Morning Toolbox – October 10, 2012 – Privacy, TV News

Morning Toolbox is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

I forgot this from last month – the Internet Archive has created an ambitious new archive of ALL the TV news since 2009! Could be an interesting research tool for skeptics, for instance to estimate the amount of TV coverage of different topics.  Read on for more tools for today…

The Online Journalism blog has “5 Principles of Data Management” that could be applicable to data-driven skepticism as well.

Another top 5 list: do you follow the 5 Smart Principles for Smartphone Owners? I think number 3 particularly should apply to skeptics.

At my TAM2012 workshop on crowdsourcing we talked about leaving Foursquare tips to create location-based skepticism. Those tips are now visible in the Bing social sidebar as well.

At the same workshop we also talked about crowdsourcing captioning and transcripts for online video and audio. A new FCC rule just went into effect that requires captions for previously broadcast material that is posted online. YouTube has added a special complaint form to report broadcasters that haven’t adhered to this. Let’s make sure all the good science-based content is captioned.

It’s always better to use encryption online, for both privacy and security. But many web sites will default to unencrypted http connections. The EFF has updated their HTTPS Everywhere browser plugin, which automatically switches to the more secure option for you even if the site doesn’t. It now supports 1,500 more sites in both Chrome and Firefox.

Lots of coverage for that Privacy Fix plugin I mentioned yesterday, but ArsTechnica points out a feature I missed – it estimates how much money Facebook and Google are making from you.  I plan to talk about this a bit on Virtual Skeptics tonight, will you be joining us for the live webcast?

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