Web of Deception: Misinformation on the Internet

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Anne P. Mintz
Information Today, Inc., 2002 - Computers - 275 pages
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As the Internet has become flooded with untrustworthy information, some of which is intentionally misleading or erroneous, this book teaches web surfers how inaccurate data can affect their health, privacy, investments, business decisions, online purchases, and legal affairs. Bringing together the world’s leading information-age observers, analysts, writers, and practitioners, this analysis reveals the Web as fertile ground for deception and misinformation. These experts provide hard-won advice on how to recognize misinformation in its myriad forms and disguises. Included are an array of tips on how to evaluate web sites for quality and bias, checklists for navigating the Internet more effectively, and advice for those who have been duped.
 

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Can't really tell about the accuracy. Example p 14 New Hartford site. She says that it has an academic URL - no it is city-newhartford.us Also that if you check an atlas the town does not exist - wrong.... just do a mapquest/bing/googlemap search - it is in SE Minnesota. As for Mankato - same thing about academic URL... no again.... it is city-mankato.us for this one also.
She also skipped many sites... Burmese Mountain Dog Club... burmesemountaindog.info ... no such dog.
endofthenet.net really the end of the Internet???
Central Park's underground city with Hitler, aliens and Howard Stern.... centralpark-ny.us
I wonder what else is out dated and just plane wrong??
 

Contents

CHAPTER
1
News
7
Fictitious Sites
13
Where to Go for Help
20
CHAPTER 3
51
Sometimes It Is the Technology
57
Web Sleight of Hand
63
Prime Pickings for Bonnie and Clyde
70
Countermeasures
139
Where to Go for Help
146
How to Locate Legal Information on Your Own
154
How to Evaluate WebBased Directories
160
CHAPTER 8
165
The Critical Factor
171
The Danger of Hidden Assumptions
177
Search Engine Assumptions About Searchers
186

CHAPTER 4
75
More Silence Please
81
Mathematics and Privacy Empower
89
References
95
Businesses Give Too
103
How to Report a Possible Charity Scam
109
Consumer and EMail Fraud Rely on Misdirection
113
Whos in Charge?
119
Around the World Wide Web with
125
The Dirty Dozen
132
Is It Bias or Selection?
192
Document Processor
198
CHAPTER 11
209
The Court Is Now in Session
215
Countering a Cybersmear of Your Company
222
References
228
Webliography
235
Contributors
247
Index
253
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Anne P. Mintz has taught online database searching at the Columbia University Graduate School of Library Service. She is currently the director of knowledge management at Forbes Inc. She lives in New York City.

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