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Create more than you consume

Create more than you consume | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
But it’s how you consume that’s vital to creative inspiration
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Some interesting thoughts on mindfulness, online learning and consumption in the age of information overload.

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We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
We're building an artificial intelligence-powered dystopia, one click at a time, says techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci. In an eye-opening talk, she details how the same algorithms companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon use to get you to click on ads are also used to organize your access to political and social information. And the machines aren't even the real threat. What we need to understand is how the powerful might use AI to control us -- and what we can do in response.
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Brilliant talk by Zeynep Tufekci on AI, surveillance, manipulation and authoritarianism. How big data is being used as a persuasion architecture. Whether you are sharing recipes or organising political movements. Fascinating.
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The secret rules of the internet

The secret rules of the internet | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Julie Mora-Blanco remembers the day, in the summer of 2006, when the reality of her new job sunk in. A recent grad of California State University, Chico, Mora-Blanco had majored in art, minore
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A long, important piece that delves into the dilemma of online moderation - but unearths much more.
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2016: the year Facebook became the bad guy

2016: the year Facebook became the bad guy | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
This year has revealed how difficult it is for the social network to ‘make the world more open and connected’ when the decisions it makes can be so divisive
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You can sense people getting tired of the mainstream media stories that apportion blame on social media for fake news.' I know my students now meet this stuff with a shrug. Particularly since President Trump will soon become a reality as opposed to a source of mirth on cable networks . Yet human nature is such that someone 'has to pay' for the next four years or more, and Zuckerberg's had it pretty good till people started pointing fingers. McChesney's solution is pretty much linked to his long-standing position that 'media for the public good' needs to be free of advertising and hence in public hands. Shame about signs of the times, and the vagaries of stock markets, I guess.

More fool those who thought Facebook and the other Silicon four were providing us a free ride.
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What I learned from visualizing Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium

What I learned from visualizing Hillary Clinton’s leaked emails – MIT MEDIA LAB – Medium | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
It all started early last week. Kevin Hu, one of my senior grad students, told me that a friend of him asked if we could use Immersion — an…
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An MIT Media Lab project looking at data sourced from WikiLeaks.  Project team used a tool called Immersion, originally meant to help people visualize and understand the networks they weave through email interactions. The Clinton leaked emails were used as data to operationalise the tool.

For all the three networks (Clinton Email Archive, The Podesta Emails, and the DNC Email Archive), nodes (a.k.a. circles) are people and links (a.k.a. lines) between nodes indicate that two people were on a common e-mail thread. The size of a node shows the number of e-mail threads in which a person participated. The size of a link denotes the number of shared e-mail threads between two people. Each node is algorithmically assigned to a community (a group with a disproportionately large number of links among them), which is shown by node color.

One way of determining if the Clinton email leaks are simply a storm in a teacup. We have not reached a stage where algorithms can suggest that Trump is a credible alternative for US president. 
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How Bitcoin’s Blockchain Could Power an Alternate Internet

How Bitcoin’s Blockchain Could Power an Alternate Internet | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Tricky? Sure. But it would transform the net into a universal “source of truth.”
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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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nukem777's curator insight, March 4, 2016 5:58 AM
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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'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 11, 4:42 PM
"It is very common for humans to develop things with the best of intentions that have unintended, negative consequences" Justin Rosenstein, creator of the 'like' button

Technology (tech + logos) is a thoughtful conversation about, with, and through our tools. If we use any tool without thinking about our choice and use, we risk uniintended consequences.
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ANTH 101 – Anthropology for Everyone

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The wonderful Michael Wesch is launching Anthropology for Everyone. One day, all teaching and learning may be like this. http://sco.lt/...
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A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News – Whither news?

A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News – Whither news? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
We — John Borthwick and Jeff Jarvis — want to offer constructive suggestions for what the platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, WeChat, Apple News, and others — as well as…
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This is probably the most pragmatic article I've read on what social media platforms can do to mitigate the risk of 'fake news'. Since this is what we are trying to deconstruct, since few people who use social media for their stream of 'news' saw Brexit, Trump and the new world order coming. Well worth the 9 minute read.
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Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies

Facebook executives feel the heat of content controversies | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
After Facebook's removal of an iconic Vietnam war photo stirred an international uproar last month, the social network's executives quickly backtracked and cleared its publication.
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Sometimes the problem is the algorithm. Other times, plain human stupidity. Interesting to see Facebook executives back-track for a change. 
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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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nukem777's curator insight, March 4, 2016 6:04 AM
Cue At Last, Etta James
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 15, 2016 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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nukem777's curator insight, January 16, 2016 3:17 AM

"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, 2016 6:12 PM
"The limits of my language.." a smart touch on computer algorithms
pdeppisch's comment, January 19, 2016 6:49 PM
LOL - for all of us! :)
Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, January 20, 2016 12:54 AM

"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?