URLs of wisdom (31st May)

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

Network Analysis

  • Publicly available data from Twitter is public evidence and does not necessarily constitute an “ethical dilemma” – Ernesto Priego argues that “Publicly published data is public evidence and it should be subject to public research– Facebook is not Twitter, and Twitter research is not hacking into private mobile phone messages or emails. There is a difference between surveillance and recording for historical/sociological/scientific other research.”  
  • And here’s the announcement of which six organisations have been awarded the Twitter Data Grants, giving them access to the Twitter archives. Projects include looking at discussion of diseases online and measuring the happiness of cities.



  • Facebook wants to listen in on what you’re doing The tech giant does seem well-aware that in these days of Snowden surveillance revelations, people might not be too keen for Facebook to take control of their smartphone’s mic and start listening in on them by default. It’s only rolling out the feature in the U.S. and a product PR person emphasized repeatedly that no recording is being stored, only “code.”
  • Google receives 12, 000 requests to be forgotten from Europeans on day 1


Web/Social media developments


  • The top ten posts from COMPASS about sharing your science
  • The art and science of data-driven journalism – report by Alex Howard with 14 findings, recommendations and predictions, including:
    • Better tools will emerge that democratise data  skills
    • More journalists will need to study social sciences and statistics
    • Collaborate with libraries and universities as archives, hosts and educators



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