1. Geeks, Nerds, and Hackers

    The terms "geek," "nerd," and "hacker" arise frequently in my work and settling upon a common understanding of these words is a challenge: each has varied meanings and they are sometimes used interchangeably. However, I try to use them distinctly. A hacker uses significant technical proficiencies to explore and build …

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  2. 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 in …

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  3. 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). Yes …

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  4. Meeting protocols

    Given my interest in collaboration, I often enjoy hearing people's stories about their workplace. My friend Ann was telling me about a clever colleague who is concerned about making the best use of meeting time. Much like the Dave Chapelle comedy skit in which he has an Oscar award-like "wrap …

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  5. A Google Group Gripe

    In the past few months I have received invitations to join varied Google Groups. While they are no doubt easy to set up, the (ironic) thing these groups had in common was a focus on free culture (e.g., FOSS and Wikipedia). However, I have not been able to learn …

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  6. Bugs and Discourse

    Since beginning my work at NYU the majority of my focus, obviously, has been on Wikipedia. However, some research I began almost 4 years ago has finally been published as: Joseph Reagle. Bug tracking systems as Public Spheres. Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, 11(1), 2007. URL http://scholar …

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