Reducing Information Pollution
At first ‘glance,’ this clock is disguised as an analog timekeeper—but the connected device is capable of far greater feats, sending users push notifications throughout the day such as meeting reminders, fitness tracking, UBER alerts, traffic calculations, Google Calendar events from your mailbox, weather updates, high priority occasions and so forth. The face of the Glance Clock springs to life with colorful visuals when presenting a notification, and it can even sync with smart home products such as Amazon’s Alexa.
Imagine you are Dean for a Day. What is one actionable change you would implement to enhance the college experience on campus?
I have asked students this question for years. The answers can be eye-opening. A few years ago, the responses began to move away from “tweak the history course” or “change the ways labs are structured.” A different commentary, about learning to live wisely, has emerged.
What works for some may not work for you, so be sure to try different things. With methods from digital marketers to large business owners, these tips offer unique insight. What we take from that is a great deal of awesome ideas to make our time management better.
Review of the book “The slow professor” by Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber.
In their new book, The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy – fittingly, with a snail on the cover – Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber apply the principles of the “slow” movement to academia. Proudly proclaiming themselves “slow professors,” the authors offer insights on how to manage teaching, research and collegiality in an era when more professors feel “beleaguered, managed, frantic, stressed and demoralized” as they juggle the increasingly complex expectations of students, the administration, colleagues – and themselves.
On the battlefield, shoddy intelligence means innocent people die. To make its intelligence analysts more effective, the Canadian government is experimenting on them by treating these highly trained personnel like animals.
No, really, intelligence analysts aren’t so different from wild animals, and that’s actually the point. Like hungry little foxes, they go scrounging around different nooks and crannies, except they’re hunting in various databases for satellite images, not a tasty critter to eat. This is called “information foraging,” a theory that originated at the storied Palo Alto Research Center, where much of modern computing was born, in the early 1990s.
The UA has created a Center for Digital Society and Data Studies to address some of the major challenges and disciplinary divides that data have introduced.
With the digital age emerging at an increasingly fast speed, issues with digitizing technology, data capabilities and social media technologies are now being addressed with a new center. Catherine Brooks, director for the center, said the UA is already doing this sort of work. “The School of Information at the university is already an interdisciplinary place where thinkers, programmers and scientists explore and address today’s big questions and problems relative to information, analytic tools and today’s societal issues,” Brooks said.
Phyllis Moen, a sociologist who was widowed when her two children were young, has made a career studying the challenges of working full time while raising a family. She was an early voice calling for the government to provide paid maternity leave and offer benefits for part-time workers, but eventually, when she saw no signs of progress, she began considering instead the ways that corporations could reconfigure work to address the realities of the modern employee, who was more likely than ever to be a single parent or part of a dual-income couple.
It’s the night before a major assignment is due and you sit down to post an announcement in your online course. You want to remind your students of the impending due date, and oh yes, there’s a great webinar offered by the career center coming up on Tuesday. That reminds you, there’s also that article about the history of Wikipedia that you want to share with them too. Come to think of it, now’s as good a time as any to discuss the lack of analysis you noticed in their discussion board posts last week. As you write about their discussions, you also decide to include one last link to a citation website you hope will help them improve in this area.
Information is a valuable asset for businesses as it helps them make well-informed decisions. Fantastic! Data is being generated at an unprecedented rate and organisations are hording it like there’s no tomorrow, creating mammoth data sets we call big data. But is big data really helping these companies or is it just complicating the decision-making process? We find out.
Threat intelligence is considered by many to now be an essential component in a firm’s arsenal when fighting cyber crime, allowing them to use data to make better decisions in tackling threats. It brings together data of known and previous threats, to identify if an organisation is being exposed to one.
There is a growing concern in the industry, however, that cyber security analysts are being inundated with too much data, resulting in too many false positives being generated and devaluing the power of threat intelligence.