- The Intuition Behind the Fisher-Yates Shuffle — this is a simple algorithm to randomize a list of things, but most people are initially puzzled that it is more efficient than a naive shuffling algorithm. This is a nice explanation of the logic behind it.
- Wikipedia and Inherent Open Source Bias — a specific case of what I think of as the Firefly Principle: what happens on the Internet isn’t representative of real life.
- Malaysian Public Sector Open Source Program — the Malaysian government is a heavy and successful user of open source.
- Guardian’s Platform Now Open for Business (GigaOm) — elegant summary breakdown of services from the Guardian: metadata for free, content if you pay, custom APIs and applications if you pay more. I’m interested to see how well this works, given that the newspaper business is struggling to find a business model that values content.
To live and die making "L.A. Noire," unsensible censors, and the top 25 ways to get PWNED
The folks who make video games sound the alarm bells on working conditions, governments try to break the Internet, and MITRE unveils 2011's most dangerous software errors.
Ebay buys Where, the White House wants identity protection, and researchers find interesting data about themselves on the iPhone.
EBay's purchase of a mobile advertising and check-in service adds another piece to its mobile payment puzzle. Also, the White House calls for an online identity ecosystem and two researchers discover caches of location data left unencrypted on their iPhones.
Google's dominance draws attention from governments and courts, and it's time to say goodbye to AllTheWeb
In this edition of Search Notes: Google continues to be a top traffic source, governments and courts want to know more about Google's methods, and AllTheWeb takes a final trip to the great Internet in the sky.
A new Pew survey emphasizes the Internet's importance in civil society.
A new survey released released this week by the Pew Research Center's Internet and Life Project shed new light on the role of the Internet as a platform for collective action. A panel at the State of the Internet Conference discussed the findings, driving home the increasing integration of our online and offline lives.
The U.S. government has a new take on federated identity, storage and social networks.
The U.S. government took three large steps toward sophisticated privacy and identity policies last week. They involve federated identity, storage of personally identifiable information, and the use of social networks. Andy Oram takes an in-depth look at important parts of the new policies.
U.S. agencies can now use social media platforms and other third-party sites.
"President Obama has made it a touchstone of his administration to open government and make it more transparent than it ever has been before," said Michael Fitzpatrick, Associate Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
U.S. intelligence agencies are using an internal wiki for knowledge sharing.
The United States' sixteen intelligence agencies are using an internal wiki, dubbed "Intellipedia," to share information. We take a look at how Intellipedia is helping these agencies work better.
Understanding a Shuffle, Bias, Open Source a Success in Malaysia, and Guardian APIs
The founder of craigslist.org talks about electronic privacy, Facebook, identity and trust online, and how social media can be used in and by government.