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Mathieu Plourde

(Why It's Time to Admit) the Capitalist Internet is a Failure - 0 views

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    "The internet should be either a post-capitalist good, or a public good. A public utility. Like a town square. Things like Facebook and YouTube and Twitter never should have been capitalist at all. Like all town squares, the rules of civilized speech should apply. I can't call someone a nasty name, harass them, intimidate them, bully them there - nor should I be able to here. The capitalist internet is one of history's great failures, my friends. Whether we know it now or not, our grandkids will certainly regard it that way. They'll be incredulous that we were seduced and then addicted by its garbage culture, its trash spectacles, its junk food for the human mind and spirit, all so we could get a desperate hit of feeling power and control…while our planet, democracies, future, and lives were all melting down. It's up to us to build a better internet, and do it now. And whether we do that through post-capitalism, or through public goods - or both - that challenge is very real, very urgent, and very noble."
Mathieu Plourde

How I Fell Out of Love with the Internet - 0 views

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    "Join the resistance knowing that you can't be certain whether you're building Skynet or destroying it. Join the resistance knowing that the people who gave up the Internet's backbone thought they were saving the Internet too. Join the resistance knowing that once you unleash strong crypto, it cannot be put back in the bottle. Join the resistance even though some will say it has already failed. Join because you believe there is no fate but what we make."
Mathieu Plourde

Winona Ryder and the Internet of Things - 0 views

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    "This is why it is so essential that we consider them carefully and critically-that we empty all our LEGOs onto the table and sift through them before we start building. Some tools are decidedly less innocuous than others. And some tools can never be hacked to good use."
Mathieu Plourde

What Is Wirearchy? - 0 views

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    "Wirearchy is an emergent organizing principle that informs the ways that purposeful human activities and the structures in which they are contained is evolving from top-down direction and supervision (hierarchy's command-and-control) to champion-and-channel … championing ideas and innovation, and channeling time, energy, authority and resources to testing those ideas and the possibilities for innovation carried in those ideas."
Mathieu Plourde

Play nice! How the internet is trying to design out toxic behaviour - 0 views

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    "The idea is simple (although the software is so complex it took a year to build): before posting a comment in a forum or below an article, users must rate two randomly selected comments from others for quality of argument and civility (defined as an absence of personal attacks or abuse). Ratings are crunched to build up a picture of what users of any given site will tolerate, which is then useful for flagging potentially offensive material."
Mathieu Plourde

http://www.njea.org/news-and-publications/njea-review/february-2013/ermahgerd-memes-in-... - 0 views

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    "Stephanie Richter introduced memes to her colleagues at Northern Illinois University with a Prezi, identifying a meme as a snippet of culture, a thought, behavior, or artifact it spreads via transmission and adaptation, sharing and imitation, and is something everyone has seen or recognizes."
Mathieu Plourde

snopes.com: Urban Legends Reference Pages - 0 views

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    "Welcome to snopes.com, the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Use the search box above to locate your item of interest, or click one of the icons below to browse the site by category."
Mathieu Plourde

Helpful Hints to Help You Evaluate the Credibility of Web Resources - 0 views

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    "Anyone, in theory, can publish on the Web; therefore, it is imperative for users of the Web to develop a critical eye to evaluate the credibility of Internet information. Searching for sources on the WWW involves using a search engine, a directory, or some combination of these two. Because there is so much information on the Web, good and bad, finding what you want is not an exact science and can be time consuming."
Mathieu Plourde

The Fourth Internet - 1 views

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    "More than anything else in the pantheon of modern writing or as the kids call it, content creation, Buzzfeed aims to be hyper-relatable, through visuals! It hopes it can define your exact identity, because only then will you share its URL on Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr as some sort of badge of your own uniqueness, immortality. If the first Internet was "Getting information online," the second was "Getting the information organized" and the third was "Getting everyone connected" the fourth is definitely "Get mine." Which is a trap."
Mathieu Plourde

No Internet for Plainfield students until Google glitch is fixed - 0 views

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    Two teachers and a few students at Monday's school board meeting questioned the decision, noting the other services provided by Google - such as Google Docs - in some classrooms. One student involved with the National Honor Society said his club uses Google's Gmail to communicate with one another. One teacher said her students use Google Docs to prepare essays. The program, she said, offers students a chance to review each other's papers and she can view students' projects from her computer as they are working on them. "My kids love this," said Laurie Davidson, a seventh-grade language arts teacher.
Mathieu Plourde

Edward Snowden's not the story. The fate of the internet is | Technology | The Observer - 0 views

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    "The first is that the days of the internet as a truly global network are numbered. It was always a possibility that the system would eventually be Balkanised, ie divided into a number of geographical or jurisdiction-determined subnets as societies such as China, Russia, Iran and other Islamic states decided that they needed to control how their citizens communicated. Now, Balkanisation is a certainty."
Mathieu Plourde

The Internet is the Dominant Text - 0 views

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    "(most) individuals use the Internet as the primary text for reading, writing, socializing, and communicating. Think about the last time you were talking with friends and someone couldn't remember a basic fact. How long did it take for someone to pull out a cell phone and search for it online? The Internet has provided for us a common text that individuals globally can use to learn, socialize, and communicate. What does it really mean when we use the Internet in our literacy-based practices? What knowledge, skills, and dispositions do we need to build in our students? The Internet is a literacy issue, not a tech issue"
Mathieu Plourde

The Internet of Everything - 0 views

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    Conversations and perspectives that shed light on the value of the Internet of Everything.
Mathieu Plourde

Ali Ahmed Explains the Conflict in Egypt - 1 views

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    "We didn't get rid of a military regime to replace it with a fascist theocracy," Ahmed explains in the video. He goes on to give a sophisticated and succinct summation of Egypt's conflict. Viewers might assume Ahmed must be parroting his parents, but listen to him speak and it's obvious that at 12 years old, this child understands political power, public manipulation and social injustice.
Mathieu Plourde

#Unplug: Baratunde Thurston Left The Internet For 25 Days, And You Should Too - 0 views

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    "I was aware that my daily routine and lifestyle were unsustainable."
Mathieu Plourde

Peer-to-peer rental: The rise of the sharing economy - 0 views

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    They chose their rooms and paid for everything online. But their beds were provided by private individuals, rather than a hotel chain. Hosts and guests were matched up by Airbnb, a firm based in San Francisco. Since its launch in 2008 more than 4m people have used it-2.5m of them in 2012 alone. It is the most prominent example of a huge new "sharing economy", in which people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other, co-ordinated via the internet.
Mathieu Plourde

We should be living in the future already - 0 views

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    "When machines anticipate needs and wants and solve problems without consulting their owners, we will be living in the future. I believe the infrastructure, the revenue model, the customer base and the deep learning techniques are finally ready to enable entrepreneurs to seize the opportunity and build the future."
Mathieu Plourde

Review: Internet History, Technology, and Security - 0 views

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    "This course was really interesting but more like a PBS show. It consisted mainly of a series of interviews that Chuck Severance had done over the years, which he then strung together to make it into a history. While that is all true, it doesn't convey Dr. Severance' contribution to the whole. Clearly, his perspective was essential and his being present at the conversation at the actual points in history made his current insights more valuable."
Mathieu Plourde

How to Commit Internet Suicide and Disappear from the Web Forever - 1 views

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    "For mildly famous (or infamous) individuals, disappearing is essentially impossible, but for the average person it's surprisingly easy. It just depends on much info is already out there."
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