Monthly Archives: May 2010

Explaining Erlinder?

On Friday, American lawyer and law professor Peter Erlinder was arrested in Rwanda. His alleged crime is “genocide denial”, one of a set of offenses prosecutable in Rwanda under the 2008 “Law Relating to the Punishment of the Crime of … Continue reading

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The Partisan Internet and the Wider World

Is the internet making us more partisan? This is one of the most persistent debates in the study of cyberspace. Cass Sunstein, legal scholar, author and now Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, wrote … Continue reading

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Democrats, Republicans and Appropriators

I had the good fortune to catch a small part of a conference at Harvard yesterday on text analysis. Good fortune, because I was there long enough to hear Justin Grimmer‘s talk on his dissertation, Measuring Reputation Outside Congress. Grimmer … Continue reading

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links for 2010-05-19

BTS | December 2009 Airline Traffic Data: System Traffic Down 0.6 Percent from December 2008 Data on international, domestic air traffic in the US – 7 times as many domestic flights on US carriers than international… I would have expected … Continue reading

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Miriam Meckel – Iran, Robert Mackey and information brokers

Dr. Miriam Meckel is a fellow at the Berkman Center this year, and is Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. Her lunch talk at Berkman Tuesday looked at the changing … Continue reading

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Global Voices: Love and money

I’m just back from the Global Voices summit in Santiago, Chile. My headache hasn’t quite receded from the 970ml beers at 777 Alameda, but I had two flights and a long drive home to start processing the lessons of four … Continue reading

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Elliot Maxwell on the implications of openness

Elliot Maxwell, a fellow of the communications program at Johns Hoplins University, focuses his Berkman lunch talk on the impact of openness on wider issues of responsiveness of systems and processes. He suggests that we can think of openness as … Continue reading

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How big is Internet Freedom?

Rebecca MacKinnon and I led a conversation at the Global Voices public summit on the topic of “Internet Freedom”. I raised the idea that term “internet freedom” is so broad that it can end up being meaningless. Rebecca’s offered the … Continue reading

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Inaugural Breaking Borders Awards at GV 2010 Summit

To close the first day at the Global Voices 2010 summit, Bob Boorstin from Google and Ivan Sigal of Global Voices announce the Breaking Borders award. We’re inaugurating the award this year, which offers $10,000 grants to projects and individuals … Continue reading

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ROFLCon: From Weird to Wide

An audio version of danah and my keynote is now available for download online. I recommend a background of lolcats – preferably multilingual ones – as you listen. I gave a dozen public talks last month, and it’s possible that … Continue reading

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