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To the Best of Our Knowledge: TMI? | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: TMI?

Information overload, anyone? Not necessarily, say web watchers. As all that digital information becomes richer, more visual and more usefully linked, maybe we'll end up with a little more knowledge.
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Publisher's Summary

In this hour, David Weinberger from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society says in this digital age, knowledge lies in the links between data and info. That's why he thinks the web is a more accurate reflection of human knowledge than print media could ever be. He talks with Steve Paulson about information overload, filter failure, and a new age of expertise.

Next, Steve Paulson works in a rabbit's warren of books. Producer Sara Nics sat down with him to talk about his hunger for knowledge, and the relationship between ideas, information and data.

Then, David Seigel says the answer to questions about how to safeguard our personal data online is simple... put all of your information online. But put it in one place, and give businesses, doctors, schools, employers and others selective access to it. And most importantly, rather than giving out our personal data to dozens of websites, we should keep it all in "personal data lockers."

After that, Aleph Molinari says the 70 percent of the global population who do not have access to digital technology are not being empowered to be educated, global citizens. In attempt to overcome the digital and knowledge divides in Mexico, he founded Fundacion Proacceso. He tells Anne Strainchamps, through education centers in cities around the country, they're helping people get plugged in to the web-y world.

Following that, from connecting cries for help and first responders following the earthquake in Haiti, to election monitoring in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ushahidi is helping people use simple cell phones to share information - even if they don't have a web connection.

Finally, David McCandless used to be a regular journalist. Until he was sketching out how to tell a story and realised that his drawing illustrated the story better than any text article could. Since then, he's been working as a data journalist, making beautiful sense out of enormous data sets. [Broadcast Date: January 18, 2013]

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