Post(s) tagged with "internet"
“The Most Detailed Picture of the Internet Ever”
*Hacker who pulled it off brags in detail about his technique, dabbles in dazzling infoviz:
Social networks such as Facebook and on-line gaming are changing people’s view of who they are and their place in the world, according to a report for the government’s chief scientist.
The report, published by Prof Sir John Beddington, says that traditional ideas of identity will be less meaningful.
One consequence could be communities becoming less cohesive.
This change could be harnessed to bring positive changes or if ignored could fuel social exclusion, says the study.
“This can be a positive force, exemplified by the solidarity seen in the London 2012 Olympics or a destructive force, for example the 2011 riots,” says the report.
OK… I have read and been writing about this since even before the Network Society books written by Manuel Castells so maybe it is time that it will be acknowledged by a broader audience…
Harvard University’s first two courses on the new edX digital education platform launched this week, as more than 100,000 learners worldwide began taking dynamic online versions of CS50, the College’s popular introductory computer science class, and PH207, a Harvard School of Public Health course in epidemiology and biostatistics.
How to Face the Digital Future Without Fear (by theRSAorg)
Editor-at-Large for Wired magazine and guru of the digital age Ben Hammersley visits the RSA to demystify the internet, decode cyberspace, and guide us through the innovations of the incredible revolution we are all living through.
In the physical world, we tend to identify ourselves by nationality. But online, where you can reach across cyberspace and speak directly and instantaneously with someone 6,000 miles away without ever passing through customs, nationality isn’t nearly as meaningful. The real borders are created by language: Language is what makes someone addressable no matter where he is. Language is what you share with strangers above all else. Language is your passport into a new community of people.
This chart was made from analyzing Twitter. To me it is interesting to note how well languages still match the borders of countries. If we revisit our history we can see it is really the effect of the nation state and it’s control of the recent technologies of the printing press and even more recently the radio, the TV and the telephone. All of which where technologies that relied on national investments in infrastructure and consequently used by governing bodies to strengthen the nation (and their power of over the people) by emphasizing the national borders, cultural and language. These technologies were in fact all instruments in building the modern nation state.
With Internet this might be a different story…
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P A Martin Börjesson
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