Posts Tagged ‘Internet’

China and Internet censorship: far from over

June 11, 2012

China appears restless in systematising Internet censorship. The old story goes on

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Digital ‘End of History’? Hmmm….not yet

March 30, 2011

The Middle East uprisings have triggered an enthusiastic rhetoric regarding a strong correlation between ‘Democratisation’ and the ‘Social Media’. Morozov seems to disagree.

Authoritarian states around the world will now develop new strategies to tame the web

This is the main subject of his recently published book The Net Delusion: How not to Liberate the World.

I agree. Fighting for democracy is not triggered, it is just facilitated by the new media. The twitter becomes more the tool rather than the reason. But I also come to understand Clay Shirky’s position as expressed in the Foreign Affairs last month: the social media synchronise the behaviour of groups and therefore alter the dynamics of the public sphere.

I am sure that more case studies -after Iran, Tynisia, Egypt – will be available for further exploration pretty soon…

Egypt back online

February 3, 2011

Facebook and Twitter are now available and the four major Egyptian internet service providers are back in business‘ as BBC reports.

The ‘weapons’ are back, revolution can go on, the power of the Net turned out to be stronger than the ‘Power’ itself.

 

Hyper time, hyper activities

January 29, 2011

Tim Weber reports from the recent World Economic Forum at Davos upon the high usage of smart phones during the Davos’ sessions. The Hyper-connectivity is an undoubted reality and the question is how people will be able to deal with myriads of info and their great challenges.

‘….in nearly every session at least a dozen participants surreptitiously or openly use their smartphones, laptops or tablets…’

The report also sets the question whether the learning process requires full devotion to the subject studied, full concentration and uninterrupted mind-organisation. I still remember my father being bothered by my brother any time the latest was reading a book or doing his homework by listening to the radio at the same time.  ‘You cant’ do that …’ my father used to say…’…you have to do either the one or the other…’. What my father would actually say now when reading a newspaper, tweeting and checking your inbox can be activities that can take place almost synchronously?? The era of Hyper-time has come!

 

 

Path vs Facebook?

December 2, 2010

Tired of Facebook? Unable to handle a great amount of ‘friends’ and to systematically interact with them? Path is probably the solution! This is a new social media platform also available at Apple store.

According to the Path’s blog: “Path is the personal network.  A place to be yourself and share life with close friends and family…..Path allows you to capture your life’s most personal moments and share them with the 50 close friends and family in your life who matter most.Because your personal network is limited to your 50 closest friends and family, you can always trust that you can post any moment, no matter how personal. Path is a place where you can be yourself.”

Is Path supposed to offer a new ‘path’ to social networking by being more anti-social? Or, exactly because it limits the interaction among max 50 people is likely to emerge as a more pragmatic, meta-social forum? I am sure I will tell more after ‘tasting’ it!

Just face it: The Face is fading away….

November 29, 2010

What? Will Facebook trademark the word ‘face’? This is extremely interesting for the intellectual property researchers. Does it mean that the word ‘face’ will become a ‘property’ of the largest social network? What about the word ‘book’? ???

Justice and the just Internet

November 20, 2010

The Lord Chief Justice called the jurors not to use Internet material that may be ‘inaccurate and false’ when they try their cases. He also mentioned Twitter as likely to cause risks to the fairness of the trial.

Can the social media threaten the jury system? Definitely they can support raising funds for charities and mobilize concern as another story suggests….

 

To Be or ….Net to Be?

September 13, 2010

We tend to give fake names on the Net. Is that we are dishonest with the others, dishonest with ourselves or both? Is that we like playing with our identity and we think that the Net offers such an opportunity? Is the fake identity we choose more real than the ‘real’ one? Is the Net the mirror that reflects deep desires or elements of the self that the offline reality cannot accommodate? Can the Net be the real sphere of political incorrectness? Questions, questions, questions……

‘Butcher’, a Chinese netizen activist

May 19, 2010

I am in favour of the spread of social networking services. They’ll probably become the future tools of accountability. Who knows? With interest I read the story of a Chinese social activist, Wu Gan, known as ‘butcher’, who uses social media to scrutinise the government, to identify the governmental misdeeds and call for further invenstigations. By tweeting, uploading videos, blogging the makes an effort to use the virtual world in order to change real lifes. I wish him good luck. (more…)

Legacy Locker or how to control virtual assets after death…

May 5, 2010

What happens to your online assets when you cannot access them? How to take care of your digital legacy? In the Financial Times (Thursday April 15 2010) we read: ‘…Mr Toeman, serial web enterpreneur based in San Francisco, created a service to help get round the problem. Last year, he launched Legacy Locker, a site that allows people to save passwords to important online accounts and have them passed on to a nominated person after death….’. This is very important in a time when many websites do not allow access to accounts for bereaved families. I can see a huge potential here for the area of law that deals with digital worlds. Various social questions are also raised: In the era of facebook and twitter is the ‘real’ death the beginning point of the ‘digital afterlife’? Can we still ‘survive’ through the continuation of our ‘digital persona’? Or…I log on therefore I exist??