Digital divide or mental divide?

When talking about the spread of information and communication technologies, I often hear well-intentioned objections to the generalised use and inception of these technologies. “The newspaper will soon be dead”; “everyone will be using iPhones/iPads/insert-shiny-gadget”; “everyone should have broadband”. These general statements undoubtedly require caveats, not everyone in the world […]

On the road

Apologies for the lack of updates, if you follow me on Twitter you will know that I have been on the road since last week, first in Alicante and now in Rwanda. I have picked up several interesting blog topics, and will be posting a bit more as soon as […]

COMMUNIA Conference 2010

We’ve received this from Juan Carlos De Martin: The NEXA Center for Internet & Society ( at the Politecnico di Torino and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( at Harvard University are proud to announce that registration for the international conference “University and Cyberspace: Reshaping Knowledge Institutions for […]

Microsoft sues cloud computing provider for patent infringement

This one is a bit puzzling. Microsoft holds several software patents, just like any other large tech company. However, they are not known to litigate, and mostly engage in cross-licensing agreements with their portfolio (remember Novell?). But now Microsoft has sued cloud computing and consumer relationship management provider Salesforce for […]

Can you quit Facebook?

I have been feeling quite smug in the last few days. That is, more smug than usual, a certain kind of cultivated perennial smugness is required if you are an academic, but I digress. My disproportionate sense of self-satisfaction comes from the fact that I quit Facebook one year ago. […]