The fundamental concept of privacy has changed dramatically as more individuals have shifted most of their data to online platforms. There are however a wide range of personal, professional, corporate and legal issues that present significant barriers to the goal of maintaining privacy on the internet. Online privacy is not a right or even a choice when you use email, browsers and search engines, social media, ecommerce sites, online subscriptions…the list goes on and on. Trying to achieve even a modicum of online privacy now involves the use of multiple applications and services, specific software and hardware, time, due diligence, and flexibility – as the challenges continue to evolve. This pathfinder by Marcus P. Zillman will assist in your efforts to secure additional privacy when using email, conducting research, while on social media, completing online learning programs, transferring health records, shopping online, and with many other online services and system with which you interact daily. Even if you only choose to start using several applications or services that Zillman has referenced, this will establish a foundation on which you can build and execute a more effective privacy and security plan. Think about starting with choosing a new browser, search engine and email provider, and move forward from there. This is a journey, and it will take time, but it is worth the effort.
Data mining and knowledge discovery is a quickly evolving field that is part of the portfolio of CI, BI and KM professionals, law librarians, research analysts, infopros, data scientists, data journalists and students in college and graduate programs. This expansive bibliography by Marcus P. Zillman comprises a wealth of information, resources, tools, techniques and applications, as well as links to many open datasets. The subject matter includes data mining, data scrapping, data aggregation, big data and big analytics. The resources include: ebooks and glossaries, research papers, video tutorials and online training, APIs, open source web data extraction tools, datasets, bibliographies, case studies, scientific and academic papers and substantive articles, as well as training and certifications on data mining, and open source code.
The pandemic and long COVID health issues have created heightened awareness and a growing need for factual online health information. This guide by Marcus P. Zillman identifies sources providing access to vetted health related research, tools for tracking and monitoring emerging issues and treatments, expert analysis, search engines and bots, and alternative and complementary therapies.
Accurate and actionable data on the economy is critical to many aspects of our research and scholarship. This guide by research expert Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with links to information on a range of sources focused on new economy data and analysis from the public and private sectors, as well as scholarly work, news, government information, reports and alerts. Many of these sources should find a place in your customized research toolkit. The sites recommended in this guide are all free to use, and they are published by advocacy, government, corporate, academic, international financial groups and research experts. Many of the sites are updated on a regular basis, so it is recommended that you use RSS feeds or alerts to remain abreast of changes.
The implementation and maintenance of reliable applications in all sectors to secure and protect against cybercrime and security breaches is increasingly important as we move toward a return to an onsite work posture. This comprehensive guide by Marcus P. Zillman identifies a wide swath of privacy resources from which you can choose to apply to secure online and mobile activities in personal, academic, government or corporate environments. It includes best practices resources as well as online privacy applications, tools and strategies including: email, search and browsing, mobile phone calls, and enterprise wide data security.
Librarians, researchers, journalists, teachers and students are continually confronted with what can be described as a kind of information miasma when using online sites, databases, resources, images and social media. No sector or discipline is immune to misinformation, disinformation, hoaxes, lack of data quality, and biased research. This guide by Marcus Zillman highlights actionable resources to evaluate and identify online malfeasance, as well as sources to verify information and data quality that is critical to our professions. These two efforts often intersect, and require vigilance and continuing education respective to effectively confronting the challenges they present.
This guide by Marcus Zillman identifies a wide range of free and fee based resources from which to choose to conduct people searches as well as brand and company reputation research, for business or personal reasons. It is important to note that the largest and most prominent data aggregators resell their content to other sites. In addition, data on free and some fee based sites may not be cleansed and can include inaccuracies that range from minor to critical. Also, many sites offer free search but charge a fee to review the results. It is therefore advisable to use multiple sources in your research and compare and contrast results before pursuing the use of these data.
Technology has significantly changed our concept of privacy as well as our ability to maintain it. The are a wide spectrum of tools, services and strategies available to assist you in the effort to maintain a sliding scale of privacy in an increasingly porous, insecure online environment. Whether you are browsing the internet, using email or SMS, encrypting data on PCs or mobile phones, trying to choose the best VPN, or working to secure your online services from cybercrime, hacking or surveillance, Marcus Zillman has identified a wide range of sources for you to consider. The foundational issue regarding privacy is that you must be proactive, diligent and persistent in evaluating and using multiple applications for email, search, file transfer, and social media. There is no “one size fits all” solution, and your vigilance and willingness to remain flexible in applying effective solutions are part of an ongoing process.
Marcus Zillman’s new guide provides a wealth of information to enhance your efforts in conducting expert research on a wide range of subject matters. The guide is also another reminder that Google should not be your go-to subject search engine by demonstrating how choosing to use reliable topic specific sources can deliver greater scope, breath and depth of information for your analysis and reporting. These sites include metasearch, semantic and Deep Web search, with many sources offering advanced search functionality, unique and comprehensive data sets and repositories, dashboards and tools from around the world, all of which are updated and curated effectively and consistently. These sources represent the work of academic, government, consortium, firms and industry.
Articles, studies, reports and investigations abound on how AI is impacting all aspects of our lives in areas that include our privacy, our social media usage, healthcare, the economy, the financial system, education, communications, law, the courts and technology. This timely, broad overview of resources, sites and applications by Marcus P. Zillman spans subject matter and disciplines as well as the many permutations of the technologies that drive artificial intelligence.