1. What is WikiLeaks?

    I think it is interesting that with the diplomatic cable leaks we’ve seen more venom from those who were ambivalent, and more ambivalence from those who were supportive. (My own ambivalence increased with the release of the diplomatic gossip.) I think this speaks to a change of scale common …

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  2. What Technology Wants

    One might think the title of Kevin Kelly’s new book, What Technology Wants, is meant to be provocative except that he means it literally. Or nearly so. His technium is the global techno-socio structure, the sustaining network of self reinforcing technological processes, the momentum pushing us toward progress (11-13 …

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  3. Smoother recording on VirtualBox

    For a number of years now I’ve been using NaturallySpeaking speech recognition via a virtualized Windows environment on Ubuntu. Speech recognition gurus will recommend using an external USB sound card so as to avoid any electrical interference common with soundcards within the computer case. This is fine for the …

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  4. Weinberger and BLPs

    A few weeks ago I sat down with David Weinberger, author of Everything Is Miscellaneous, to talk about Wikipedia. When David asked me if concerns about Wikipedia quality persist, I noted that since 2005-2007, when a number of comparative quality studies were published, much of the criticism has moved to …

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  5. Troll-plex: Trolls 2.0

    A convergence of events and reading has me thinking about trolls. First, I recently began reading Bill Eddy’s High Conflict People in Legal Disputes, which I think will be relevant to conflict management (online or otherwise) and trolls. Second, in reviewing the literature on gender dynamics in online community …

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  6. Web exceptionalism: gender

    As part of the fellows program at the Berkman Center this semester is a weekly discussion period that has the theme of Web Exceptionalism, the “belief (or attitude) that the Web is a significant break in the course of history, fundamentally changing institutions, norms, behaviors… It is not always proposed …

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