Digital tools

We come across so much information on the web, it becomes difficult to find them again. As the search algorithms change and many other factors, finding what you once found online, might be next to impossible.

Today I’ll list some of the useful information I found online and sharing on this page:

Are you looking for online surveys? Here is a great article:

That’s What Everyone Says: 5 Free Tools For Effective Online Surveys https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/thats-everyone-says-5-free-tools-effective-online-surveys/

Google forms is a great tool to get information. We use it for our price list. As well as for our client websites, i.e. registration information for summer pool membership. Here is a useful information to use Google forms https://www.howtogeek.com/434570/the-beginners-guide-to-google-forms/

The other four are Typeform, SurveyPlanet, Soorvey and SurveyMonkey. I haven’t tried them yet. Have you used them? If yes, which one(s) do you recommend?

Social Media and censorship of videos

We often find videos we have saved in our collections, somehow get the not available notice!

Here is a way to keep videos that you like in your own hard drive and access anytime you wish:

https://www.savethevideo.com

Do you know of other reliable tools to download videos for personal use?

Technology and Communication

This article explains how those organizers use technology to communicate and reach a larger crowd. This article explains it:

How Google Docs became the social media of the resistance

Facebook and Twitter might have the bells and whistles, but the word processing software’s simplicity and accessibility have made it a winning tool. by Tanya Basuarchive page June 6, 2020

From this article it’s worth taking note of how google docs was used to guide and figure out which news sources were false, misleading and clickbait-y and gives tips for analyzing news sources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10eA5-mCZLSS4MQY5QGb5ewC3VAL6pLkT53V_81ZyitM/preview

Here is yet another source from the article: Google Docs isn’t the only tool that activists are using. Carrd, a platform for building one-page sites, has seen a sharp increase in protest pages like this one.

Noteworthy quote from the article: “… But while Google Docs is easy to use and share, how private is it? Protesters have taken to putting their phones in airplane mode so their data and location can’t be tracked, along with covering up identifying features. Signal, which provides messaging with end-to-end encryption, has been one of the most downloaded apps of the past few weeks. Including sensitive information in a publicly viewable document might feel risky right now.”

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/06/1002546/google-docs-social-media-resistance/

Here is another article worth reading: A teenager’s guide to building the world’s best pandemic and protest trackers https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/12/1002838/avi-schiffmann-17-year-old-guide-building-pandemic-protest-tracker/

Your comments are welcome

Search Engines and extensions

Today in NewsWeek there was an article about Google Chrome search engine and major issues with extensions. What’s your thought about it? We love technology, however it has so many ways some abuse it.

Here is the article that was published today:

Google Chrome Users Targeted in ‘Massive Global Surveillance Campaign’

BY JASON MURDOCK ON 6/18/20

Here is the introduction: “

Google has removed dozens of malicious extensions from its Chrome Web Store after a cybersecurity firm uncovered a “massive global surveillance campaign” that was recently targeting users of the popular internet browser.

The Alphabet-owned search giant told Reuters more than 70 suspicious add-ons were purged from its browser after the issue was raised by Awake Security, a Santa Clara, California-based outfit that uses artificial intelligence to hunt for threats.

Researchers at Awake Security found there had been at least 32,962,951 downloads of “malicious or fake” extensions, more than 100 add-ons total, as of May 2020…”

To read the full article, here is the link https://www.newsweek.com/google-chrome-extensions-global-surveillance-hacking-1511666?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1592478156

Had you downloaded in May any extensions?