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Olivia Russell

Olivia Russell

Remarkably gifted, knowledgeable and resourceful Market Research Analyst with over eight years experience in collecting and analyzing data to evaluate existing and potential product and service markets; identifying and monitoring competitors and researching market conditions and changes in the industry that may affect sales. I have done masters in marketing from Australian Institute of Business.

Friday, 05 August 2016 05:13

Google and the Department of Justice

Google, the world's leading search engine, has been unfairly subpoenaed by the Department of Justice, as part of a lawsuit to which it is not a party.

Federal prosecutors have asked Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL to turn over logs showing search terms entered by search engine users, and a list of websites indexed by the portals' search engines.

Google has refused the Department of Justice's demand for this data, which the government wants for an upcoming lawsuit concerning the 1998 Child Online Protection Act. Two years ago the US Supreme Court issued an injunction preventing enforcement of the Act. The DoJ wants that injunction reversed; the ACLU has filed suit to prevent any such reversal. The trial date is set for June 12th,2006.

Federal prosecutors are not asking for any specific information that concerns privacy advocates, or for any personal or private information about Google's users, but Google asks why it should share its data, and how it became a party to this lawsuit in the first place. In this writer's opinion, Federal prosecutors are clearly overreaching in subpoenaing Google for this information.

The defendant in the COPA case - - the government - - would like to use the million website addresses to simulate the World Wide Web to test the effectiveness of some of the filtering programs it is developing. Leaving aside Google's motives in refusing to deliver this information, the question is, should governments defend their cases by using their might to lean on third party businesses and private entities? And if companies do not comply with such requests, should governments invoke their subpoena powers?

Territorial Rights Management (TRM) and Digital Rights Management (DRM) are some of the technologies that, when coupled with encryption, security, user authentication and credit card validation, could most certainly address the concerns set forth in the COPA law and the reasons for the Court's injunction against its execution.

Similarly, given a little time, technological innovators could invent solutions that do not undermine the First and Fifth Amendments: another reason for courts to keep this law from being enforced until the industry can provide technological tools based on TRM and user authentication that will help parents protect their children from problematic websites and content. Such issues are explored in ABI Research's study Conditional Access & Digital Rights Management, which forms part of the Digital Media Distribution and Management Research Service.


Google is launching Slides Q&A today, a new feature for Slides, its PowerPoint competitor. With Slides Q&A, presenters can get questions and general feedback from their audience — and audience members can vote for their favorite questions.


Slides Q&A is rolling out globally today. Presenters who want to use it will see a button in the Slides presenter view to kick off a Q&A session; on mobile, this feature will be behind the “audience tools” button. After that, a link to the custom Q&A for this presentation will appear above the presentation.


Google says it recently tested the new feature during a presentation by Google Science Fair winner Shree Bose at its New York office. Her talk in front of 200 middle-school students generated 170 questions.

While this was probably not your typical audience, I can definitely see how this feature could make more efficient the Q&A session after a presentation, especially at events where you can assume that everybody in the audience has access to a smartphone or laptop. Not everybody wants to walk up to a microphone and ask a question in front of a huge audience, after all (and the people who do are often a bit too happy to be in front of that audience…).


Other tools like Social Q&A or text-message voting services like Poll Everywhere can also bring similar Q&A features to any presentation, but these solutions are often a bit pricey and aren’t quite as well-integrated into a tool like Slides.


If all of this looks familiar, by the way, it may be because Google once offered a tool called Moderator. Before it shut down in July 2015, Moderator offered a similar crowdsourced Q&A service, though with a focus on gathering questions ahead of major events.


Source: http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/04/google-launches-slides-qa-to-help-presenters-connect-with-their-audiences/

Saturday, 20 June 2015 21:08


For most people, Internet research involves little more than putting a search query into Google and hitting return. But for others, such a basic search just won't cut it. Perhaps you are writing a doctoral dissertation and need to carry out in-depth research on your topic, or maybe you're researching an article for a newspaper. Whatever your reasons, there are plenty of tools to help you get the most out of your online research. Have a question? Get an answer from online tech support now!


1. Get your browser ready for research. If you're going to be wading through hundreds of webpages, it's essential that you get organized at the beginning. Some useful Firefox extensions are designed specifically for researchers. Zotero is a free add-on that works something like an advanced bookmarking tool. You can organize links into files, annotate them and share them with other users. Diigo is another free add-on that allows you to annotate individual pages, handy for long documents when you can't remember exactly why you bookmarked a page.

2. Install reference management software on your computer. At the end of a lengthy assignment, you might have more than 100 references, so install a program like Endnote to take the hard work out of keeping your references in order.

Use advanced search engine queries. Google has a whole range of optional search parameters that you can use to refine your results, such as page language, file type and usage rights. Consider using an application like Fefoo which lets you quickly conduct searches across multiple search engines, and has an array of search operators to improve your results.

4. Visit sites that may not be indexed by the search engines, but which host highly specialized data such as the Library of Congress, BioMedCentral, Project Gutenberg and the U.S. Government Manual. See the Resources section for links to more sites like this.

5. Share and exchange your research results using online collaboration applications. Sites like Glasscubes and Colaab are packed with real-time features that make sharing large tracts of information fast and easy. 

Written by: John Phillips


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