Collaboration & Social Networks

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CenturyLink extends Canadian reach by opening second Toronto-area data center

CenturyLink is giving its growing Canadian customer base more options for colocation and cloud services by opening its second data center in the greater Toronto area.

Spotlight: No, the folks in Ferguson weren't protesting for net neutrality

 If we let Google News or Facebook act as our single source for how all information is filtered, we're in danger of losing our perspective.

Social media is tearing us apart, says Pew Research

A chilling report on the effects of social media on everyday society reveals that Americans are less willing to be open in public about controversial viewpoints when they are members of Facebook or Twitter.

Spotlight: At last, a rational explanation for why so many social network people are fake

I would have skipped this video after having skimmed through the title alone-"Facebook Fraud"--which on the surface appears to be blatant click-bait. But hear me out on this one.

Spotlight: Has mass media grown too big to cover Ferguson?

In a piece for his Web Informant blog this week, David Strom talks about how citizen-led news sources including Vine and Twitter have enabled more than a little coverage of the goings-on in Ferguson from the inside: from the point of view of someone in the crowd actually talking with citizens and confronting police, as opposed to some "anchor" on the street corner filling time between commercials and justifying his "lower-third" graphics.

Spotlight: Why we swallowed the surveillance-based business model

Ethan Zuckerman is the director of MIT's Center for Civic Media, and the  author of a book called  Rewire, where he makes the case that the very forces that made the Web "free" to begin with have empowered corporate influences to take it over again, thus channeling the flow of ideas into potentially dangerous political silos.

After history's most public interoperability failure, now US Gov't writes a 'Playbook'

Six years into the administration of the man whose campaign poster read "Change", a document is issued that suggests such a thing could actually happen.

Spotlight: For some women, it's not so much a glass ceiling as it is a wall

I trust  Forbes  staff editor Jeff Bercovici at his word that the piece he published for an anonymous writer, who states she's the CIO of a Silicon Valley startup, is legitimate (although he did a poor job at editing the first draft, for which he apologizes).

US Government could save $32.5 B annually by not using report-driven databases

A realistic observation of time spent maintaining outdated data processing policies within federal government agencies concludes enough money could be saved to double NASA's funding.

Facebook security acquisition points to something like a CDN

A small acquisition in the security space lends new evidence to the poorly-kept secret that the parent company of Instagram is building up security for its content delivery... rather, for its "edge network".