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Tech as a boost for development

Tech as a boost for development | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
 

Moore's Law also applies to global development. From futuristic wireless networks for rural Africa to tracking water well drilling
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The too-smart city - The Boston Globe

The too-smart city - The Boston Globe | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The smart city has become a buzzword in urban planning and university engineering departments, and a topic of breathless coverage in science and business magazines.
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Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia

Revenge, ego and the corruption of Wikipedia | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The unmasking of a writer who took extraordinary advantage of online anonymity to pursue old vendettas
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#Ratings: How Twitter data could drive viewing figures

#Ratings: How Twitter data could drive viewing figures | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Have you started to notice the bottom of your TV screen being intermittently invaded by a twitter hashtag? What purpose does it serve? How is it affecting the way we watch?
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Twitter and TV...

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Limping al-Qaida offshoot rearms with Twitter

Associated Press historical news archive articles dating back to 1985
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The al-Qaida affiliate — known for its kidnapping raids in Mali and deadly attacks in its home base in Algeria — has had little trouble finding an audience. In its first two weeks on Twitter, it drew more than 5,000 followers, including some journalists and scholars.

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New regulations in China ban journalists from quoting foreign media

New regulations in China ban journalists from quoting foreign media | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
On the day Chinese journalists woke up to news that the New York Times won a Pulitzer for its report on former Premier Wen Jiabao's family fortune, China's media regulator issued new regulations banning reports on foreign media...
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Racing With The Machines - Forbes

Racing With The Machines - Forbes | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
While we cling to our soon-to-be-antiquated skills, the future of economic value will not reside in work as we now know it (much of which will be automated), but in our ability to connect with communities of people to share our purpose and create...
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It is a matter of historical fact that Steve Jobs created the iPod and the method in which he did so is well documented.  What is not much discussed is why he ever wanted to.

The answer is simple (and also very well documented).  Steve Jobs loved music and wanted to make a device for others who loved it too.  He didn’t hire consultants or commission market research, (in fact, he famously eschewed them), nor did he analyze the technical specifications of existing products.  He just thought MP3 players were “sucky” and that annoyed him.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg launches political group

Facebook's Zuckerberg launches political group | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley leaders have formally launched a political group aimed at revamping immigration policy, boosting education and encouraging investment in scientific research.
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Last year, Zuckerberg donated 18 million Facebook shares, worth close to $500 million at the time, to a Silicon Valley charity with the aim of funding health and education issues. And he pledged $100 million in Facebook stock to Newark, N.J., public schools in 2010, before his company went public in May 2012.

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Twitter and the Social Unconscious: how tweets and blogs go far beyond the individual

Twitter and the Social Unconscious: how tweets and blogs go far beyond the individual | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
What does twitter tell us about our social unconscious? Studies are just beginning to scratch the surface of the meaning behind the cacophony of noise we humans put online, but what might be the meaning behind this collective activity?

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luiy's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:37 AM

The coolest I’ve found yet (thanks to David Patman) has been the We Feel Fine project defined as “an exploration of human emotion, in six movements. This project searches weblogs across the world for words associated with the statements “I feel” and “I am feeling” and records the feeling associated with that statement”. To quote from their website:

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel about right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentines’ Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

There is a stunning graphic in which you can see, in real time, groupings and clusterings of feelings as they occur. Interestingly, you can filter your searches by feeling, gender, age, weather, location or date, and then view your search in a variety of visually interesting ways.

When I looked at it at 8:55 on Tuesday morning the 3rd of July I could see that in Britain the dominant feeling was “better” (circa 130,000 people) followed by “bad” (93,000 then) “good” (77,000). By clicking on individual nodes, you can even gain access to the original text. By doing this, you can get a great deal of detail about the context, as well as the feeling tone. The creators Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar should be highly commended for this work.

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The alligator and the marshmallow: Faith in "Technology"...

The alligator and the marshmallow: Faith in "Technology"... | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
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It starts with our dogged pursuit to deconstruct and trash anything that is faith in orientation. If there has been one massive casualty in our internet-fuelled information deluge it has been any sort of human-oriented faith.

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Against Tim O'Reilly and the Silicon Valley ideology, A violent text by Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler

Against Tim O'Reilly and the Silicon Valley ideology, A violent text by Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
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A left-leaning violent attack of Evgeny Morozov against Tim O'Reilly and the  Silicon Valley ideology

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Open questions about open data

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The open data movement could lead to a new era of community-led democratisation, but who will profit the most, asks Tom Slee
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Openness in itself is not a virtue...(may be just a "basic"?)

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luiy's curator insight, March 26, 2013 3:50 PM

Will the open data movement be a force for community-led democratisation or for a new wave of algorithm-driven corporate giants? There are worrying signs of the latter.

 

A recent white paper from CapGemini on unlocking economic value by opening up government and public data highlights Silicon Valley real-estate advertising company Zillow to show the economic benefits of open data. Built on open tax data, county records and home-for-sale listings, Zillow launched a free service last October, listing homes going through the foreclosure process – and also potentially exposing the owners' financial troubles to neighbours and employers. Is this reckless profiteering the democratisation we are looking for?

 

There is no doubt that more government data can usefully come out from Whitehall and local town halls, but we should not to be swept away by the appealing language of openness.

 

There is room for a number of models when providing access, including non-commercial licences, closed partnerships between cities and citizen groups, and the use of non-standard formats for sharing that reflect the quirks of individual cities. Each of these breaks the idea of "openness" in one way or another, but we should be prepared to do so.

 

Openness itself is not a virtue, and it's time the debate moved beyond it.

Filipe MS Bento's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:23 PM

Linked Open Data (data placed in context by interconnecting several sources, data interlinked so to become more useful) and Open Data (raw data from research, census, public data, etc.): one word makes all the difference.

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How to Self-Publish Your Book | Mediashift | PBS

How to Self-Publish Your Book | Mediashift | PBS | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
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Deyanira Sequeira's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:44 PM

leí un avance en Kindle y pareciera ser una lista de vendedores de software o servicios, no vi nada libre

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Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends.
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L’humanité administrée par la technologie : le dernier livre d'Eric Sadin (Radio)

L’humanité administrée par la technologie : le dernier livre d'Eric Sadin (Radio) | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
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Executive Order -- Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information | The White House

Executive Order -- Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information | The White House | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
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La Sociedad de la Ignorancia y otros ensayos.


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La Sociedad de la Ignorancia y otros ensayos. #Ebook 

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The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution

The Dark Side of the Digital Revolution | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen, fresh from a visit to North Korea in January, on why the Internet is far from an unalloyed good to the citizens of dictatorships around the world.
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Blowing up Morozov's "To Save Everything, Click Here"

Blowing up Morozov's "To Save Everything, Click Here" | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Tim Wu has written an admirably economical and restrained review of Evgeny Morozov's new book, "To Save Everything, Click Here." I wrote a long critique of Morozov's first book in 2011, and back then, I found myself unable to restrain myself from ...
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“To Save Everything, Click Here” is rife with such bullying and unfair attacks that seem mainly designed to build Morozov’s particular brand of trollism

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Book review: ‘To Save Everything, Click Here’ by Evgeny Morozov - The Washington Post

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A negative critique of Evgeny Morozov's last book

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U.S. embassy learns a hard lesson about Twitter

U.S. embassy learns a hard lesson about Twitter | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
In the age of social media, old and new diplomacy clashed over Bassem Youssef, says Cynthia Schneider.
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In our brave new world, where governments and citizens alike are held up to scrutiny of 24/7 media and social media, and where private-sector television shows can wield more influence than governments, walking the walk as well as talking the talk has never been more important.

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Fake Twitter Followers Becomes Multimillion-Dollar Business

Fake Twitter Followers Becomes Multimillion-Dollar Business | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Far from slowing, the market for fake Twitter followers seems to be taking off. Despite efforts by Twitter to check for fake accounts, the underground market is becoming more sophisticated.
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Fake followers are typically sold in batches of one thousand to one million accounts. The average price for 1,000 fake followers is $18, according to one study by Barracuda Labs. Mr. Stroppa and Mr. De Micheli said some sellers bragged that they made $2 and $30 per fake account. A conservative estimate, they said, was that fake Twitter followers offered potential for a $40 million to $360 million business.

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The Hidden Biases in Big Data

The Hidden Biases in Big Data | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Blindly trusting it can lead you to the wrong conclusions.
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This looks to be the year that we reach peak big data hype. From wildly popular big data conferences to columns in major newspapers, the business and science worlds are focused on how large datasets can give insight on previously intractable challenges. The hype becomes problematic when it leads to what I call "data fundamentalism," the notion that correlation always indicates causation, and that massive data sets and predictive analytics always reflect objective truth. Former Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson embraced this idea in his comment, "with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves." But can big data really deliver on that promise? Can numbers actually speak for themselves?

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Truth, Lies, and 'Doxxing': The Real Moral of the Gawker/Reddit Story | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

Truth, Lies, and 'Doxxing': The Real Moral of the Gawker/Reddit Story | Wired Opinion | Wired.com | Digital Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Photo: dave lewis 88 / Flickr Sitting U.S. President Ford was visiting San Francisco in 1975 when a woman attempted to shoot him. A former marine named
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As the Gawker/Reddit story was unfolding, another seemingly disconnected case was playing out. In a town outside of Vancouver, a young woman named Amanda Todd committed suicide a few weeks after posting a harrowing YouTube video describing an anonymous stalker she felt ruined her life. The amorphous hacktivist collective known as “Anonymous” decided to make a spectacle of the situation by publishing personally identifiable information on – “doxxing” – Todd’s stalker. They identified a 32-year-old man, enabling outraged people to harass him. Yet it appears they got the wrong person. Earlier this week, Canadian police reported that Todd’s stalker was someone else: reportedly a 19-year-old.

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luiy's curator insight, March 30, 2013 7:21 AM
The ‘Koan’: Technology as Tool and Technology as Weapon

By enabling the rapid flow of information, technology offers us a unique tool to publicly out people or collectively tar and feather them. Well-meaning people may hope to spread their messages far and wide using Twitter or Facebook, but the fast-spreading messages tend to be sexual, horrific, or humiliating.

 

Gossip is social currency. And in a networked world, trafficking in gossip is far easier than ever before.

 

When someone’s been wronged – or the opportunity arises to use someone to make a statement – it is relatively easy to leverage social media to incite the hive mind to draw attention to an individual. The same tactic that trolls use to target people is the same tactic that people use to out trolls.

More often than not, those who use these tools do so when they feel they’re on the right side of justice. They’re either shining a spotlight to make a point or to shame someone into what they perceive to be socially acceptable behavior. But each act of outing has consequences for the people being outed, even if we do not like them or what they’ve done.

 

This raises serious moral and ethical concerns: In a networked society, who among us gets to decide where the moral boundaries lie? This isn’t an easy question and it’s at the root of how we, as a society, conceptualize justice.

Governance and the construction of a society is not a fact of life; it’s a public project that we must continuously make and remake. Networked technologies are going to increasingly put pressure on our regulatory structures as conflicting social values crash into one another. In order to benefit from innovation, we must also suffer the destabilizing aspects of new technology.

Yet … that destabilization and suffering allow us, as a society, to interrogate our collective commitments. The hard moral conundrums are just beginning.