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Is The Valley Getting Cannier?
From The Noisy Channel

Is The Valley Getting Cannier?

In 1970, roboticist Masahiro Mori coined the phrase “uncanny valley” (不気味の谷 in the original Japanese) to denote the phenomenon that when a machine seems close-but...

Attention, Expertise, Trust
From The Noisy Channel

Attention, Expertise, Trust

I’m old enough to remember when the web was new, and honest enough to admit that I was a skeptic at the time. Fortunately, I was wrong, and I owe my career to the...

What is Not Search?
From The Noisy Channel

What is Not Search?

When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Search is unquestionably my hammer, so it’s easy for me to frame everything as a search problem. After...

Make Your Systems UA-Ready with Our New Code Samples!
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Make Your Systems UA-Ready with Our New Code Samples!

By Satish Babu, Chair, UA Technology Working Group The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), in partnership with Cofomo Inc., have developed Universal Acceptance...

New UA Local Initiative in Sri Lanka Aims to Accelerate Adoption of Internationalized ccTLDs
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

New UA Local Initiative in Sri Lanka Aims to Accelerate Adoption of Internationalized ccTLDs

By the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Sri Lanka is a densely populated, ethnically diverse island of 21.7 million people, with two official languages...

Let’s Talk About Resume Screening
From The Noisy Channel

Let’s Talk About Resume Screening

With apologies to Bruno, we don’t talk about resume screening. But we should.Resume screening is usually the first step in the hiring process for active candidates...

Testing Reveals Popular Web Hosting Tools are Not UA-Ready
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Testing Reveals Popular Web Hosting Tools are Not UA-Ready

By Nabil Benamar, Chair, UA Measurement Working Group Web hosting tools are critical to managing and maintaining a functional website. They are the building blocks...

Technical Interviewing: Be Better
From The Noisy Channel

Technical Interviewing: Be Better

Technical interviewing is hard, but that’s no excuse for it to be so terrible. Since candidates generally don’t have much leverage to negotiate the interview process...

Query Similarity
From The Noisy Channel

Query Similarity

I started writing about query understanding in 2016, working my way up from low-level concerns like language identification and character normalization to higher...

Information Extraction
From The Noisy Channel

Information Extraction

When we index content for search, it’s natural to think in terms of documents. But searchers aren’t necessarily looking for documents. They’re looking for information...

Content Understanding
From The Noisy Channel

Content Understanding

This publication is a series of posts devoted to content understanding. Each post is self-contained, but there is a natural progression. If you’d like to read them...

ICANN75 Recap: Challenges, Successes, and Looking Ahead to 2023
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

ICANN75 Recap: Challenges, Successes, and Looking Ahead to 2023

By the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) As the ICANN community came together for the last Public Meeting of 2022, the Universal Acceptance SteeringICANN75...

Content Moderation
From The Noisy Channel

Content Moderation

Many platforms, particularly social media sites and ecommerce marketplaces, establish policies to determine what they consider acceptable content. These platforms...

Make Your Systems UA-Ready with the New UA-Readiness Report for FY22
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Make Your Systems UA-Ready with the New UA-Readiness Report for FY22

By Ajay Data, UASG Chair “What gets measured gets managed.” This quote is popular in business settings because it speaks to a widely accepted truth:  if you can...

UASG Publishes FY23 Action Plan; Increases Focus on Technical Communities
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Publishes FY23 Action Plan; Increases Focus on Technical Communities

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has published its annual operating plan for FY23 (July 2022 – June 2023). The FY23 Action Plan provides an overview...

Similarity-Sensitive Diversity
From The Noisy Channel

Similarity-Sensitive Diversity

In my work on search engines and recommender systems, I’ve thought a lot about entropy and diversity. I named my first blog, The Noisy Channel, after a seminalClaude...

Content Quality
From The Noisy Channel

Content Quality

Despite its importance, content quality is hard to define without devolving into circularity. What we mean by content quality is a measure or collection of measures...

Göran Marby Named Honorary UASG Ambassador
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Göran Marby Named Honorary UASG Ambassador

The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is pleased to announce that it has named Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) President and...

Building a More Inclusive Internet for All: A Radix Initiative
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Building a More Inclusive Internet for All: A Radix Initiative

By Aman Masjide, UA Ambassador; Consulting Advisor, Trust and Safety, Radix The ironic fact of the matter remains that there’s rigidity hardcoded into the ever-evolving...

Content Structure
From The Noisy Channel

Content Structure

One of the challenges facing search applications is that users aren’t necessarily searching for documents. To put it another way, the unit of content that a user...
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