[Taking Stock] 2011 in Protests So Far

The following is a small excerpt of a much larger text I’ve been working on for the past few weeks: To refer to the worldwide protests of 2011 as the Arab Spring is to mark a serious misnomer. In fact, I would argue that it all began in November 2010 with the...
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...

Michel Foucalt on #cablegate

It seems to me that the real political task in a society such as ours is to criticize the workings of institutions that appear to be both neutral and independent, to criticize and attack them in such a manner that the political violence, which is always exercised...
Two Sides of a Window: Technology and Transparency

Two Sides of a Window: Technology and Transparency

What follows is a hyperlinked version of my talk at this year’s re:publica conference in Berlin. For a 30-minute talk it was probably a little dense, a bit abstract, and maybe too close to home for a Berlin audience, but here it is nonetheless. This morning...
[Ars Electronica] Digital Communities Forum

[Ars Electronica] Digital Communities Forum

On Monday I had the pleasure of introducing the three winners of this year’s Prix Ars Electronica in the digital communities category and moderating a forum in which they shared their experiences as communities that have formed around a particular purpose. Video...