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The Locker Project
"A Locker is a container for personal data, which gives the owner the ability to control how it's protected and shared. It retrieves and consolidates data from multiple sources, to create a single collection of the things you see and do online: the photos you take, the places you visit, the links you share, contact details for the people you communicate with, and much more. It also provides flexible APIs for developers to build rich applications with access to all of this information"
open-source  software  network  digital  storage  social-media  privacy 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Google Blocks | OxCERT's blog
Story from Oxford on phishing attacks using Google Docs.
security  computer  network  google  spam 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Half-formed thoughts about Twitter, social silos, web APIs, and mashups «
"What’s left behind are things that aren’t owned by a single entity. RSS, rssCloud, Atom, AtomPub, PubSubHubbub, JSON Activity Streams, Salmon, WebFinger, OStatus, etc and so forth. We could talk to each other with these things, and make beautiful mashups.

But, a lot of us have been distracted by shiny corporate APIs, building value for others and sometimes making a little for ourselves. Why bother writing a web spider chasing microformatted relationships to build a social graph, when we could make a single HTTP GET and have a JSON-formatted friends list tossed back – and thus, get on with the real thing we wanted to do with that list?"
internet  network  development  trend  culture  corporate  business  apps  api  infrastructure  standards  ownership 
july 2012 by tsuomela
BLDGBLOG: Autonomous Angels of Maintenance
The idea that little machine-guardians at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, like mechanical demiurges on the invisible edge of the world, are at least partially responsible for ensuring that this post can be read in Europe is a comforting thought before bed.
infrastructure  network  internet  oceans 
april 2012 by tsuomela
What is the Future of Network Culture? |
"Its only with the collapse of the housing bubble, the onset of the prolonged recession and the proliferation of that last promised technology, the tablet, that network culture has entered more fully into a condition of not only a suspended past but also a suspneded future. The housing bubble itself was a crisis of the future. As history had ended, so now the future ended. Ezra Pound's old cry "Make it new!" could now only be uttered by tired characters in a thought bubble in a New Yorker cartoon. And just as the days after 9/11 gave us a war without end, we are now given a recession without end. The new stationary economy seems punctuated by mini-booms that will buoy markets and epochal crises (like the impending collapse of the Eurozone, the second leg of the Great Recession, and of course everyone's great terror, the collapse of the massive Chinese property bubble). But the Great Recession is itself no longer even something that finance fears. The canny will make billions as before. Everyone else will be poorer, their futures more exhausted, less full of promise than ever. "
economics  future  poverty  wealth  network  culture  time  temporal  pessimism 
october 2011 by tsuomela
New INC Research Network: Unlike Us – Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives :: Institute of Network Cultures Blog
"The aim of this proposal is to establish a research network of artists, designers, scholars, activists and programmers who work on 'alternatives in social media'. Through workshops, conferences, online dialogues and publications, Unlike Us intends to both analyze the economic and cultural aspects of dominant social media platforms and to propagate the further development and proliferation of alternative, decentralized social media software."
research  network  networks  culture  project  academic-programs 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Why some social network services work and others don’t — Or: the case for object-centered sociality :: Zengestrom
" the term ‘social networking’ makes little sense if we leave out the objects that mediate the ties between people. Think about the object as the reason why people affiliate with each specific other and not just anyone. For instance, if the object is a job, it will connect me to one set of people whereas a date will link me to a radically different group. This is common sense but unfortunately it’s not included in the image of the network diagram that most people imagine when they hear the term ‘social network.’ The fallacy is to think that social networks are just made up of people. They’re not
social-media  social-networks  theory  objects  purpose  analysis  community  network 
april 2011 by tsuomela
Tunisia, Egypt, Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points - Andrew Blum - Technology - The Atlantic
"Terremark's building in Miami is the physical meeting point for more than 160 networks from around the world. They meet there because of the building's excellent security, its redundant power systems, and its thick concrete walls, designed to survive a category 5 hurricane. But above all, they meet there because the building is "carrier-neutral." It's a Switzerland of the Internet, an unallied territory where competing networks can connect to each other. Terremark doesn't have a dog in the fight. Or at least it didn't."
internet  infrastructure  geography  networks  network  monopoly  vulnerability  politics  regulation  design 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Alone Together - An Important New Book by Sherry Turkle
Review of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Computers and Less From Each Other” by Sherry Turkle.
book  review  internet  culture  network  social-media  psychology  loneliness 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Hyperdemocracy | the human network
"Some will argue that these represent the perfect toolkit for terrorism, for lawlessness and anarchy. Some are willing to sacrifice liberty for security, ending with neither. Although nostalgic and tempting, this argument will not hold against the tenor of these times. These systems will be invented and hyperdistributed even if the state attempts to enforce a tighter grip over its networks. Julian Assange, the most famous man in the world, has become the poster boy, the Che for a networked generation. Script kiddies everywhere now have a role model. Like it or not, they will create these systems, they will share what they’ve learned, they will build the apparatus that makes the state as we have known it increasingly ineffectual and irrelevant. Nothing can be done about that. This has already happened."
wikileaks  democracy  distributed  network  journalism  media  technology 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Internet Goes to War | Security to the Core | Arbor Networks Security
Overall, both the attack traffic and the hundreds of volunteers running the software on their PCs were not terribly sophisticated. Most volunteers clearly did not realize the tools do not anonymize their PC source IP address nor that word processors store incriminating meta-data in revolutionary manifestos. In short, not exactly the work of evil criminal masterminds.

So ultimately, I’d suggest the last week of DDoS attacks surrounding Wikileaks supporters and opponents falls far short of a “cyberwar”. While it makes a far less sexy headline, cyber-vandalism may be a more apt description. In a similar vein, a Foreign Policy Op-Ed called hactivist DDoS the digital equivalent of a sit-in by youth around the world.
security  internet  wikileaks  war  network 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Macrowikinomics I: Generalities - Whimsley
On one side, Macrowikinomics exaggerates the political and economic possibilities of digital collaboration as well as the discontinuity between today’s digital culture and the activities of previous generations. On the other side, it ignores the unsavoury possibilities that seem to accompany each and every inspiring initiative on the Internet (every technology has its spam) and inspirational initiatives for change that take place away from the digital world. Most importantly, it does not register the corrosive effect of money (and particularly large amounts of money) on the social production and voluntary networked activity that they are so taken with.
book  review  network  culture  crowdsourcing  collaboration 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Network Culture Fall 2010 |
network culture fall 2010
My latest syllabus for the Network Culture course as I am teaching it this term at Columbia.

Topics to be addressed include network theory, changing concepts of time and space, the rise of networked publics, contemporary poetics, new forms of subjectivity, and methods of control. Throughout, we will make connections between architecture and this insurgent condition.
syllabi  network  networks  culture 
november 2010 by tsuomela
[0710.4911] Social Media as Windows on the Social Life of the Mind
This is a programmatic paper, marking out two directions in which the study of social media can contribute to broader problems of social science: understanding cultural evolution and understanding collective cognition. Under the first heading, I discuss some difficulties with the usual, adaptationist explanations of cultural phenomena, alternative explanations involving network diffusion effects, and some ways these could be tested using social-media data. Under the second I describe some of the ways in which social media could be used to study how the social organization of an epistemic community supports its collective cognitive performance.
social-media  collective-intelligence  epistemology  network  evolution  culture 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Network Realism: William Gibson and new forms of Fiction |
Gibson’s been talking a lot lately about atemporality, this idea that we live in a sort of endless digital now. In “Zero History” we have an echo of “No Future”: everything compressed into the present. This idea is what Zero History is really about. (This is the Order Flow: the future is defined by the present; who pinpoints the present controls the future.)
I want to give it a name, and at this point I’m calling it Network Realism.

Network Realism is writing that is of and about the network. It’s realism because it’s so close to our present reality. A realism that posits an increasingly 1:1 relationship between Fiction and the World. A realtime link. And it’s networked because it lives in a place that’s that’s enabled by, and only recently made possible by, our technological connectedness.
fiction  present  time  sf  literature  perception  network  genre  history 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The Facebook Effect: beyond privacy
But if there is a tragic hitch to Zuckerberg's rise, it has less to do with his status as an accidental billionaire (to quote the title of another recent book about Facebook) than his role as an accidental revolutionary, one who lacks the intellectual grounding to wisely use the immense power he hass accrued. It's as if the president of a university "Save Darfur" club was appointed the UN envoy to the region.
facebook  criticism  network  internet  culture  privacy  ethics  social-media  social-networking 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Cormode - A manifesto for modeling and measurement in social media - First Monday - 6 September 2010
Online social networks (OSNs) have been the subject of a great deal of study in recent years. The majority of this study has used simple models, such as node–and–edge graphs, to describe the data. In this paper, we argue that such models, which necessarily limit the structures that can be described and omit temporal information, are insufficient to describe and study OSNs. Instead, we propose that a richer class of Entity Interaction Network models should be adopted. We outline a checklist of features that can help build such a model, and apply it to three popular networks (Twitter, Facebook and YouTube) to highlight important features. We also discuss important considerations for the collection, validation and sharing of OSN data.
social-networks  social-media  network-analysis  networks  research  measurement  methods  twitter  data  social  network 
october 2010 by tsuomela
The Scope of Human Thought | Forum
It is a spectacular scientific puzzle that human beings are the sole species that seems to be able to think and feel beyond the limits of the scale for their species.
human-nature  human-scale  human  mental  mind  cognition  scale  network  thinking  species  animals 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Huh?! 4 Cases Of How Tearing Down A Highway Can Relieve Traffic Jams (And Save Your City) » INFRASTRUCTURIST
One example is reducing traffic congestion by eliminating roads. Though our transportation planners still operate from the orthodoxy that the best way to untangle traffic is to build more roads, doing so actually proves counterproductive in some cases. There is even a mathematical theorem to explain why: “The Braess Paradox” (which sounds rather like a Robert Ludlum title) established that the addition of extra capacity to a road network often results in increased congestion and longer travel times.
transportation  infrastructure  network  technology-effects  building 
july 2009 by tsuomela
xkcd - A Webcomic - Apocalypse
the dead walk the earth and mathematicians race to get a lower Erdos number.
comic  humor  mathematics  social-networking  network 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Will the Phone Industry Need a Bailout, Too? - Bits Blog -
But as a policy maker — or an investor, for that matter — these economics make for a great deal of risk. If competition ever creates a significant shift to Internet-based phone service, it could quickly decimate the already precarious economics of the local phone business.
communication  media  business  telephone  network 
may 2009 by tsuomela
On the Identity Trail - Lessons From the Identity Trail
There have been few examples of interdisciplinary dialogue about the importance and impact of anonymity and privacy in a networked society. Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society fills that gap, and examines key questions about anonymity, privacy, and identity in an environment that increasingly automates the collection of personal information and relies upon surveillance to promote private and public sector goals.
anonymity  privacy  identity  network  online  culture  psychology 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Do We Need a New Internet? -
a bit of hypeventilating at the insecurity of the internet?
internet  security  design  network 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Use tools running on M-Lab to test your Internet connection. | M-Lab
Online tools supported by Google and other academic groups to measure internet activity: net neutrality, traffic shaping, etc.
internet  tools  online  network  test  diagnosis  google  isp  netneutrality  traffic 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Fluid Learning | the human network
Flexibility and fluidity are the hallmark qualities of the 21st century educational institution. An analysis of the atomic features of the educational process shows that the course is a series of readings, assignments and lectures that happen in a given room on a given schedule over a specific duration. In our drive to flexibility how can we reduce the class into to essential, indivisible elements? How can we capture those elements? Once captured, how can we get these elements to the students? And how can the students share elements which they’ve found in their own studies?
education  future  network  computer  technology  technology-effects  21c 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network: longitudinal analysis over 20 years in the Framingham Heart Study -- Fowler and Christakis 337: a2338 -- BMJ
Objectives To evaluate whether happiness can spread from person to person and whether niches of happiness form within social networks.

Design Longitudinal social network analysis.

Setting Framingham Heart Study social network.

Participants 4739 individuals followed from 1983 to 2003.

Main outcome measures Happiness measured with validated four item scale
happiness  network  social-psychology  social-networks  research  longitudinal  psychology  diffusion  emotion 
december 2008 by tsuomela
The GIG Group
The Gig Group is dedicated to a broadband policy for Minnesota with a goal toward providing ultra high speed (up to one GigaBit service) statewide.
minnesota  data  network  activism 
april 2008 by tsuomela
Is the Tipping Point Toast? -- Duncan Watts -- Trendsetting
Duncan Watts dismantles the theory of 'connectors' or 'influentials' from Gladwell's Tipping Point and elsewhere.
social-networking  network  sociology 
january 2008 by tsuomela
Modeling the Small-World Phenomenon with Local Network Flow
We introduce an improved hybrid model that combines a global graph (a random power law graph) with a local graph (a graph with high local connectivity defined by network flow). We present an efficient algorithm that extracts a local graph from a given rea
network-analysis  network  small-world  algorithms  complexity 
december 2007 by tsuomela
The promise of noöpolitik
As the information age deepens, a globe–circling realm of the mind is being created — the “noosphere” that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin identified 80 years ago. This will increasingly affect the nature of grand strategy and diplomacy. Traditional re
politics  network  noosphere  evolution  biology  gaia 
october 2007 by tsuomela
another social bookmarking service
bookmarks  social  network 
october 2006 by tsuomela

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