Monthly Archives: January 2012

David Weinberger: Too Big To Know

David Weinberger‘s new book “Too Big To Know” (#2B2K – be sure to pick book titles that make good hash tags…) launched last night at Harvard Law School with a talk entitled “Unsettling Knowledge”. If you know David’s work, it’s … Continue reading

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Beth Kolko: “Hackademia – Leveraging the conflict between expertise and innovation to create disruptive technologies”

Beth Kolko is the sort of academic who follows her muse from one fascinating topic to another. Colin Maclay traces some of her past work from a doctorate in English through research on use of technology in the developing world, … Continue reading

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MIT Media Lab opposes SOPA, PIPA

I’ve been working with friend (and boss) Joi Ito to help the Media Lab put up a statement about our collective opposition to SOPA and PIPA. Joi and I are both posting this piece on our personal blogs, and a … Continue reading

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More notes from Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium

Some notes from day 2 of the Microsoft Research Social Media Symposium: My attempts to transcribe Wael Abbas’s talk about media and protest in Egypt prior to the Arab Spring. Becky Hurwitz has been active in the Occupy movement in … Continue reading

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Wael Abbas on video and social media in Egypt prior to the revolution

Wael Abbas himself to the crowd at Microsoft’s Social Media Symposium saying, “I’m just a blogger.” Yeah, and Clay Shirky, who introduces him, is just some bald dude. Here’s my attempt to transcribe Wael’s talk. I want to talk about … Continue reading

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Some highlights from the Microsoft Research Social Computing Symposium

After weeks of unseasonable temperatures, western MA finally got some snow yesterday morning, just enough to make me miss my train to New York City. So I was late for Microsoft’s Social Computing Symposium at ITP at NYU, missing my … Continue reading

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More thoughts on Occupy Nigeria

A few days back, I wrote a post about the Occupy Nigeria movement. As with many of my posts, my main goal was to research the issue and get a better understanding of what was going on and what I … Continue reading

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Occupy Nigeria – a reactionary occupy movement?

On January 1st, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonthan put into place a reform that he and key ministers have been discussing for years: he ended a 20-year old subsidy that kept Nigeria’s petrol prices the lowest on the continent. When Nigerians … Continue reading

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