Risky Assumptions

1_TOP NEWS

Where’s the Data on Digital Security? 

What don't we know about online security? A lot, Cormac Herley and Elissa Redmiles argue on Scientific American. Researchers with Microsoft Research, they say that none of us—even security experts—have good data on what we ought to be doing to stay safe online. "Despite the prominence of digital security advice, we know remarkably little about its effectiveness," they contend.


2_DESIGN

The Importance of Website Structure

 

Site structure—the way that its content is grouped, interconnected, and presented to visitors—not only establishes the order in which that content is discovered, accessed, interpreted, and used. It also helps determine search ranking. Social Media Today looks at how to structure a small business website so that it ranks well in search results, satisfies users, and is easier, and cheaper, to manage and maintain.


3_CREATIVITY

The Line Between Inspiration and Copying


That great idea for a drawing, animation, video or other design already formed in your head—most likely, it is a combination of everything you’ve ever watched, read, and seen. In this Dribbble post, Darya Jandossova Troncoso explores the art of inspiration and what it actually means to produce original work.


4_SOCIAL MEDIA

A Look at What's Wrong with Social Media


"The Social Dilemma" is a deep dive into the algorithms and business models of the leading tech companies that are shaping human behavior and influencing politics, Fast Company reports. "All of these technology systems are reinforcing different beliefs for people regardless of the truth,” director Jeff Orlowski observes. The New York Times says the movie is "remarkably effective."


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5_TECHNOLOGY

Microsoft Rolls Out a Deepfake Detector 

 

Microsoft has added to the growing number of technologies aimed at spotting synthetic media (aka deepfakes) with the launch of a tool for analyzing videos and still photos to generate a manipulation score, TechCrunch reports. The tool, called Video Authenticator, provides what Microsoft calls “a percentage chance, or confidence score” that the media has been artificially manipulated.


6_TECHNOLOGY

You Could Be Addicted to Your Devices 


For many of us, being attached to the internet and social media is as fundamental as food, writes tech investor Howard Tullman in an Inc. article. Think that you aren't emotionally and psychologically connected to your phone, tablet, computer, and cable/internet hookup? He has devised a simple way to test that assumption.


7_LEARNING

Distance Learning Tips from Khan Academy’s Founder

 

Khan Academy’s Sal Khan, one of distance learning’s early pioneers, shared tips with the Washington Post on how to make the most of remote education. His advice includes this suggestion: Do less, and turn off the camera.


8_WORK

Is ‘Hybrid’ the Future of Work? 


Companies are looking to the post-Covid future. For many, the BBC reports, the vision is a model that combines remote work and office time. 


9_STRATEGY

The Key Thing Digital Leaders Know


Successful digital transformation isn’t just about the technology. It’s about people, tech entrepreneur Warren Knight writes on The Next Web. No matter how sophisticated the tech is, if the user experience isn’t right, the investment will be money wasted. 


10_SAY WHAT?

Mega-Megapixels

 

A SUV-sized camera will soon sit atop a Chilean mountain ridge and take photos of galaxies, Vice reports. An array of sensors designed to collect images of far-away galaxies has taken photos of objects on Earth that are 3,200 megapixels, the highest resolution ever. The array soon will be integrated into a camera and sent to Chile, where it will collect images of 20 billion galaxies over the next decade.