Authority and Trust
11 Vocabulary Words
- The term authority is based on trust. It is the trusted, definitive, beyond-question source of some sort of information.
- In the pre-online era (before the Web), we used publication processes for vetting information before it was released.
- What information enters the public realm can be decided by people already considered authorities. They function as gatekeepers, letting through only the information they want to.
- In the computer world, a set of steps you follow to reach a goal is called an algorithm.
- A good example of vetting by algorithm is Google Search. Even though people created the algorithm, there are no expertsinvolved in this process of ranking the results you see.
- Social ranking, or popularity, is an increasingly important way of figuring out what information is most relevant to you.
- Vetting by the crowd has come a long way and is becoming an important way of checking information. Mechanical Turk is a good example crowd-sourcing. It brings together thousands of people who might be just who is needed to solve a problem for you.
- The process by which information is evaluated for accuracy and trustworthiness is called vetting.
- Wikipedia is a wiki, which has come to mean a place where the crowd can collaborate quickly to make Web pages.
- An IP address is a series of numbers that identifies a particular computer. They may or may not be a reliable way to link you to what you do on a computer.
- There are special people called administrators at Wikipedia and in other systems who have rights and abilities above the normal user’s
By now you should be pretty familiar with the vocab words of this module. So, you should be able to use them properly and creatively
- Read over the vocabulary words one more time
- Compose and type in a story that shows you really understand each of the words
- Be creative but be sure what you type shows you understand (not just can type) the words
- Use all the vocabulary words
- Type them exactly as they are typed above (same pluralization, capitalization, tense, etc.)