Emmanuel Mashandudze

Business Intelligence, Tools and Process Specialist, Witwatersrand University
Johannesburg, South Africa, South Africa

About Emmanuel

Areas of Expertise

Programming Ruby, Programming Java, Programming C/C++, Programming PHP & MySQL

I'm passionate about

Software Engineering
Gaming
Code Dynamics
Technolology
Education

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Educating children and building a future educated generation

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Comments & conversations

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Emmanuel Mashandudze
Posted 11 months ago
Internet being the information highway that it is, how could we make the content we find on it legitimate and genuine facts.
Frank, well congrats on your findings. I am not for a policy that prohibits freedom of expression. Everyone had to find a voice and the internet seems to be the simplest method to make anyone heard. All I am saying is, if its a blog fair enough we all know what to expect so we take everything with a pinch of salt. I am not sure if this logic holds any water in this day and age anymore, if a site ends with .gov, .ac, .com then we can relate to what these belong to and am sure it meant something at some point. If only we could have a way of verifying some of these things that tarnish the whole image of someone or the rest of the country or even a continent. If you have never been to Africa, how do you perceive this continent?
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Emmanuel Mashandudze
Posted 11 months ago
Internet being the information highway that it is, how could we make the content we find on it legitimate and genuine facts.
Frank I agree to some of your points, yes the internet cuts boundaries and is exactly something we need and we cant do without. My argument stems from the fact that you are saying stealing information and selling to NSA, how can we authenticate that from just a regular opinion of someone who is bored and decided to spread gossip. The internet in its entirety is an awesome platform but there is so much of the content we cannot validate and in as much as it could add value some people get away with misleading people. Not just for research, look at fake companies who advertise promote and accept money online for goods that do not exist. If you loose a significant amount of money to a non existent supplier online who you cannot validate and who no one also can validate but have a sound web presence, would you still stand by the statement, 'Police the Internet, Hell no'
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Emmanuel Mashandudze
Posted 11 months ago
Internet being the information highway that it is, how could we make the content we find on it legitimate and genuine facts.
I agree now all the big internet companies are pulling their way. Bias seems to be ruling it all. A normal search for anything now bombs you with ads from all over the show. What can we do when we have no control of the means. If we all had a way of making the search engines search where we want and index the way we want we wouldn't spend half the day hitting the search button. My idea came from data quality and systems thinking, when I look at systems daily it seems there is no single version of truth. In as much as we come with multiple big names, fancy as they may sound, "BIG DATA" etc. Mostly its becoming just a big confusion. The growth of the internet and the volume information it houses, I believe its developing a new trend I would like to name "search paralysis".
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Emmanuel Mashandudze
Posted 11 months ago
Internet being the information highway that it is, how could we make the content we find on it legitimate and genuine facts.
Interesting comments, thanks to you all for your opinions. Of course to validate content one has to have a thorough search and compare from multiple sources. I was looking also at the possibility of including something like meta data on the website that allows users to be able to validate that this site has passed a certain standard. When we right click in the browser and select web page info, then it will be able to show that this is a verified site. Not to be the internet police, but in those places where a national firewall of some sort exists is the access to internet the same with such limitations?
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Emmanuel Mashandudze
Posted 11 months ago
Internet being the information highway that it is, how could we make the content we find on it legitimate and genuine facts.
Keith, I Iike your point on listening to my heart. Only problem is where my heart takes me could be where the most misleading information is residing. I also echo your sentiments on the commercialization of platforms like these, before it was just about getting together and sharing information. Time and winds of change, not forgetting the one with fat wallet tends to dictate what goes even in the information age. I like Wikipedia as a concept too but because I can go and modify and put whatever I want and reference what I captured to my blog, then it becomes credible. Legitimacy that I am referring to, in some instances I am taking about the actual facts. Societies view things differently largely because of the information that the medium around you are giving you. Even search engines now search differently depending on location. If today you do a search on an African country from wherever you are, the highlights are of those things that made the news and news is there to support a business and profit, but is it true?
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Emmanuel Mashandudze
Posted 11 months ago
Internet being the information highway that it is, how could we make the content we find on it legitimate and genuine facts.
Hi Fritzie I agree there can never be accuracy if there is the free information exchange. I just wonder though, with the growth of the maturity of internet which doesn't seem to be anywhere near slowing down, how can we validate information. My concern is more on content for example some news agencies publish content that might not be accurate and could give a completely wrong picture of how people perceive things. For example an article on one of the popular news agencies published an article saying at least 80% of people in South Africa prefer consulting traditional healers. Where can then find accuracy then when well known news companies publish falsified information like this?