49% of all Google searches are no-click, study finds

A rich data set from analysis conducted by SparkToro. Zero-click searches have steadily risen over the past three years, up from 12% in 2016 to 48.96% in 2019. No click, or zero-click, searches are a search engine result page (SERP) that displays the answer to a user’s query at the top of a Google search…

SIFT (The Four Moves)

Mike Caulfield on “four moves” that students can make as they critically evaluate online information. Stop. Investigate the source. Find better coverage. Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original context.

Facebook announces Libra cryptocurrency: All you need to know

Facebook has finally revealed the details of its cryptocurrency, Libra, which will let you buy things or send money to people with nearly zero fees. You’ll pseudonymously buy or cash out your Libra online or at local exchange points like grocery stores, and spend it using interoperable third-party wallet apps or Facebook’s own Calibra wallet…

Charting Death

For their final capstone project for Bradley Voytek’s COGS 108 course at UCSD, a group of students examined potential disparities between actual deaths and their corresponding media attention. The final project is excellent. The subject matter…and the interactive data charts as well. For anyone curious about any of the steps throughout this project, the original data and…

Unraveling the mysteries of preprints and peer review

A database assembles thousands of science journals’ editorial policies to boost transparency and accessibility. The Transpose database, which launched on 13 June, was compiled by a mostly US-based group of researchers working towards reforming publishing. The database includes details about peer review, preprints and editorial policies that are often difficult or impossible to find on…

Genius Claims Google Stole Lyrics Embedded With Secret Morse Code

Lyrics website Genius has accused Google of stealing lyrics from its site and reposting them in search results without permission. Genius claims they caught the search engine “red handed” thanks to Morse code embedded in their lyrics. Starting in 2016, Genius positioned both “straight” and “curly” apostrophes in their lyrics which, when converted into dots and dashes like Morse code,…

Digitally Literate #201

Mastering Your Life Digitally Lit #201 – 6/15/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #201 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I curate the news of the week and distilling this down into an easy-to-read resource for you. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week…

Scary deepfake tool lets you put words into someone’s mouth

Last week, Stanford researchers announced they’d created an algorithm that makes “editing video as easy as editing text.” Imagine using a video editing program in which you can modify talking-head videos (footage from the shoulders up) by extracting patterns from real clips. The system uses machine learning to create a realistic video of a person saying something…

Digitally Literate #200

It goes on. Digitally Lit #200 – 6/8/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to Digitally Literate. Welcome to issue #200!!! I started this newsletter several years ago with in the intention of curating during the week and distilling this down into an easy-to-read source for you to quickly consume. My goal…