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The Never Ending Thesis A Domain of One's Own in a Post-Ownership Society 7 min read Maha Bali has written a blog post asking why we talk about “a domain of one’s own” and “reclaim your domain” since people never really own their domains. They merely rent them, she points out. My understanding of ownership is that something belongs to me. That I have already acquired it or been gifted it. It’s a fair point. The “domain of one’s own” isn’t owned; it’s leased, Maha contends. Increasingly, we work for free for major Internet technology companies, on their platforms. Shared in public, none of this is public in terms of ownership, let’s be clear; this is almost entirely private infrastructure. Nonetheless I don’t think that the Domain of One’s Own initiative is mislabeled, as Maha implies in her post. I want to dig a little deeper into both the etymology of the phrase “domain of one’s own,” the meaning of the words “own” and “ownership,” and the legalities and practicalities of the latter in particular in a digital world. To own is to possess. What do you own?

A gentle introduction to historical data analysis It's surprisingly easy to use tools to explore texts and greatly improve research efficiency and open new research doors. The following techniques are incredibly useful for a small to intermediate amount of text. These techniques do not scale up to handle huge amounts of data, but then again most historians don't work with huge amounts of data. One example is using Voyant to explore a single text or set of texts. Let's say I want to explore the use of poison in the 19th century. First, we need digitized source material that might tell us something. Look for words that might be informative. Hardly a groundbreaking discovery, but it's a quick, targeted approach to making sense of documents on a scale not possible without computer mediation, but without expecting the machine to find interesting patterns on its own.

Webmaker Whitepaper Introduction “[O]ur world changed in April 1993 when the Mosaic 1.0 browser was released to the general public. We need new forms of education. We need to reform our learning institutions, concepts, and modes of assessment for our age. Founded in 1998, Mozilla is a global community of technologists, teachers and makers working together to keep the Internet1 open, accessible and editable. Mozilla helps people develop web literacy: we help them build, not just consume, the technology, media and information that makes up the web. It’s transparent – we can see it and understand it. It presents opportunity to play and innovate. It’s open to everyone and we define it. Knowable: it’s transparent – we can see it and understand it Interoperable: it presents opportunity to play and innovate Ours: it’s open to everyone and we define it The development of Mozilla products relies upon community involvement and contribution. The Problem How Mozilla fights silos On the web browser level through Firefox.

Working openly on the web: a manifesto Three years ago, Jon Udell wrote Seven ways to think like the web. It’s a popular post amongst people who straddle the worlds of education and technology – but hasn’t got the reputation it deserves outside of those circles. That could be because, although a well-structured post, Jon includes some language that’s not used in everyday discourse. It’s perhaps also because he applies it to a specific project he was working on at the time. I’d like to take Jon’s seven points, originally created with a group of people at a conference in 2010, condense them, and try and make them as simple to understand as possible. Services change their privacy settings, close down, and are taken over by megacorps. Also, nobody cares as much about your data as you do. Just as by using a microphone offline we can address a larger group of people than we would be able to with our unamplified voice, so we can address audiences of different scopes in our digital communications. Comments? Kudos

Introducing the Wired Map Lab: Our Quest to Find, Explore, and Make Maps You are here. Welcome! We’re assuming you found your way here because you like maps. This blog has two functions. Second, we want to learn how to make our own maps, and we want you to learn along with us. If our hunch about the number of closet map addicts on the Wired staff is right, we should have no problem enticing our colleagues to contribute to Map Lab and incorporate more maps and mapping into their own work. But the help we really want is yours. We’ll be using a very broad definition of what constitutes a map. Now, let’s get mapping. View Larger Map Go Back to Top.

Woman’s lifelong dream to honour mom on The Price is Right marred by cyberbullying TORONTO — When 30-year-old Shawna High walked onto the set of The Price is Right in Los Angeles earlier this year, she never thought she’d be the subject of international criticism for mistakenly thanking her friends in “Canadia.” But she says that after facing blowback from the media and people around the world online, her critics need to understand the full story. “I arrived that morning super excited, nothing was working in my favour; I was late, parked in a tow zone to run across the boulevard to make the gate,” she said, adding that she then met two Canadian women and chatted with them as they waited in line. “We got to know each other, we talked, I told my story of why I was there and I eventually had everyone surrounding me rooting for me to be a contestant on the show.” Family connection In 1981, High’s mother went on The Price is Right as a contestant and was one dollar away from winning a car in one of the show’s games, called Lucky $even. Canadian support ‘Canadia’ catastrophe

Seven ways to think like the web | Jon Udell Update: For a simpler formulation of the ideas in this essay, see Doug Belshaw’s Working openly on the web: a manifesto. Back in 2000, the patterns, principles, and best practices for building web information systems were mostly anecdotal and folkloric. Roy Fielding’s dissertation on the web’s deep architecture provided a formal definition that we’ve been digesting ever since. Given the web’s hybrid nature, how to can we teach people to make best use of this distributed hypermedia system? Back in October, at the Traction Software users’ conference, I led a discussion on the theme of observable work in which we brainstormed a list of some principles that people apply when they work well together online. 1. In the elmcity context, that means regarding your own website, blog, or online calendar as the authoritative source. Why? To a large and growing extent, your public identity is what the web knows about your ideas, activities, and relationships. Related 2. 3. 4. 5. Too busy to blog? 6.

Making GNU Emacs play well on Microsoft Windows 7 Emacs 24 has been released, hooray! Here’s how you can download and install it on Windows 7. Bonus tip: pin it to your taskbar so that you can open Emacs easily. Step 1. Step 2. If you see a Path variable under User variables, click on it, then click on Edit. On the other hand, if you don’t see a Path variable under User variables, click on New and add it. Step 3. Step 4. Step 5. That’s it.