Crowdfunding needs a curator

#bbpBox_212902087481241601 a { text-decoration:none; color:#1F98C7; }#bbpBox_212902087481241601 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }.@neilhimself There desperately needs to be a site dedicated to helping geeks figure out what to support on Kickstarter. We need a CURATOR.June 13, 2012 7:39 am via webReplyRetweetFavorite@joe_hillJoe Hill

I have just read one of the most interesting tweets in a while, and I [...]

Anonymous and the decline of individualism

Remember, remember…

The rise of individualism

One of my favourite documentaries of all time is The Century of the Self (2002) by Adam Curtis (you can view it on YouTube in its glorious four hour entirety here). I’ll concede that Curtis is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I believe [...]

Web activism grows up, but beware its narrow focus

Mafalda joins fight against SOPA

As Wikipedia goes silent today in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), and as other Internet giants unite their voices against the proposed legislations, we could really say that Web activism is starting to become a force to be reckoned with. [...]

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a meme

Many of us have been following with interest the adventures of Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, better known as A Gay Girl in Damascus, a half Syrian, half American girl writing about her struggles in the Arab Spring. I have to admit that although I have read some of her entries, I was never [...]

Why sue when you can use social media?

Internet angry! Crush puny magazine!

Yesterday we got a very interesting lesson about law enforcement online. Imagine that you discover your rights are being violated in some way, and you are almost certain that you are on the right. Traditionally you had three options: do nothing, contact the offender to negotiate, or file a [...]

Is it time to take Anonymous seriously?

Remember, remember….

Anyone who has ever heard me speak about Internet regulation will know of my barely contained scepticism with regards to Barlow’s Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace, and all that it represents. In fact, the Declaration speaks of a more innocent time in Internet history, and it is usually considered to be one [...]

OK Go video goes viral thanks to embedding

Last week we were bemoaning the fact that record company EMI had disabled embedding of its music videos outside of YouTube, a measure that directly affected bands that rely in viral fan distribution and embedding for their dissemination, namely band OK Go.

The band’s new video is called This Too Shall Pass, and was [...]

Twitter panic

xkcd once again demonstrates keen insight into new technologies.

I’m not really worried about swine flu. Now, if it was the dreaded alpaca pox, things would be different. By the way, if you think that this is an exaggeration, check out the hash tag #swineflu.


UK public sector websites to contain user comments

One of the most useful features of the participatory web and the user-generated revolution is that it allows interaction from consumers (gosh, how do I hate it when I start using journalistic commonplace terms such as revolution, debacle or meltdown). Now the British government is about to jump in the bandwagon, as Gordon Brown announced [...]

Bio in 6 words

Mathias Klang at Wrote tagged me with the six word memoir meme, so I will try to rise to the challenge.

I’ve always liked the line in Half a Person by The Smiths that says “16, clumsy and shy, I went to London and I”, but it exceeds the limit. So I will go for [...]