrow night at 20:15pm on BBC2. The programme, Enemy of the State?, looks closely at how individuals are using the powerful Web tools against governments and in support of them, how governments are (successfully and unsuccessfully) using the Web to control individuals, and the many groups who are using the agnostic Web to create their own politic – from the good to the downright evil.

Here’s what it says on the official site:

Aleks charts how the web is forging a new brand of politics, both in democracies and authoritarian regimes.

With contributions from Al Gore, Martha Lane Fox, Stephen Fry and Bill Gates, Aleks explores how interactive, unmediated sites like Twitter and Youtube have encouraged direct action and politicised young people in unprecedented numbers.

Yet, at the same time, the web’s openness enables hardline states to spy and censor, and extremists to threaten with networks of hate and crippling cyber attacks.

If this has you hankering for more before the show airs, check out the excellent and in-depth piece about the issues covered in tomorrow night’s film for BBC News from Rajan Malhotra, programme 2’s awesome assistant producer. Here’s a taster:

As the web empowers the ordinary citizen and gives a voice to the masses, so it has equally strengthened the hold of governments around the world. Freedom versus Control is an age old battle that has now moved to the web…

Twenty years ago, as the web was born, it would have been difficult to imagine that it would start to evolve into such a powerful social and political tool.

But that is just what the web is becoming – from the Chinese government’s attempt to control the blogosphere through its own “50 Cent” army of bloggers to tweets and status updates from the Iranian protestors, the web might be on the way to becoming one of the most powerful weapons of our time.

If you’d like to see the film in action before tomorrow, head to The Guardian, where they have an exclusive clip of what happens in the beating heart of the Web.

And, of course, you can play ‘spot the programme 2 behind-the-scenes photos’ while you’re watching on Saturday night or catching up during the repeat on Monday 8 February at 23:20, or with iPlayer, with my Flickr Virtual Revolution set.

Designs with Attitude

Just found this really interesting company, that has a fanstastic online portfolio of some of their work!

Take a look here…