Information Edge Blog

Fracking Update: What’s Real?

What a difference 18 months makes! When I last blogged about fracking, it was widespread in the U.S. Last week, Governor Cuomo banned fracking in New York State. This follows on the heels of bans in Denton, Texas and bans and moratoriums in New Mexico and Colorado. These are just pockets of bans though and … Read More

The False Promise of Anonymity

From the Center for Democracy & Technology: “In recent weeks, multiple apps promising “secret” messaging have had sensitive data exposed by breaches and the apps’ not-so-secret data-sharing practices. This news makes one thing clear: the term “anonymity,” as used by apps that ostensibly enable individuals to post updates anonymously, often promises too much. Many applications … Read More

Google Makes Us All Dumber: The Neuroscience of Search Engines

I often hear from teachers and professors that their Google using students only skim the surface of knowledge, going broad rather than deep. That can be good at times and not so good at times. It’s sort of like Cliff’s Notes on steroids. Here are some great quotes from this thought provoking short article: “In 1964, … Read More

Replace Libraries with the Internet?

Here are a few of the answers when ten folks in line at a local Starbucks were asked this question by one of my library tech students: That’s dumb Oh for goodness’ sake! That would just mean Google owns all the libraries What a $%#@ nightmare! There were others who commented  along the same lines. What’s … Read More

Amazon’s Netflix for Books is examined by Gary Price

Gary has been writing about other such services recently. In regard to Amazon he points out: “I think it’s worth noting that Amazon has a great deal of data about how people borrow, read, interact, and return ebooks borrowed from a library. This is valuable information they can use to make their service very appealing to … Read More