Query News — Testing Queries for Algorthims & Algorithmic Search Results Research

This is one of my own projects. Here’s a short introduction:

I came up with a new idea: What if we distribute the research among a large community of researchers? And I came up with an idea for distributed data-sharing and exchange for exchanging information about SQU (Standard Questions & Utilities) analysis … in the hope of discovering how biased different utilities present information for researchers to analyze if they want to use such shared data for their research. This is all in a very old-fashioned approach to science: scientists share and discuss information openly much like today some software is developed by developers without any type or form of security or secrecy within proprietary organizational structures (such software is usually referred to as “open source” software).


Feel free to participate in any way you choose! 😀

Frances Haugen, online educator

Keywords: news , activism, activist, algorithm, algorithmic, algorithms, education, educator, Facebook, Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, platform, platforms, profile, whistleblower

The new U.K. and E.U. laws have the potential to force Facebook and its competitors to open up their algorithms to public scrutiny, and face large fines if they fail to address problematic impacts of their platforms.

Time Magazine, quoted in “While some have described the Facebook whistle-blower as an activist, Haugen says she sees herself as an educator

Roll over October — Revolution in the Air

No, this isn’t about Thunderclap Newman….

It’s about a guy named Cristian Mihai … who offers really high quality blogging advice for bloggers (who else? 😉 ) … which, basically, IMHO, is just about anyone who uses the Internet with access to adequate writing tools (e.g. a keyboard).

The featured image above appears in one of his latest contributions, which I have reviewed over at Contextual News — see “Because they’re the most popular blogs within a particular niche, their communities effectively act as a support system for anyone who’s just now getting acquainted with a particular topic“. Cristian maintains many blogs (much like I do, too). I guess one good place to start off is cristianmihai.net.

Literacy is an important skill — and Cristian contributes a great deal to understanding how to read and write on the World-Wide Web. I welcome his participation in our collective creation of hypertext … and I would be honored to have him participate in helping to build more professionalism along with the Zita PRO community! 😀

August of Fresh Airs among cool breezes and warm summer winds

I’ve been meaning to write an article about something like “the business ethics of online communications” for at least a month now — and what’s been preventing me is (I think) that my views on the topic are strange enough to be basically incomprehensible … unless I go into such detail that it could hardly pass as a blog post and require a significant investment on the part of readers (think: “short story” or even “novella”).

Anna Lundberg recently engaged with me on her blog — and this type of “open communication” is actually very much what I am talking about. I have come up with a new term — “publicacy”– which is supposed to be somewhat a counterpart for writers + publishers to what the term “literacy” means to readers (or rather, the way the term “literacy” is commonly understood to refer to readers more than being applied to writers or publishers).

There is an element of another term — “communicative competence” — involved. Beyond the interpersonal direct communication norms of “meatspace”, in “cyberspace” we are all collaborating towards building a communal text… and so the engagement Anna practices with me is a required element of publicacy: to monitor and discuss, beyond simply clicking the button to “publish”. This engagement is the opposite of “moving on”, “forgetting about”, or in a more extreme view of being unattentive or even ignorant.

Please do go and check out Anna’s post (“How to build your personal brand on social media“) + our collaboration to “work it out”.

I highly recommend paying attention to Anna, and I hereby gladly extend an open invitation for her to join and participate in the Zita.PRO community! 😀

Just Another Declaration of the Independence (of Cyberspace)

We don’t need no special treatment (from the likes of so-called “social media” companies).

We can connect with others directly.

A few more examples of people willing to build connections:


I have already linked to these three people who are publishing content on their own blogs on some of my other blogs — see “I largely prefer being made to feel different for being black instead of for being disabled – but neither are pleasant“, “I want your articles, blogs, newsletter, eBooks, books, and social media posts to attract more attention than ever before” and “When you expand your definition of “wealth” and start to become aware of the things that really make you feel good, you develop the awareness of what changes you need to make in order to ensure you are getting those things“.

Cara describes quite well the kinds of connections she wants to make (build, change, … “get those things”). Both Sarah and Simone actually connected with me (and both are also excellent communicators [IMHO] ).

All 3 are more than welcome to join, connect, build, etc. with the Zita project!

How do you like that? 1 blog post, 3 open invitations! 😀