Monthly Archives: May 2009

links for 2009-05-20

Why Has Globalization Led to Bigger Cities? – Economix Blog – NYTimes.com Interesting post from a Harvard economist, who points out that a flattening world hasn't made cities irrelavent – it's made them more important. "Knowledge moves more quickly at … Continue reading

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links for 2009-05-18

Prototype – Coming Soon to Your Language – More of the Web – NYTimes.com Leslie Berlin's column on social translation, featuring Meedan, TED Open Translation, Global Voices and other efforts to use volunteer efforts to provide online translation. (tags: translation … Continue reading

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New York Times on Social Translation

Leslie Berlin did a great service to proponents of social translation by featuring a range of online translation efforts in her column for today’s New York Times, titled “A Web That Speaks Your Language“. Not only did she give an … Continue reading

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The assassinated lawyer, the arrested Twitterer – corruption, whistleblowing and protest in Guatemala

SI USTED ESTA LEYENDO ESTE MENSAGE ES QUE YO RODRIGO ROSENBERG MARZANO FUI ASESINADO por el Secretario Privado de La Presidencia GUSTAVO ALEJOS Y SU SOCIO GREGORIO VALDEZ, CON LA APROBACION DEL SEÑOR ALVARO COLOM Y DE SANDRA DE COLOM. … Continue reading

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links for 2009-05-14

IIASN9-Albert Winsemius Article in Het Parool about Dutch economist Albert Winsemius and his influence on Singapore (tags: winsemius singapore netherlands holland economics development) Albert Winsemius Dutch economist Albert Winsemius advised the Singapore government for over two decades, unpaid, and is … Continue reading

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TED embraces social translation

My friends at TED have launched an exciting new project today, the TED Open Translation Project. It’s a powerful system to allow the “social translation” of their video content. This tool demonstrates the state of the art in social translation … Continue reading

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David Bollier on the principles of the commons

Drive around Boston in the wintertime and you might see an unusual sight – a shoveled-out parking space occupied by a lawn chair or a garbage can. Move that can or chair and park at your own risk – it’s … Continue reading

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Visualizing swine flu versus tuberculosis

Hans Rosling, the brilliant Swedish statistician and doctor, has been on a tear lately, publishing a lovely series of short videos on Gapminder.org. The videos are short Rosling lectures, centered on data visualization, designed to dismiss your preconceptions regarding important … Continue reading

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Twitter and social graph analysis

One of the best things about being an academic (or even, like me, a psuedo-academic) is how easy it’s become to collaborate with people you don’t know well… or at all. I posted some data a few weeks back about … Continue reading

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links for 2009-05-07

Facebook%u2019s E-mail Censorship is Legally Dubious, Experts Say | Epicenter Facebook blocking links to Pirate Bay-hosted torrents in internal messaging system, i.e., email. Interesting questions of legality, propriety and sensibility – as this Wired article points out, you can prevent … Continue reading

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