URLs of wisdom (19th April)

URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.

Network analysis 

  • How does false information spread online?  We don’t know exactly…Understanding the spread of false information online requires a better understanding of two things. First, how information spreads online; second, what we mean by false information.”


“Social media users engage in practices that alter their visibility to machine algorithms, including subtweeting, discussing a person’s tweets via ‘screen captures,’ and hate-linking.”

  • Aleks Krotoski’s weekly Radio 4 podcast, Digital Human, is back – this week’s episode “Voice” considers questions such as why video content will never go viral and the emotional response we get when we hear the voice of someone we know.

Academia Online

  • Three issues: privacy, trust and the challenge of managing the popular culture record in a digital age.


  • Managing change within communities – some lessons learned from Open Street Map. Great advice which includes the following key areas:
    • Work in the open
    • Do the work in small pieces
    • Overcommunicate
    • Be polite
    • Set bounds
    • Call for closure
    • Be patient
  • Video linked to from the above post – Building Compassionate Communities in Tech. How do we encourage healthy (“non-violent”) communication in online communities? How do we not react badly to the trolls?

Web/Social media developments


Just for fun

Free speech – does it mean what you think it means…?


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