Libelous Autocomplete

Google’s Autocomplete Gone Awry, Caroline Winter, Business Week (Sept 14)

Google’s autocomplete comes under fire for perpetuating bad – even libelous – information about individuals. The suggestions are based on actual searches, but should Google screen for them?

“Google the name of Germany’s former first lady, Bettina Wulff, and the first autocomplete terms that pop up are “escort,” “prostituierte,” and “rotlicht.” The last two terms, as you may have guessed, are German for “prostitute” and “red light.”

Understandably upset by these results, Wulff is suing the search giant, saying its autocomplete function perpetuates rumors that she once worked as a lady of the night.”

Digital Curation Tools

Selecting a Digital Curation Tool, David Kelly, Learning Solutions (Dec 3)

There are many curation tools on the web now available to those – such as librarians and researchers – can use to build or share resources.

“Digital curation is a growing need for anyone who routinely uses the Internet, and is especially important for workplace learning professionals, since our job is to help people work better. Part of that task is finding the best resources available that workers can use to support learning and bringing those resources to their attention.”

This article describes criteria for selecting a tool, names a few (favours –, Storify, and Pearltree) – and points to a comparison chart of curation platforms.