Monthly Archives: December 2011

Exploring the Chinese internet with WeiboScope

Scholars of social media spend a lot of time studying Twitter. Twitter’s not the largest social network in the world – Facebook has at least twice as many users – but it’s massive and influential, particularly in the world of … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs and bloggers, Media | 8 Comments

Usury, the Sioux and the race car driver

It’s a few days after Christmas, and if you overextended yourself in buying gifts for your family and friends, you may be thinking about options to tide you over until the next payday. For years, payday lenders have offered short … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Human Rights, Media | 1 Comment

SOPA and our 2010 Circumvention Study

Daniel Castro of The Information Technology & Innovation Fund recently published a paper supporting the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) currently being debated in congress. In that report, he claims that research performed by us supports the domain name system … Continue reading

Posted in Berkman, Human Rights | 4 Comments

My new quest – replacing QR codes with tartan

Center for Civic Media meetings start with an icebreaker question: you introduce yourself, and tell us whether you prefer pirates or ninjas, homemade or canned cranberry sauce. You offer your favorite protest chant or tell us what percent (“I am … Continue reading

Posted in CFCM, Just for fun | 10 Comments

John Kelly, Morningside Analytics on the fact checking ecosystem

John Kelly, chief scientist of Morningside Analytics, makes pretty diagrams that feature multicolored dots. The pretty dots frequently tell complicated and subtle stories about the spread of ideas in online media spheres, particularly the blogosphere. (Tragically, I don’t have Kelly’s … Continue reading

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Lucas Graves on the rise of fact checking

Lucas Graves, a doctoral student at Columbia and a research fellow at the New America Foundation, frames a discussion on fact checking by offering a detailed landscape of the fact checking movement. (That discussion is under Chatham House rules, but … Continue reading

Posted in Media | 9 Comments

Book review: Improvisational economies and a globalized building

Robert Neuwirth is bringing new insights to familiar (for him, unfamiliar for most of us) territory in his book, “Stealth of Nations“. His previous work, “Shadow Cities” was a plea to take squatter cities and informal settlements seriously, rather than … Continue reading

Posted in Developing world, ideas | 2 Comments

Welcoming (?) Al-Shabaab to Twitter

Somedays it seems that everyone has joined Twitter. And then a new account comes along and raises interesting questions about what the service is for and how it should be used. Welcome to Twitter, Harakat Al-Shabaab Al Mujahideen Press Office, … Continue reading

Posted in ideas, Media | 6 Comments

An open thank you letter to Global Voices, on International Volunteer Day

Today is International Volunteer Day, a celebration of the millions of people around the world who give their time, energy and wisdom to projects and causes they care about. Volunteers feed the hungry, care for the sick, comfort the grieving. … Continue reading

Posted in Global Voices, Human Rights | 2 Comments