Category Archives: PDF2010

Overcoming apathy through participation? – (not) my talk at Personal Democracy Forum

Micah Sifry, one of the founders of the Personal Democracy Forum conference, asked me to focus my speech at his conference on some of the recent writing I’ve been doing on digital activism and theories of change. Given that provocation, … Continue reading

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Eli Pariser on Filter Bubbles

Eli Pariser offers the idea of a personalized conference. What if we came to an event like Personal Democracy Forum, and sorted ourselves by gender, age, political ideology, hometown. Pretty soon, we’d all be sitting in small rooms, all by … Continue reading

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Visualizing Twitter, understanding voluntary segregation

I’m a total Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Vigas fanboy. I loved their stuff at the Media Lab, at IBM and now at Flowing Media, their new visualization consultancy. Some of their work is “merely” beautiful: Flickr photos of Boston Common, … Continue reading

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Legendary Leakers at PDF2010

Micah Sifry hosts a conversation between two legendary leakers: Daniel Ellsberg, best known for leaking the Pentagon papers, and Julian Assange, the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks, who’s participating from Australia via Skype. Ellsberg begins by mentioning that going into … Continue reading

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