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The Cute Cat Theory Talk at ETech

I’d forgotten just how much fun ETech is. Not only are the talks some of the most creative and innovative you can hear in the tech community, the room full of people is one of the most congenial, smart and … Continue reading

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Cute Cat Theory at ETech

I’m speaking at this year’s O’Reilly ETech conference, which takes place in San Diego, CA from March 3-6th. Tragically, I’m there only for the day I’m speaking – the 4th – and then heading to New York to attend a … Continue reading

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Cute Cat Theory: The China Corollary

Michael Anti gave a provocative talk at the Berkman Center last week, arguing that Web 2.0 in China has seen its “golden age” end, and that Chinese activists are now using Web 1.0 tools like email and chat rooms to … Continue reading

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Myanmar, no longer closed, still complicated

It’s hard to explain just how much Myanmar has changed. It’s at least as hard to know whether to believe in all the changes Myanmar has made. Thankfully, there are few truly despotic societies in the world, but Myanmar was … Continue reading

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Cute Cats to the Rescue? Participatory Media and Political Expression

Some years back, I gave a talk at O’Reilly’s ETech conference that urged the audience to spend less time thinking up clever ways dissidents could blog secretly from inside repressive regimes and more time thinking about the importance of ordinary … Continue reading

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China’s complicated internet culture

The Chinese internet is lots more complicated than you think. That’s the core message of Rebecca MacKinnon’s talk at the Berkman Center on the Chinese internet, deliberative government and internet filtering. Most of the models we have for understanding the … Continue reading

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It’s cute. It’s orange. It’s got bunny ears. An update on the One Laptop Per Child project

Last Friday, I visited with my friends Walter Bender and Jim Gettys at the new headquarters of the One Laptop per Child Project – the past few days have been so busy that I’m just getting the chance to write … Continue reading

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Greatest Hits

Here’s a selection of some of the most popular posts I’ve made in the last ten years, as well as some posts I’m especially fond of. 2013: Cute Cats to the Rescue? – my “Cute Cat Theory” paper Beyond the … Continue reading

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The Free Syrian Army deploys kittens, the ultimate Internet PR weapon

FSA Kittens is a tumblr blog dedicated to celebrating the kittens fighting to overcome the Assad regime in Syria. The dozen or so posts range from the documentary to the deeply whimsical: This FSA kitten, Yasmeen, is on sniper-duty. Yasmeen’s … 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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