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Andra Keay

The Quantified Self - 0 views

    From the spreadsheet and timesheet at work to the tyranny of the scales... to the constant tracking of your iphone and social media apps. Foucault's biopower.
Andra Keay

The days are numbered for self-trackers - 0 views

    SMH article that put me on to the NY Times and Kevin Kelly's Quantified Self. lightweight but local
Andra Keay

The Data-Driven Life - - 0 views

    "I used to track my work hours, and it was a miserable process. With my spreadsheet, I inadvertently transformed myself into the mean-spirited, small-minded boss I imagined I was escaping through self-employment. "

    This NY Times article (recapped poorly in today's SMH) epitomises Foucault's concept of biopower. It's a great run down of multitude of ways constant self tracking is already part of our lives and the psychological pros and cons. Unfortunately it doesn't give a sociopolitical analysis.

    This is Weber's iron cage of rationalisation in the age of the self. Self employed, self actualised, self interested man. And typically, the irrationality of rationalism means we spend much of our life recording and measuring ourselves rather than living.
Tiana Stefanic

Thailand: A Country Divided « Virtual Light - 0 views

    This is my third blog entry on the theme of the Digital Divide.

    I've looked at the situation in Thailand in terms of the class divide, political divide, and digital divide that characterise the conflict.
Elizabeth Gan

Parents: Be Aware Of Cyber Bullies - 0 views

    This article discusses how 42 states in the United States now have some sort anti-bullying laws. Despite these laws, and EULA agreements of social networking sites being in places, victims of cyberbullying do not often come forward for fear of not being taken seriously. One of the suggestions for combating cyberbullying is the real life "comeback", although it is warned that this may backfire, which needs to be scripted and rehearsed. Though there are no studies that indicate this is an effective method to combat cyberbullying, this should be exercise with caution. Cyberbullying appears to be one of those case-by-case situations, as the victims reactions - type of person they are - how they handle the situation - whom they come forward to tell to seek help, may be the biggest factors in how an ordeal of this nature should be considered. Sadly it appears that cyberbullies - like in the offline world - like to try and collect followers in the online world, and perhaps one of the better practices is to inform people that they should not be participating in the act of cyberbullying another, and hopefully reducing the motivation to continue.
Eliza Hansell

Facebook strikes deal with Farmville maker - 0 views

    Wow, there's BIG money in Farmville! Facebook and Farmville makers Zynga have come to an agreement to work together after Facebook tried to make its virtual currency the only currency that players could use.
Tiana Stefanic

Decentralize the web with Diaspora - Kickstarter - 0 views

    There has been some controversy about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's comments in an online chat from 2006 that surfaced recently. He told a friend that Facebook users were dumb for trusting him and submitting private, personal information on his then-fledgling website.

    An initiative by four young programmers to counteract the negative effects that Facebook has had on privacy and the ability of users to control the data they put online is Diaspora. It is a decentralised, open source social network that wants to compete with centralised social networks that allow "spying for free".

    It will be interesting to see whether the initiative really takes off as a viable alternative to Facebook.
yunju wang

Canadians without web access disconnected from world - 1 views

  • Word of mouth has always played an important role in finding the best dentist, knowing where to find the best place to fix your car, or knowing what's going on in your neighbourhood," said Matrix. "But now, word of mouth has become word of web."
  • If you aren't on e-mail or Facebook or one of the other sites, your five-year-old isn't getting invited to a birthday party," said Samuel. "And that's no fun for anybody.
    According to this article "word of mouth has become word of web."

    People are using digital technology to communicate important information such as social gatherings and recommendations about things such as new recipes - things that used to be transferred through offline word of mouth.

    The implication is that people without an online presence miss out, and the response of the Canadian (as well as the Australian) government is to inject millions of dollars into decreasing the 'digital divide' to encourage social participation through increased digital literacy.
    After the class last night, I kept having a thoght that maybe our whole society structure is changing bcuase of the internet, the accessibility to the Internet. Money, education, perhaps are the main critaria to structure the society anymore.
Tiana Stefanic

Digital Natives Explore Uncharted Terrain « Virtual Light - 1 views

    My most recent blog entry, looking at the implications of the increasing digital literacy among younger generations.
Amanda Lansdowne

10 reasons to delete your Facebook account - Crikey - 2 views

    This blog by Dan Yoder counts 10 reasons why you should can your Facebook account. The main reasons for this boycott are related issues of privacy and how they treat the information of members, for example not providing complete information on how they use your information.

5 Reasons Google and Search Won't Dominate The Next Decade - 0 views

    There has been an underlying shift in the way we live our lives, as a result of technological developments.
Tiana Stefanic

T.M.I? Not for Sites Focused on Sharing - - 0 views

    This looks at the new atmosphere of sharing all the mundane details about our lives, facilitated by sites such as Blippy, which broadcasts details about shopping habits, and Foursquare, that uses GPS to alert contacts to your location.

    A fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union said, "People are not necessarily thinking about how long this information will stick around, or how it could be used and exploited by marketers."

    Concerns are also raised about potential identity theft and whether accessing every scrap of data left behind by users is actually valuable.
Tiana Stefanic

Mark Zuckerberg Unveils Facebook's Plan For Internet Domination « - 0 views

    The founder and Chief Executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, announced at a recent conference that Facebook's Open Graph project will soon enable an even greater degree of personalisation as people surf the net.

    I think this probably has implications for user experience, in terms of viewing popular sites through the prism of social networking - and it gives sites more authority to store data about individuals.

    Because Facebook seems to be so pervasive nowadays, it seems like we won't have much say in the matter...
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    Also business implications. This is direct competition for Google's increasingly personalised 'user experience', not just Buzz and the raft of location services but the uniquely personal search that has slipped quietly onto our browsers.

    How can we be concerned about what governments know about us when we've handed willingly to businesses so much more information!
    We do have a choice - don't have a Facebook account.
    It may make you a social pariah though ;)
    Allison, that's a great point, I've tried to quit using the site but I stop when I realise that I won't know about upcoming social events - unfortunately its the primary means of communication used by some friends!
    Yes and I think Facebook take full advantage!
    A lot of my friends have been posting notes on FB about changing privacy settings now that the new features have come in. So, people are trying to resist but in a more subtle way than dropping out of FB altogether.
Castillo Rocas

China Starts New Bureau to Police Web Traffic - - 1 views

    Article that suggests that China might be reshaping its media apparatus to deepen its leverage over the Web.  Policing over social networking, microblogging and video.
Tiana Stefanic

Chronic Disease and the Internet | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project - 0 views

    A comprehensive study conducted by the Pew Center for Research in the States looks at one of the demographics that experience the 'digital divide' - people with a chronic illness.

    The results indicate that although people with chronic diseases are less likely to have access to the internet, those that do use it productively to contribute to the online bank of knowledge about health-realated topics, as well as forming supportive online communities.
    thanks Tiana, I'm actually covering a related topic in my DRP journal article. This is really helpful.
Stephanie Hawkins

Justin Bieber's Manager Arrested for failure to tweet - 0 views

    I know this is a piece of fluff, but it raises some questions for me:
    1. Was Twitter the only medium through which this event was advertised? Could there not have been other ways to advertise the cancellation of the signing?
    2. Is private Twitter usage able to be publically regulated? If so, to what extent?
    3. To what extent is the shopping mall responsible? OHS and Fire codes would have mandated the number of people allowed in an area - should they not have made provision for that?
    4. Was the failure to tweet reckless endangerment on the part of the manager, or have the law enforcement agencies taken social networking and used it to increase the level of responsibility a person owes to the general public (at least in this instance)?

    I'm not saying that the manager is in the right, I'm just wary of the level of importance placed on one aspect of this event. Has the way we operate changed to such an extent as to warrant this sort of police interference?

Nestle fails at social media | Internet news | TechEye - All the technology news unfit ... - 0 views

    Engaging in social media backfires for Nestle. Due to the Greenpeace protest against the company with regards to how the company uses palm oil in its products, a number of people posted their distaste on Nestle's Facebook page. Unfortunately for the company, the representative in charge of replying to comments was far from being amiable, or even courteous.

    Sample exchange of comments:
    Nestle: "You have freedom of speech and expression. Here, there are some rules we set. As in almost any other forum. It's to keep things clear."

    Paul Griffin: "Your page, your rules, true, and you just lost a customer, won the battle and lost the war! Happy?"

    Nestle: "Oh's like we're censoring everything to allow positive comments."

    Social media has significant benefits for companies and how they market the products to consumers. However, if used wrongly, as with this case, massive PR clean-up is inevitable.
Eliza Hansell

Military allows Twitter, other social media - 0 views

    The US military has given a thumbs up to social networking saying that it benefits soldiers in other ways rather than risking security. Let's just hope a facebook update doesn't get anyone court marshaled...
Amit Kelkar

How Scott Brown friended, tweeted and LOLed his way into the people's U.S. Senate seat - 0 views

    The campaign strategy of the newly elected US Senator Scott Brown heavily used the web. Article about how he did this. 
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