Monthly Archives: March 2010

links for 2010-03-30

NYRblog – Atwood in the Twittersphere – The New York Review of Books Margaret Atwood on Twitter: "like having 33,000 precocious grandchildren!" (tags: twitter books writing culture commentary internet media socialmedia) Your tribe is the new segregation Furthering the Worldwide … Continue reading

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Michael Slaby – learning from Obama for America

Berkman’s lunch speaker today is Michael Slaby, the chief technology strategist for TomorrowVentures. Michael was the CTO for “Obama for America”, which is sometimes described as “the most technologically advanced political campaign in history”. He quickly deflects this prasie – … Continue reading

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links for 2010-03-28

Silicon Valley man infamous to Chinese censors comes forward – San Jose Mercury News My friend Alan Huang finally steps up and takes a bow for the excellent work he's been doing in the censorship circumvention space with Ultrareach. (tags: … Continue reading

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links for 2010-03-24

Vlklingen Journal – In Germany, Xenophobia Diverted by Open Doors – NYTimes.com A Muslim community in western Germany seeks to defuse a row over minarets by opening their doors, doing more community outreach instead of forcing a showdown. Interesting example … Continue reading

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Makmende’s so huge, he can’t fit in Wikipedia

“After platinum, albums go Makmende” “They once made a makmende toilet paper, but there was a problem: It wouldn’t take shit from anybody!!!” “Makmende hangs his clothes on a safaricom line and when they dry he stores them in a … Continue reading

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Internet Freedom: Protect, then project

A few weeks back, I offered a blogpost that was intended to spark some conversation about the idea of Internet Freedom. I’ve gotten a wealth of reactions to that post, laudatory and critical, and I’ve recently been more involved with … Continue reading

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Everybody wants to rule the world

Web Seer is a beautiful illustration of the ways in which search engines are becoming a reflection of our collective unconscious. My friends Fernanda Vigas and Martin Wattenberg took advantage of Google’s “suggested search” feature, which offers common searches when … Continue reading

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links for 2010-03-19

Public Media in Europe: Fair and Balanced? | Open Society Institute Blog Notes on a public media seminar that constrasted Italy's publice media (state sponsored, highly partisan) with the BBC's (somewhat grey and nonpartisan, but fact based) and wonders whether … Continue reading

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links for 2010-03-17

Interview with a scammer Part One | Scam Detectives Fascinating three-part interview where a UK-based scam detective interviews a Nigerian who has served time for his involvement with 419. Consistent with what I've heard talking to West African friends … Continue reading

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links for 2010-03-12

U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful – Pew Research Center Study of attitudes about US's place in the world – interviews with general US public and with Council on Foreign Relations members – shows a growing isolationist … Continue reading

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