Monthly Archives: November 2004

What Does Wikipedia Want to Be?

Robert McHenry, former Editor in Chief of Encyclopedia Britannica recently posted an insightful critique of Wikipedia. Titled “The Faith Based Encyclopedia”, McHenry offers a general critique of the model behind Wikipedia, and a case study of a flawed Wikipedia entry, … Continue reading

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Great Pop!Tech talks at ITConversations

ITConversations, one of the most interesting sources of podcasts and other fun web audio, just posted the audio from two of my favorite talks at Pop!Tech 2004. Geologist Richard Alley gave a frank and frightening picture of humans ability to … Continue reading

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What does Wikipedia Want to Be?

Robert McHenry, former Editor in Chief of Encyclopedia Britannica recently posted an insightful critique of Wikipedia. Titled “The Faith Based Encyclopedia”, McHenry offers a general critique of the model behind Wikipedia, and a case study of a flawed Wikipedia entry, … Continue reading

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Turmeric, pygmies and piracy

I needed to do a bit of background research for the lecture I’m using to open today’s Digital Democracy class at Harvard. The end result is this (rather long) blog post. (In the unlikely event that you’re a Digital Democracy … Continue reading

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International shipping and the falling dollar

The New York Times has an excellent page one story today about the resurgence of the Port of New York. The world’s busiest container port until 1985, New York fell out of favor as the ports of Los Angeles, Long … Continue reading

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Cote d’Ivoire discussion on MetaFilter

The fine folks over at Metafilter are having an interesting discussion about current events in Cote d’Ivoire. MeFi user “kablam” posted an extremely graphic piece of video, hosted by the Ivoirian Embassy in the US, with the following accompanying text: … Continue reading

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What’s better than electric kora music? FREE electric kora music.

The fine folks behind Calabash Music – one of the best places on the ‘net to legally download world music – have started a “free song a day” weblog, offering a great opportunity to become more knowledgeable about music from … Continue reading

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The Freudian Web

My current favorite tool on the web is Overture’s Keyword Selector Tool. (Many thanks to Ben Edelman and David Pennock for independently introducing me to it and ruining my productivity for the month.) Designed to help purchasers of ad keywords … Continue reading

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Cote d’Ivoire and the Future of Peacekeeping

A month ago, it looked like peace might be around the corner for Cote d’Ivoire. Government soldiers and rebels had stopped shooting at one another, and were playing soccer, refereed by a French peacekeeper: government forces won 5-0, but a … Continue reading

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Foreign Policy magazine discovers blogs, Rebecca Mackinnon

Daniel Drezner and Henry Farrell have written an excellent article, “Web of Influence”, published in the November/December issue of Foreign Policy. (Geoffrey Kirkman pointed me to the article a week or so ago, but it wasn’t obvious where the article … Continue reading

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