Monthly Archives: April 2008

How to study surveillance

Chris Conley leads one of the most difficult research projects we’ve undertaken at the Berkman Center – the surveillance study of the Open Net Initiative. Over the past five years, the good folks at ONI have gotten very smart about … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-29

Sierra Leone: Bio Diesel Wonderful post about making biodiesel from palm kernels in Sierra Leone. Via Afrigadget, Emeka Okafor (tags: africa sierraleone energy green innovation) Gin, Television, and Social Surplus – Here Comes Everybody Clay gets snippy with a TV … Continue reading

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Homophily, serendipity, xenophilia

There’s been a small but fascinating blog conversation going on surrounding the term “homophily”. Journalism and media critic Amy Gahran encountered the term in an interview I and Solana Larsen gave with Chris Lydon of Radio Open Source and explored … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-25

Technology Review: Una Laptop por Ni‽o Extremely useful review of OLPC deployment in Peru by David Talbot. It’s both enthusiastic about the ambitions of the Peru effort and fair about the challenges OLPC has suffered so far. (tags: olpc peru … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-24

Tryangulation: homophily self exam An excellent post on “homophily self exams” by a Texan educator based in Ankara. Very cool to see people exploring the homophily/serendipity concept (tags: communication homophily psychology xenophilia blogging education linguistics guatemala) Zimbabaloola in Zimbabwe – … Continue reading

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Zimbabweans on next steps in the electoral crisis

As the post-election crisis lurches on in Zimbabwe, the question on everyone’s mind is “What next?” The ZANU-PF government briefly signalled an interest in a “transitional government of national unity” – headed by President Mugabe, of course, but involving opposition … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-23

Meskel Square: Things that make you go huh? Andrew Heavens reviews a celebrity campaign to call attention to Darfur and declares “What we have here is a clear case of cultural disconnect.” (tags: africa darfur celebrity fame attention) Matt Damon … Continue reading

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links for 2008-04-22 – Breaking Out of the Echo Chamber Amy Gahran kindly riffs on some of my writings about overcoming homophily. Almost makes me want to dig into research on homophily and serendipity again… :-) (tags: culture socialmedia xenophilia serendipity homophily) … Continue reading

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Why did the chicken cross the road? It was running from the minister of health…

Wonder why the Zimbabwe government suddenly finds itself needing 3 million rounds of AK-47 ammunition? The health minister needs to reload. Chris McGreal, reporting for the Guardian, begins his story with this paragraph: ZIMBABWE’S Health Minister armed himself with a … Continue reading

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Bolivian Voices

The good news about Global Voices? We do a pretty good job of giving you access to voices you might not otherwise hear from, translating and featuring bloggers from almost two hundred nations. The bad news? Not everyone has a … Continue reading

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