Two Maps and 21st Century Exploration

Two Maps and 21st Century Exploration

The following text was written for an art installation at the new Skylink Terminal of Vienna Airport. The title of the installation, Zeitraum, is a German portmanteau combining zeit (time) and raum (place), and roughly translates to “period of time.”...
Fame, Followers, Anonymity and Activism

Fame, Followers, Anonymity and Activism

What follows is more or less a rough approximation of my notes for a presentation I gave on Monday at a conference organized by the United Nations Development Program and the Institute for Elections and Citizen Participation of Jalisco. The panel, “Technological...
A Delicious Proposal For An Annotated Web

A Delicious Proposal For An Annotated Web

How a takeover of Delicious by Twitter could prepare the web for the 21st century. What can I say, I’m tired of big-ass internet corporations taking over my favorite internet platforms and hanging them on the clothesline only to let them die. I am equally...

Twitter Activism and ACTA in Mexico

Originally published on Información Cívica. Re-publishing here because I’m having problems with server errors. There was a lot of activity on Twitter this morning claiming that Mexico has pulled out of negotiations of ACTA, the misnamed “Anti...
Mexico: A Political Kidnapping Versus Chuck Norris

Mexico: A Political Kidnapping Versus Chuck Norris

Mexican Twitter users poked fun at their politicians back in April when congressman Nazario Norberto Sánchez of the Revolutionary Democratic Party sponsored a bill to more closely monitor and regulate the use of Facebook and Twitter with the aim of disrupting...
April Showers (of too much information)

April Showers (of too much information)

I spent most of the past week reading around 200 pages of academic papers about transparency, accountability, and governance in a cabin in Mexico’s Sierra del Tigre mountain range. No tweeps tweeting; only birds chirping and the wind rustling through the pine...