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On Search Leadership
From The Noisy Channel

On Search Leadership

As a high-class consultant, I don’t just talk to companies about the technical aspects of search. I also help them them address organizational challenges.For example...

Working Towards a Multilingual and Digitally Inclusive Internet: FY21 Progress and Looking Ahead
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Working Towards a Multilingual and Digitally Inclusive Internet: FY21 Progress and Looking Ahead

By Ajay Data, UASG Chair Since 2015, the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) has been working to make the Internet more inclusive for users around the world...

Harvard Shopping Period, Here We Go Again
From My Biased Coin

Harvard Shopping Period, Here We Go Again

I was looking at today's Harvard Crimson, and noted that Harvard's shopping period looks ready to be vanished again.  Shopping period is that wonderful Harvardsomething...

The Free Advice Club
From The Noisy Channel

The Free Advice Club

The first rule of the Free Advice Club is: you talk about the Free Advice Club! Not like that other club.But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ve had an extremelyMedium...

Learn How You Can Help Build a More Digitally Inclusive Internet
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Learn How You Can Help Build a More Digitally Inclusive Internet

This blog was originally published on icann.org. By Sarmad Hussain, Senior Director, UA and IDN Programs The Universal Acceptance (UA) of all valid domain names...

UASG Adds Spam Filter Testing to Evaluation of Internationalized Email Support Among Global Systems
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

UASG Adds Spam Filter Testing to Evaluation of Internationalized Email Support Among Global Systems

By the Email Address Internationalization (EAI) Working Group The UASG’s most recent evaluation (UASG030A), conducted by Standcore LLC, has expanded testing ofUASG...

Queues with Small Advice
From My Biased Coin

Queues with Small Advice

I have had papers rejected, with comments of the form that the results seem too easy, and are at the level of a homework assignment.  Generally, I think these reviewers...

Using AI to Understand Search Intent
From The Noisy Channel

Using AI to Understand Search Intent

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post advocating the use of AI for query understanding. I argued that holistic query understanding with embeddings and deep learning...

GitHub Pilot Identifies Most Relevant Coding Libraries for the Universal Acceptance of Domain Names and Email Addresses
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

GitHub Pilot Identifies Most Relevant Coding Libraries for the Universal Acceptance of Domain Names and Email Addresses

By Mark W. Datysgeld, Director at Governance Primer, UASG Member  In partnership with the Governance Primer and the Brazilian Association of Software CompaniesGitHub...

Test Your Email Provider’s Support for Digital Inclusivity
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Test Your Email Provider’s Support for Digital Inclusivity

By the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) Do you know if your email provider is digitally inclusive? Can you send email to and receive email from any valid...

Global Internet Leaders Chart a Path Forward to Achieve Universal Acceptance – UA Insights from ICANN71 Prep Week
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Global Internet Leaders Chart a Path Forward to Achieve Universal Acceptance – UA Insights from ICANN71 Prep Week

By the UASG Communications Working Group The Universal Acceptance (UA) Community Update during ICANN71 Prep Week (1-3 June 2021) – which preceded the ICANN Virtual...

The Eternal Quest for Meaning
From The Noisy Channel

The Eternal Quest for Meaning

In 1668, John Wilkins published An Essay Towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language. In it, he proposed a universal language that would represent every...

Supporting a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Internet Through Email Address Internationalization (EAI) – How Coremail and THNIC Made it a Reality
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

Supporting a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Internet Through Email Address Internationalization (EAI) – How Coremail and THNIC Made it a Reality

Since the first online message was sent in 1971, email has evolved to become a mainstay in how we communicate. However, while people around the globe have beenSupporting...

Ranking vs. Relevance
From The Noisy Channel

Ranking vs. Relevance

Most folks who work on search worry about relevance. But it’s surprisingly difficult to find a useful definition of relevance.Defining RelevanceMerriam-Webster ...

Machine Learning for Algorithms Workshop (July 13-14)
From My Biased Coin

Machine Learning for Algorithms Workshop (July 13-14)

We're having an online workshop on "Machine Learning for Algorithms" on July 13-14, with a great group of speakers.  Announcement below, link at https://fodsi.us...

Putting Search Ranking in Perspective
From The Noisy Channel

Putting Search Ranking in Perspective

For feeds and recommendations, ranking is critical. All the inputs are implicit, so machine-learned ranking is the only practical way to optimize engagement.Search...

New Choice
From The Noisy Channel

New Choice

In improv, there’s a fun game called “new choice”. At any point during the improvised scene, the host can call for a “new choice”. The player who last spoke has...

AI for Query Understanding
From The Noisy Channel

AI for Query Understanding

In the past decade, the incredible progress in word embeddings and deep learning has fueled an interest in neural information retrieval. An increasing number of...

WordPress and Its Plugins Support Internationalized Domain Names, but Barriers Remain for Internationalized Email Addresses
From Universal Acceptance Steering Group

WordPress and Its Plugins Support Internationalized Domain Names, but Barriers Remain for Internationalized Email Addresses

By the UASG Measurement Working Group The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) completed a UA-readiness evaluation of the content management system (CMS)WordPress...

Query Understanding
From The Noisy Channel

Query Understanding

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