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Ring's partnership with police departments is a growing concern. Working with over 1,300 police departments across the USA, this partnership allows the police to make requests for footage to every resident with a camera. If an owner refuses, the police department can go straight to Amazon, circumventing the camera's owner.
Amazon also encourages police departments to tell residents to install the Ring app and purchase cameras. This makes those who are supposed to be impartial - salesman. This threatens the long-term trust between the public and the police.
Misinformation online is a huge issue. It's such a massive issue that The New York Times has been exploring several solutions to address it. One particular solution they experimented with, The News Provenance Project, utilised blockchain technology.
The prototype was a private network of news organisations and a simulated social media platform that shared ownership of a database and a ledger. The news organisations that were part of the system could make changes to specific data. The ledger ensured that there was a transparent record of the changes.
I don't use Facebook, TikTok or many of the other social media sites. I prefer to get involved in digital campfires, a term coined in The Era of Antisocial, by HBR.
As many continue to share their most private moments online, many others are embracing a world of privacy. Privacy often conjures an image of sitting alone. I feel it's more about having a level of control over your online presence. Using social media and similar tools as just that - tools, not things which control our thought process.
It's hard to pinpoint when privacy became a luxury. But one thing is certain, there is a growing privacy divide - those who can afford privacy and those who can't.
The internet, as we know it, runs on TCP/IP, a technology invented in 1974 by Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf (a current Google employee). Though it was the scientist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who created the World Wide Web in 1989 while working at CERN.
After the adoption of the World Wide Web, pages were still being shared and linked to within special-interest newsgroups. Some users began creating web pages that collated the URLs shared in newsgroups, into directories. One of the most well-known directories was DMOZ, established in 1998 by two engineers at Sun Microsystems. DMOZ was acquired by Netscape later that year. A year later DMOZ had over a million URLs listed, and it peaked at over five million URLs, before closing in 2017.
A quiz on search engines will tell you that Archie, built-in 1987 at McGill University, was the first search engine, which is technically correct. Though, it's Aliweb, launched in 1993, which is widely considered to be the first web search engine.
In 1996, a system called RankDex was created and patented by Li (co-founder of Baidu). It ranked the importance of web pages in a search result. RankDex is the basis of every search engine's ranking algorithm today, predating Google's PageRank.
Google came relatively late to the search engine party, launching at the end of 1997. Larry Page addressed the issue of SEO with PageRank, which not only looked at how many backlinks a page had, but how vital those linking pages were.
DuckDuckGo was launched at the start of 2008 by Gabriel Weinberg. Over the next few years, DuckDuckGo attracted a cult following of privacy-concerned users. It now answers 1.8~ billion searches a month and has a 1.24%~ US market share.
If you're like me and many others, search engines play a crucial part in your digital life. Yet, many of us are oblivious to their origins. This fantastic piece helps to fill that knowledge gap. It distils the history of the web search engine - a worthy read.
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