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#RIPSteve

#RIPSteve

We live and love online because Steve Jobs saw that technology could satisfy not only our brains, but also our hearts. Read the rest in my blog post for Harvard Business Review, Steve Jobs, Father of Social...
Steve Jobs in 10 Infographics

Steve Jobs in 10 Infographics

Steve Jobs is the rare tech innovator who will be remembered as much for his aesthetics as for contributions to functionality. No wonder that so much of his legacy can be captured graphically: 1. The history For an at-a-glance overview of the intertwined histories of...
6 questions about the impact of social media on think tanks

6 questions about the impact of social media on think tanks

Can think tanks make a difference? That is the question framing a one-day conference at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), where I was part of a social media panel chaired by CBC’s Peter Mansbridge. My fellow panelists were Chad Gaffield...
A visual glossary of Drupal field types

A visual glossary of Drupal field types

This post originally appeared on simcentre.ca. We are currently working with Affinity Bridge on a collaborative research project that has us deeply involved in the process of developing a website on the Drupal content management system (CMS) — the same CMS that...
How will computer use affect the way people are wired?

How will computer use affect the way people are wired?

I just finished taking the Future of the Internet survey that is run by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center. One of the questions asked about the impact of technology use on the...
Live blog: Cyber Security in a Wikileaks World

Live blog: Cyber Security in a Wikileaks World

I am at the APSA panel on Cyber Security in a Wikileaks World, which I will be live blogging for the next couple of hours. Tweet me your questions aboutany of the papers (you can download them, or just follow along here) and I will happily ask them when the time...
An online cure for an unsustainable model of leadership

An online cure for an unsustainable model of leadership

Jack Layton’s death has me thinking back over many years of NDP activism, going back to the very first campaign I ever worked on: Dan Heap’s 1984 election campaign, when one of the most tireless presences in the committee room was that of Dan’s young...
10 challenging perspectives on social media & the Vancouver riots

10 challenging perspectives on social media & the Vancouver riots

The past week has been a laboratory in the power and limitations of online dialogue. While I have been troubled by the number of simplistic, hostile or unconsidered posts and comments about crowdsourcing the identification of rioters, I have more often been astounded...
Riot vigilantes speak for themselves

Riot vigilantes speak for themselves

In the past couple of days I’ve heard from people who were initially enthusiastic about the crowdsourcing of rioter identification, but now see the concern with this kind of vigilantism. I’d love to take credit, but I’m not the most convincing voice...
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