lördag 27 november 2010
in January the Edge, an organization "aimed to bring together people working at the edge of a broad range of scientific and technical fields", posed the annual question 2010, which is according to the founder John Brockman:
"HOW IS THE INTERNET CHANGING THE WAY YOU THINK?"
121 scientists, authors and professionals outline the answer - among others Nicholas Carr, Yochai Benkler, Robert Shapiro and Evgevny Morozov. A really good collection of qualified opinions. Enjoy!
onsdag 24 november 2010
Like a forum, or blog or facebook, there must be some brand new way that can totally change our life like years ago facebook changed us.
Also, there is a new device called "ippi" that just invented by Swedes, this so called "enlarged cell phone as large as you want" device really be loved by senior people. It is divided into two parts. One is called the basement, which is connected to TV screen, and with a sim card and SD card, like a cell phone without screen. The other part is a remoter. When SMS comes in, it bling blings, you can just read it on your TV screen by simply press the button on the remoter!
This is a brand new device not only for senior people obviously. it is really convenience and may someday replace the fixed phone.
Check this out:
It's in Swedish, because it is only sold in Sweden right now. Even you can not find in other Nordic countries.
But really brilliant!
Social media combines social interaction and user‐generated content. One of the most famous and used social media is the Web site Facebook, which is based on people make contact with others, share interests by different groups, post photos, and more. A subject that is often debated in the context of the social media rampage is how the privacy is considered.
The concept of privacy is not yet defined in the Swedish legislation. Under the European Convention the personal integrity or personal liberty is about "freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers". In our own environment, we have noticed that many people tend to publish much information about their privacy on the Internet. Thus we ask ourselves: "What are the views of people for privacy on the Internet?" This question we try to answer in this report.
Since young people constitute a large proportion of users on Facebook, we chose to examine how young people in secondary school age think and act on social networks, especially Facebook. We conducted three focus groups, at Tullinge gymnasium in Botkyrka, where we asked a number of issues including surrounding their usage and behavior on Facebook. We, however, tried not to pay us only at our own affairs and let the conversations take different directions, depending on what young people themselves raised.
Most of the focus group participants pointed out that Facebook has become a trend and we felt that there was an undertone about why they feel compelled to join because "everyone is there" (more in Section 6.2).
We found in focus groups that young people were very willing to share their private life and most of them are not worried about what they post on Facebook. To some extent, they rely on the chosen security settings, but we noticed that many of them were completely unaware of some potential hazards (Section 7.2). Although it said the majority of participants in the focus groups that they do not need any kind of help to understand such dangers in social media. They would, however, like to see such assistance to the young teenagers who are just beginning to participate in such forums. We note however that even the elderly who seem to be more experienced and knowledgeable need help, but not as much as the younger ones.
We concluded that young people in today's society tend to publish much about their private lives, but often depends some parts of this behavior on ignorance about what impact certain behavior could lead to.
While the film is low budget and intentionally follows few, if any, conventional guidelines of documentary filmmaking, it still offers an interesting and thought-provoking insight into the electronic music genre and community. The focus is on the American scene, I would personally prefer if the European scene would be covered at a larger extent, since I believe it is in many ways further developed. Either way, it is one of very few up-to-date documentaries on the electric music scene, and it is definitely worth a watch!
tisdag 23 november 2010
torsdag 18 november 2010
- Daniel Pargman
- Assistant Professor of Media Technologies, Department of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Online networks vs online communities-------------------------------------------------------
tisdag 16 november 2010
Isn´t it kind of smart of Zuckerberg to realease a new system of information gathering while the movie telling his story is played in the theaters. Facebook will offer a new messging system just for the benefit of the user.
for all of you who are getting more out of a book by listening instead of reading it, there is also an audiobook of Benkler's "Wealth of Networks" and there are two versions (both legal), just take a look at it:
torsdag 11 november 2010
Xin = Sinbar :)
onsdag 10 november 2010
fredag 5 november 2010
Oh, and by the way, FLOSS stands for Free, Libre, and Open-Source Software. It is the neutral term that ought to be used to refer to the whole movement so as not to vex anybody, though, in all honesty, it is probably not that popular except among hardcore FLOSS advocates and fans who can't live without being Right-On-The-Internet(tm).
So, you are a media management student or otherwise a non-computer scientist; but you're not a random user either, you want to know more about FLOSS culture? Where do you start?
Well, first, a disclaimer: I'm a technical person, and a dormant FLOSS actor (that is, I've had no significant contribution to whatever project), so my view, beside being my own and not that of any larger greater entity I might ever belong to, is biased towards a technical perspective. But it may actually a good thing, for a serious introduction to the topic, because, as you will come to understand if you stay around long enough, if there is one thing that unites people in FLOSS communities, it is the technique. There is a wide variety of views among members of these circles, either users or contributors: from the paid pragmatic programmers who work on open-source for a living, to the political activist such as Stallman; from the money-conscious manager who wants to save on licenses he won't have to buy to the Apple-level 15-year-old fanboy who's got his first penguin tatoo without his parents' approval. In the end, the only thing that everybody agrees upon is that the FLOSS development model brings them some sort of benefit, be it cost-cutting or (perceived) self-elevation.
It was a long disclaimer, but it is as far as I go, with my own interpretation. The rest of this post will give you a few names and pointers to things and people you may want to check out to enrich your FLOSS culture in whatever way you may see fit.
You may want to visit Wikipedia for complete definitions of the terms FLOSS, Free software and Open source. But beware, Wikipedia is very well-informed on the subject, so you may just end up not knowing where to look at for basic information. In essence, it all deals with software for which the source code is available to a wider audience.
So, what kind of software do you find under that denomination? Well, here's just a few well-known projects (read: FLOSS organizations that "produce" software, in a broad sense) you may or may not have heard of. You can easily search any of them on Google or Wikipedia.
- the GNU project;
- Mozilla (mainly known for Firefox and Thunderbird);
- Apache software (including the Apache web server);
- the various BSDs (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, etc.);
- X.org (OK, this is getting obscure...);
- Ubuntu (and now it's getting ridiculous, so I'll stop);
Beside software, you may be more interested in the people. Well, this is where my technical background kicks in: I am only aware of those who write or have written some code at some point in their life. People such as Eben Moglen, though a major Free software advocate, I've hardly ever read. Here again, a list of a few you may want to look up:
- Richard Stallman, head of the GNU project, who wrote the GNU manifesto, a historical view of Free software you may want to check out (if you can read Benkler, it'll be fine...);
- Eric Raymond, famous for the Jargon file, a hacker culture dictionary, and The Cathedral and the Bazaar, an essay on the open source development model that, again, you may want to read (of particular interest to this course, in my humble opinion, is the 11th chapter, entitled The Social Context of Open-Source Software);
- Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux;
- and finally, included for trolling purposes, Theo de Raadt, another cult leader, a.k.a. authoritative figure of the OpenBSD project.
That's about it! Enjoy your ride in that stranger world, if you are new! (And then you might want to reread this post to check the jokes you didn't get. :p) Feel free to criticize, comment or otherwise correct me if you're actually an old hacker lying in the shadows in wait of my making a mistake. ;)
torsdag 4 november 2010
Professor of Media & Communications Studies, Department of Informatics and Media, Uppsala University
In this seminar, I will take a particular geo-political event – namely the Iranian elections of June 2009 – and discuss the ways in which the use of social media before, during and after these elections can point us in the direction of a number of “trends and research challenges” in relation to such media. In short, I would like to link the events in Iran from last summer to three specific trends (and challenges) for researchers: (1) to problematize and critically analyze what are called “Techno-Utopian” and “Techno-Dystopian” discourses in relation to social media; (2) to consider the affordances and materialities of social media in relation to what Cresswell has labeled Sedentarist and Nomadic Metaphysics; (3) to use the recent events in Iran as a springboard for re-thinking and re-theorizing what is meant by terms such as “political speech” and “acts of dissent,” and to do so with an eye toward what Downing called, “internationalizing media theory.”
Small Change: Why the revolution will not be tweeted.
Le Monde Diplomatique
Wikileaks: Three Digital Myths
Le Monde Diplomatique
Iran: Networked Dissent
Iran: Downside to the "Twitter Revolution"
Dissent - Volume 56, Number 4, Fall 2009, pp. 10-14