Monthly Archives: June 2011

How diverse is your social network? How diverse should it be?

Last November, cable TV network USA Network launched a campaign called Characters Unite, designed to call attention to issues surrounding racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in the United States. Like Stephen Colbert, who doesn’t see race, “at USA Network, … Continue reading

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Understanding #amina

On Monday, June 6th, a post appeared on the blog “A Gay Girl in Damascus” announcing that Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, the “girl” in question, had been kidnapped, possibly by Syrian authorities. Bloggers, including my friend and colleague Jillian … Continue reading

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Martin Nowak and the mathematics of cooperation

Mathematical biologist Martin Nowak talks to us about the evolution of cooperation. Cooperation is a puzzle for biologists because it doesn’t make obvious evolutionary sense. In cooperation, the donor pays a cost and the recipient gets a benefit, as measured … Continue reading

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Charlie Nesson and a new vision of the public domain

Charlie Nesson, one of the founders of the Berkman Center, asks us to consider who we are, and what is our public space. The query that informed the early life of the Berkman Center was whether we, on the internet, … Continue reading

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Hubert Burkert – moving beyond the metaphor

Herbert Burkert of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland teaches internet law and heads a center at St. Gallen that parallels the work we do at Berkman. He suggests we consider the space between beauty and cocercion. There’s only … Continue reading

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Data, the city and the public object

Adam Greenfield is the principal designer of Urbanscale, a design firm that focuses on design for networked cities and citizens. He’s interested in the challenge of building spaces that support civic life, public debates, and the use of public space. … Continue reading

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Latanya Sweeney and rethinking transparency

Latanya Sweeney urges us to rethink the challeges of privacy. She’s worked in the space for ten years and tells us that thinking about privacy in terms of the design of public spaces is a helpful and useful conceptual shift. … Continue reading

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Walls and thresholds – physical metaphors at Hyper-public

Urs Gasser, the director of the Berkman Center, opens the Hyper-public conference with a discussion of a privacy ruling in his native Switzerland. Swiss data protection law has led to a ruling regarding Google’s Street View product. To operate in … Continue reading

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links for 2011-06-03

Jonah Lehrer on the Wisdom and Foolishness of Crowds | Head Case – WSJ.com Experiment suggests that wisdom of the crowd can be countered by too much communication within that crowd… possible confirmation of some of Sunstein's concerns in Infotopia … Continue reading

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Reflections on the 2011 Quantified Self conference

I spent the past weekend in Mountain View at the Quantified Self conference, a gathering of about 400 pioneers in the space of personal tracking and citizen science. I was one of the few at the conference, along with a … Continue reading

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