Monthly Archives: June 2010

July, at a mean velocity of about 300mph

I don’t know how you handle stressful times, but I make lists. When I’ve got a particularly busy period in my life, I open a text document, list where I’m going to be each day, the logistics involved with getting … Continue reading

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links for 2010-06-23

What Happened to Hole-in-the-Wall? What happened to Hole-in-the-Wall, a widely discussed ICT for development project that appeared to indicate that children would learn to use computers in sophisticated ways without intervention from adults? Followup research on two sites found the … Continue reading

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links for 2010-06-22

Streetsy: Recent Activity Street art photo blog (tags: art graffiti street nyc tourism travel) Weekend in New York: Street Art – To the Trained Eye, Museum Pieces Lurk Everywhere – Travel – New York Times Wooster Art Collective and Streetsy … Continue reading

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Nancy Baym: Pop music and social exchange

Nancy Baym, communications professor at the University of Kansas, is a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research in Cambridge this summer… which means we’re lucky enough to have her speaking at the Berkman Center today on her work on social exchange … Continue reading

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links for 2010-06-18

American vs. Chinese Manufacturing: Which Is Stronger? : NPR Interesting snippet comparing American and Chinese manufacturing – a focus on flexibility, quality in the US versus heavy compartmentalization, rising quality in China (tags: us china manufacturing production economics comparison) Dissertation … Continue reading

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Save the Galvao – the World Cup and good natured global taunting

It’s a bit of a cliché to say that Americans don’t understand football, and especially don’t understand the importance of international tournaments like the World Cup. But sometimes we literally don’t understand what’s going on. As I write this post, … Continue reading

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links for 2010-06-11

Pilgrimages | Pilgrimages In honor of the World Cup, prominent African authors make pilgrimages across the continent to give a contemporary, multifaceted portrait of Africa. (tags: africa storytelling worldcup blogging literature xenophilia) YouTube's Bandwidth Bill Is Zero. Welcome to the … Continue reading

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Who to support? Algorithms for World Cup 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts on Friday, which means that football fans across the world have a difficult task this week: determining who to support. At first glance, this doesn’t seem to be a difficult task – contrarians aside, … Continue reading

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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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