Monthly Archives: May 2009

Mr. McLaughlin goes to Washington

I gave a talk in Washington DC a few weeks ago, and had a strange realization – with a change of political administration, I know a whole lot more folks than I used to in my nation’s capital. Two old … Continue reading

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links for 2009-05-30

Wikipedia bans Church of Scientology %u2022 The Register The Register's take on the Wikipedia ArbCom scientology decision, which treats a set of IPs as open proxies (tags: internet wikipedia community wiki religion scientology controversy theregister) Why Wikipedia was wrong to … Continue reading

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CIRC09 – Mapping, Circumventing, Translating, Sharing

I’ve written in the past about my friend and colleague John Kelly’s excellent work visualising connections in different blogospheres. His best known research is on the Persian-language blogosphere, where his analysis of linking behavior showed clusters around liberal and conservative … Continue reading

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CIRC09 – Censorship and surveillance on the Chinese Internet

Liao Hang Teng of the Oxford Internet Institute is interested in ways that Chinese internet authorities are mediating between chaos and control. He introduces us to two terms – zhi and luan 亂. Zhi means “order, governance, control or cure”, … Continue reading

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links for 2009-05-27

What An African Woman Thinks: The Dialogue on Development: Heart, Mind, Hand "it’s not the heart that is in the wrong place, it is the hand that is responding in the wrong way." Rombo reflects on criticizing proponents of African … Continue reading

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CIRC09 – The Global Network Initiative

(I’m at the 7th China Internet Research Conference at the Annenberg School of Communications. Information on participating is here.) The second session at the China Internet Research conference is a roundtable on the Global Network Initiative, an association of academic … Continue reading

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2009 Chinese Internet Research Conference

I’m at the 2009 Chinese Internet Research Conference at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. My colleague Hal Roberts and I are presenting some of our research on circumvention tools this afternoon, and I’m enjoying the … Continue reading

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The Natsu Basho – the good, the bad and the cosmopolitan

It’s the third sumo tournament of the year, the Natsu Basho, held at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, and 13 days into the contest, the good and bad of contemporary sumo are on display. The good: both Yokozuna – Asashoryu and … Continue reading

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links for 2009-05-22

Data.gov Nifty datasets from the US government. Time to start mashing up that data, I suppose. (tags: politics data web2.0 visualization statistics openaccess transparency database government resource) IEEE Spectrum: The Million Dollar Programming Prize Interesting insights into the Netflix challenge … Continue reading

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Sriracha Caramels

High on the New York Times’s list of most emailed stories is a feature on Sriracha sauce, the rooster-labeled, green-topped, hot, sweet and transcendent condiment that, in my book, signifies good things to come when I see it on a … Continue reading

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