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Is the Internet good or bad? Yes. 

Is the Internet good or bad? Yes.  | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
It’s time to rethink our nightmares about surveillance.
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Long, fabulous piece by Zeynep Tufekci with equally fabulous photography, soundbites, and stories on the use of big data, personalised marketing and digital illiteracy:

 

"Resistance and surveillance: The design of today’s digital tools makes the two inseparable. And how to think about this is a real challenge...Our understanding of the dangers of surveillance is filtered by our thinking about previous threats to our freedoms. But today’s war is different. We’re in a new kind of environment, one that requires a new kind of understanding".

 

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Skills to navigate the digital world - StrategyWorks

Skills to navigate the digital world - StrategyWorks | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
When it comes to new thinking on digital skills, I think we’re stuck in a moment that we cannot get out of. Last week I ran a keynote as part of Google’s Growth Engine for Europe initiative.  I was meant to talk about digital skills and SMEs.  33 slides and 15 minutes later, I ended …
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A blog post that started as an afterthought of a keynote I ran on digital skills at a Google Growth Engine for Europe event in Malta.  
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'Most Intrusive Surveillance Regime in the West' Isn't Even the U.S., says Edward Snowden

'Most Intrusive Surveillance Regime in the West' Isn't Even the U.S., says Edward Snowden | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Do you want the government knowing how often you watch porn?
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Brad Templeton's short video just about sums up how we we went from Internet empowerment to mass surveillance in a decade.  We now need a new literacy on online surveillance.
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Facebook Wants to Help Sell Every Ad on the Web

Facebook Wants to Help Sell Every Ad on the Web | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Facebook will help marketers show ads to non-Facebook users who visit websites and applications in its Audience Network ad network.
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Facebook decides that 1.65 billion people is too low a target number for potential consumers of advertising pushed via its platform, and wants to go for the full Internet cake.  You can join the dots between big data, information Facebook has 'collected' on its users' tastes and behaviours and the total of 3.17 billion who use the Internet globally - and the marketers paying for a slice of the cake.  Still think you're getting a free lunch?
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The Onlife Manifesto - Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era

The Onlife Manifesto - Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
By Luciano Floridi in Business Ethics and Computer Science. - Result of “the Onlife Initiative,” a one-year project funded by the European Commission to study the deployment of ICTs and its effects on the human condition - Inspires reflection on the

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Cue At Last, Etta James
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 15, 3:54 PM
Le monde du film Matrix est bien plus proche qu'on ne croit. Le livre donne des pistes de réflexion.
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How to Create Your Social Media Strategy

How to Create Your Social Media Strategy | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Create your social media strategy! 7 tips to equip you with the tools and information you need to take advantage of all social media has to offer.
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There are many decent models for developing social media strategies for business.   These days I run workshops to help people develop their own strategies using an accelerated approach I've tried and tested over many years - taking people on a journey that levers on anything from business model canvas and pyramid principle thinking to digital literacies.  This post is quite a decent, practical checklist for someone starting out and not wanting to get blind-sided by quacks preaching pay per click and native advertising as the holy grail of social media strategy.

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It’s not Cyberspace anymore

It’s not Cyberspace anymore | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
It’s been 20 years — 20 years!? — since John Perry Barlow wrote “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” — a ra…
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danah boyd goes to Davos and finds John Perry Barlow's 'Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace' debunked by the toxic cocktail of Silicon Valley stars and the financial services industry.    

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What is Reputation? | Edge.org

What is Reputation? | Edge.org | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it

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Interesting piece on the online commoditisation of reputation.  Particularly since our reputation is now as much dependent on how we behave on social media as to what other people 'do with us' on social media.  Or so would various powers - new and old - want you to believe.  

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"What is interesting about Internet, and especially about the Web, is that Internet is not only an enormous reservoir of information, it is a reputational device. It means that it accumulates tons of evaluations of other people, so the information you get is pre-evaluated. This makes you go much faster. This is an evolutionary heuristic that we have, probably since the birth of the human mind. "

 

Think about that!!!

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Who Really Controls What You See in Your Facebook Feed—and Why They Keep Changing It   

Who Really Controls What You See in Your Facebook Feed—and Why They Keep Changing It    | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action. It scans and collects e
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Pretty decent article if you're still trying to understand why Facebook serves you what it does on your timeline stream.  Blame it on algorithms and flawed human beings. 

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malek's comment, January 19, 6:12 PM
"The limits of my language.." a smart touch on computer algorithms
pdeppisch's comment, January 19, 6:49 PM
LOL - for all of us! :)
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"It fueled the stratospheric rise of billion-dollar companies like Zynga and LivingSocial—only to suck the helium from them a year or two later with a few adjustments to its code, leaving behind empty-pocketed investors and laid-off workers." Says it all, doesn't it?

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Can Donald Trump's social media genius take him all the way to the White House?

Can Donald Trump's social media genius take him all the way to the White House? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
He has millions of followers and likes on Facebook, Twitter, Vine and Instagram. He uses YouTube and Periscope. His polling numbers remain high. Could Trump’s social media strategy really win him the biggest job of all?
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The association of "Trump" with "social media genius" is as disconcerting as it is indicative of the politics of performance and digital media reflexivity in everyday life.  Yes, Trump is made for Vines, 30-second rants, and bald eagle attacks in expensive offices.  The performance is clearly 'organised' - since the days of Joe Trippi we knew that social media could be put to devastating effect for self-branding purposes and digital campaigning.  Of course, Trump is also a Godsend for the remix web and Internet fightback, the inspiration of countless memes and creative online lampooning.  Whether @therealDonaldTrump can lever on a movement of fan culture, xenophobia and Isis-fear all the way to the White House and a US-led Jihad against 'the other' - and the extent to which social media continues to facilitate offline power - that's the stuff to whet academics' lips for months to come.  

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Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit”

Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
In his well-known essay On Bullshit, Harry Frankfurt defines bullshit as speech that is designed to impress but lacks a direct concern for the truth. Under such a definition, a large portion of what we read online today is likely to be bullshit. Some types of bullshit are political in nature, such as the misleading...
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Anyone who has read Howard Rheingold's 'Net Smart' knows that unless we develop crap detection capabilities, we are on the road to nowhere on the online information superhighway.  

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nukem777's curator insight, December 16, 2015 7:16 AM

Thanks Howard, thanks Alex.

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Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise

Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.

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Morozov is always relevant, uncomfortable and and yet compelling reading.  There is much to savour in this long piece, about the swansong of technological determinism.  What's at stake, according to Morozov, is the 'fate of democracy'.  

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Stop saying technology is causing social isolation

Stop saying technology is causing social isolation | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
A group of friends checking their smartphones while hanging out. Almost everyone on the subway with their eyes fixed on their gadget’s…
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Life is never in black and white.  Guess that after the ongoing bashing of technology, fueled by a raft of concerns - about personal privacy, big data management, cyberbullying,dissolution of basic social skills, profiteering of the few at the expense of the many -  an article like this occasionally reminds us that all is not lost with the techologies we used to believe brough freedom and empowerment to our lives.   

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Selfies and the Corrosion of Human Memory

Selfies and the Corrosion of Human Memory | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
In an attempt to be original, to stand out amongst the almost 300 million other selfies on Instagram, we actually fade into the background. We become mundane. Photos are no longer about remembering an event; they’re about displaying. They’re about showing the world who we are, who we wish to be. And it's damaging our ability to remember.
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I start teaching a course on social media strategy today at the University of Malta.  Inevitably, although my students are following management courses, I will steer them towards digital culture territory.  So the selfie, the 'corrosion of human memory', and the uneasy dialectic between technology and culture are about to meet 21 year-olds' own interpretations of their technologies of life.  And hopefully, somehow, my 'teaching' and their 'learning' will eventually morph into the more satisfying process of co-learning.

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How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner

How technology disrupted the truth | Katharine Viner | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism
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A long insightful read on how new technology is being put to (old) hegemonic use.  For the business of power will always incorporate and renegotiate.
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Who killed hyperlink, who killed the web | Hossein Derakhshan | TEDxAlmendraMedieval

After 6 years in prison, Hossein was freed to a world where hyperlinks were not the exchange coin anymore. Instead, a bunch of social networks, ver
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Once you get past the music intro.. there is much to savour in Hassein Derakshan's TEDx talk.  And many painful truths from the man who used to be called Iran's Blogfather, about the Web that we have lost as a result of the rise of Facebook, big data and the capitalist tyranny of the algorithm.   
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Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories

Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Talk of Facebook's anticonservative stance is in the news, but the issue of what news social networks choose to show us is much broader tha
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It's hardly surprising conspiracy theories are rife considering that the 'wealth of networks' has unfortunately become associated with the returns for the platform, as opposed to those whose continent make them hum.  This is an interesting piece on the gradual shift from 'crowd wisdom' to 'viral nonsense' 
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“Will this be on the test?” — The Startup — Medium

"Will this be on the test?" - The Startup - Medium
Rethinking online education
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Seth Godin may have built his reputation on Purple Cows and permission marketing - but he is always very compelling in his arguments for new approaches to education.  I remember him starting up #AltMBA and was in the first forum exploring how technology could enable personal learning networks.  This is an excellent piece.
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Seth Godin may have built his reputation on Purple Cows and permission marketing - but he is always very compelling in his arguments for new approaches to education.  I remember him starting up #AltMBA and was in the first forum exploring how technology could enable personal learning networks.  This is an excellent piece.
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We Are Hopelessly Hooked

We Are Hopelessly Hooked | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
We check our phones 221 times a day—an average of every 4.3 minutes—according to a UK study. This number actually may be too low, since people tend to underestimate their own mobile usage. In a 2015 Gallup survey, 61 percent of people said they checked their phones less frequently than others they knew. Our transformation into device people has happened with unprecedented suddenness.
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When Sherry Turkle wrote "Alone Together" in 2011, there were many who dismissed her warnings on the impact of mobile technology on real-life social interactions.  Five years later, her views are mainstream with many parents and educators even if they cannot articulate them as elegantly as she does.  Yet we all remain hopelessly hooked by our always-on, always with us devices..   

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Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button

Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Chris Cox wants to mess with Facebook’s secret sauce.
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There was once a literate world, when to 'like' something was an activity that could be associated with the innocent, the forthright, the pleasurable. Then along came Facebook and online social life became bi-polar. Now after many years of normal earthlings being faced with the dilemma of having to 'like' personal bereavements, natural and unnatural disasters, mishaps et al, Facebook has decided that its algorithm is ready to face something a tad more granular without any negative impact on its bottom line. So feel free to react to 'Reactions'. One day you may yet yearn for the days when you simply had to 'like'... comment... or just simply swipe your finger to the next inane moment of distraction from whatever you were really supposed to be doing.

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26 Disruptive & Technology Trends 2016 - 2018

Introducing the “26 Disruptive Technology Trends for 2016 – 2018.” In this report, we’ll explore some of the disruptive trends that are affecting pretty much e…
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It's a quick read - Brisan Solis peer round the corner and finds plenty of evidence of lasting disruption in our technologies. of life.

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Iran's blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web

Iran's blogfather: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are killing the web | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Hossein Derakhshan was imprisoned by the regime for his blogging. On his release, he found the internet stripped of its power to change the world and instead serving up a stream of pointless social trivia
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This is one of the most powerful laments for the hyperlink and the hegemonisation of social media that I have ever read.

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Somebody’s Watching You

Somebody’s Watching You | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Privacy is like oxygen: You only notice when it’s gone. After the mass killings in Paris and San Bernardino, it’s likely that laws protecting our privacy will be threatened in the name of providing greater security for Americans. “After Paris, we are going to have a new battle on our hands,” says Dave Maass, of … Continue reading Somebody’s Watching You

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In case you didn't notice.  Snowden was just chipping the surface.  As was Morozov.

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nukem777's curator insight, December 16, 2015 3:05 PM

Coming to a town near you...

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Kewl, thx Alex
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We're less than five years away from computers understanding us perfectly

We're less than five years away from computers understanding us perfectly | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Microsoft Chief Scientist Xuedong Huang talks about the power and potential of speech recognition and of artificial intelligence.

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So I have 5 years within which I have to make complete sense.  And understand everything perfectly.

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The rating game: how Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses

The rating game: how Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Soon, you’ll be able to go to the Olive Garden and order your fettuccine alfredo from a tablet mounted to the table. After paying, you’ll rate the server.

Then you can use that tablet to hail an...
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The young (our kids) have the tools to disrupt what they don't like, and construct a more networked, individualistic version of their lives than we could have ever concocted in our dreams. Yet, of course, there is a price to pay: attention disorder, a chronic deficit of digital literacy (navigating and assessing information online, securing crap detection etc). We live in interesting times. The dialectic of technology and society. Foucault would have loved it.

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What World Are We Building?

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Brilliant talk on social justice and big data as power by danah boyd.  

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