Clay Shirky (born 1964) is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He has a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). His courses address, among other things, the interrelated effects of the topology of social networks and technological networks, how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. Education and career Shirky was the first Professor of New Media in the Media Studies department at Hunter College, where he developed the MFA in Integrated Media Arts program. In the Fall of 2010, Shirky was a visiting Morrow Lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Views In his book Here Comes Everybody, Shirky explains how he has long spoken in favor of crowdsourcing and collaborative efforts online. 
Secrecy Is the Key to the Next Phase of Social Networking | Wired DesignSecret co-founders David Byttow and Chrys Bader want to create a more authentic internet. Image: Secret Over the past week, I’ve been getting a steady stream of push notifications alerting me that another one of my friends has joined the new social media app Secret. “Who could it be?” my screen asks each time, which is less an actual question and more an attempt to pique my curiosity. This is, of course, is the whole point of the app. Deep down we all want it, but earnestness on social media is embarrassing. Like Facebook and Twitter, Secret’s declared purpose is to connect people. It’d be easy to call the rash of anonymity-based apps a direct backlash to Facebook, but that isn’t quite right. A Safe Space for Squishy Feelings Authenticity on the web is a slippery idea. But Bader and Byttow like to believe there’s a place for a more authentic web, and they hope Secret will give rise to it. A secret someone in my circle shared. Unintended Uses
ConnaxionsDeb Roy - MIT Media LaboratoryTechdirt.Bowling AloneYou Need To See This 17-Minute Film Set Entirely On A Teen's Computer ScreenThese words are probably unfurling inside one of many open tabs on your computer screen. Perhaps one tab is for work, one is for chatting, and another is for Twitter. You probably even have some others open for no particular reason. The 17-minute, mildly NSFW Noah is unlike anything you've seen before in a movie—only because it is exactly like what many of us see on our computers all the time. From the desktop photo of a young couple posing for the camera, we learn that Noah has a girlfriend. Lending the project authenticity is the filmmakers' attention to detail. Lest you think that watching some couple Skype sounds boring, though, this thing moves at the speed of an ADD-afflicted hummingbird, zooming in on key pieces of information as Noah learns them, before zipping off to follow what he does with the new intel. While the creators of the video figure out the next phase of its distribution, we are temporarily ceasing our stream of the film in this post.
who’s the architectparked in front of my computer, probably tweeting. :) Welcome fellow travelers, visionaries, and agents of change! This is a blog exploring the co-evolution of humanity and our technologies. I started writing here back in 2009 while I was working on my MA in Media Studies at the New School in NYC. My passion has been in watching what is happening at the intersection of technology, communication and culture – how people are using the web and peer-to-peer technology to more effectively self-organize, collaborate, build community, and accelerate social innovation. I feel that we are a global society in transition. New models are being created for open collaboration and open enterprise, for complementary and alternative currencies, for governance, and for spirituality and empowerment. I am scouting the edges of technology and innovation, right where the magic happens. Thanks for joining me on the journey. - Venessa Here are a few projects I’ve been working on: finnish translation Like this:
George SaundersA professor at Syracuse University, Saunders won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004, and second prize in the O. Henry Awards in 1997. His first story collection, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, was a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award. In 2006 Saunders received a MacArthur Fellowship. Early life and education Saunders was born in Amarillo, Texas. Career From 1989 to 1996, Saunders worked as a technical writer and geophysical engineer for Radian International, an environmental engineering firm in Rochester, New York. Saunders's fiction often focuses on the absurdity of consumerism and corporate culture and the role of mass media. The film rights to CivilWarLand in Bad Decline were purchased by Ben Stiller in the late 1990s, and as of 2007, the project was in development by Stiller's company, Red Hour Productions. Saunders has also written a feature-length screenplay based on his story "Sea Oak". Works Fiction Notes
TechdirtTechdirt is a blog that reports on technology trends and related business and economic policy issues, often focusing on copyright and patent reform. The "About" page describes the site as follows: "Started in 1997 by Floor64 founder Mike Masnick and then growing into a group blogging effort, the Techdirt blog uses a proven economic framework to analyze and offer insight into news stories about changes in government policy, technology and legal issues that affect companies ability to innovate and grow." The website Masnick founded in 1997 was originally based on the weblog Slash. References Jump up ^ "Techdirt.com Site Info". External links Official website
The Culture of the InternetI’ve been thinking a lot about Internet culture lately. Or, rather, the culture *of* the Internet. A peculiar chain of events unfolded on Twitter a couple nights ago. I sent my followers a link to a hilarious sendup of Internet comment culture, a music video spoof called “We Didn’t Start the Flamewar.” Then I made the tragic mistake of mentioning, in a subsequent tweet, that that song’s lyrics mentioned something I hadn’t heard of: Rickrolling. My followers’ scorn poured down like rain. Rickrolling (as *everyone* knows, obviously) is an Internet prank where you send a Web link to someone, promising something exciting—but you’ve actually linked to a YouTube video of Rick Astley’s 1987 music video, “Never Gonna Give You Up” ( (Eventually, Astley himself Rickrolled the entire viewership of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade last year, live on TV, as you can see here: So how could I have missed it? But the episode got me thinking about Internet culture.
Cicada 3301: ¿el secreto mejor guardado de Internet?En una larga investigación para el Telegraph, el periodista Chris Bell se sumergió en el fascinante rompecabezas que ha tenido en vilo a los mejores criptógrafos del mundo durante dos años: Cicada 3301. Se trata de una serie de pruebas de codificación y cultura general de un grupo o de una persona que tiene recursos para retar sólo a los mejores en el arte del hacking, y, presuntamente, para reclutarlos. Imágenes con uno de cada 100 pixeles intercambiados, que al sumarse forman una url; incursiones en la deepweb, la zona oscura del Internet donde pululan los traficantes de órganos y las organizaciones terroristas; además de numerosos juegos de destreza para profesionales del código que aparecieron por primera vez en un foro de Internet bajo el siguiente mensaje: Hola. Estamos buscando por individuos altamente inteligentes. El mensaje estaba firmado por “3301″. Muchos analistas y criptógrafos profesionales se sintieron tentados, mejor dicho, llamados. Hola.
Feldenkrais-Praxis Ulrike Springer, LuzernOscar Brenifier: WelcomeOscar Brenifier Oscar Brenifier, holds a Bachelor of biology degree (University of Ottawa) and a PhD in Philosophy (Paris IV – Sorbonne). For many years, in France as well as in the rest of the world, he has been working on the concept of ‘philosophical practice’, both from a theoretical and practical viewpoint. Oscar Brenifier & Isabelle Millon Ninth International Summer Seminar – 2014 “Practicing Philosophy” La Chapelle St André (Burgundy) – France August 4th – 10th, 2014 English language only Every summer, in the little village of La Chapelle St André (Burgundy – France), gather about 30-40 persons involved in philosophical practice (students, teachers, professors, counselors, trainers) in order to reflect on their work and improve professionally. Of course, Socratic maieutic is a key methodological point, but as well dialectics, analytics, community of enquiry, constitute as many entries and matrices to define the work. This seminar does not require previous philosophical training.