Friday, February 28, 2014

Keeping up with the Euros...
In a landslide vote (534 to 49), the European Parliament has passed a Resolution on drones, targeted killings, and fully autonomous weapons.
Stay tuned for a post from one of the leading experts on the topic, Anthony Dworkin. Many readers will be familiar with Dworkin’s influential policy paper, Drones and Targeted Killing: Defining a European Position (2013).
In the meantime, here are highlights of some of the most significant parts of the Resolution (with my emphasis added):
1. Obligations for Post-Strike Investigations and Transparency:
2. Geographic Restrictions on Targeted Killings:
3. Action Items on a European Position:

The World Map of Internet Censorship

Not the Internet, the Web. Many of us were long time Internet users by 1989.
Pew – The Web at 25 in the U.S.
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 27, 2014
“This report is the first part of a sustained effort through 2014 by the Pew Research Center to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Lee wrote a paper on March 12, 1989 proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web. He eventually released the code for his system—for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over a network of computers called the internet—a system that linked computers and that had been around for years. The Web became especially appealing after Web browsers were perfected in the early 1990s to facilitate graphical displays of pages on those linked computers.”

This might amuse my students.
You Can Build Your Own Search Engine
Earlier this week I received an email from someone who had found the custom video search engine that I built last summer. The person who emailed me asked how I did it. There's not much to it other than following a few steps at As you can see in the directions embedded below, you don't need any coding skills in order to build your own search engine.

It must be much longer than a New York minute.
An Internet Minute Infographic

Something to calm the savage beasts... (One example)
Ten Google Easter Eggs You Missed Somehow
Play Atari Breakout In Your Browser
Go to Google Image Search and search for Atari Breakout, the classic arcade game. You’ll see the thumbnailed results pop up as usual. But wait for a few seconds and boom! You are now playing Breakout in your browser, with the thumbnails acting as bricks.

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