Technology & Media

In Dubai Everything Is Connected To Everything Else

At the meeting of the Global Agenda Councils in Dubai it seems that everything is connected to everything else.  One day into it my Council on Informed Societies has had joint discussions with at least …   Read more

The Newspaper’s Not Dead, It’s Just Moved To Twitter

If you’re a Twitter user, perhaps you’ve already heard of If not, I recommend checking it out and creating your own custom “newspaper” based on links shared by your Twitter network. The tool suggests …   Read more

What’s Worse: Facebook Breaches Or Scraping?

The latest Facebook-related privacy breach is much ado about little, according to several observers. Larry Magid, writing at Huffington Post Technology, explains what happened this way: “The culprit in this case is not bad intentions …   Read more

Netflix: Premium Cable’s Worst Nightmare

This week’s Bloomberg Businessweek discusses Netflix’s relentless expansion as the DVD-by-mail service makes even better use of the Internet.  Instead of relying on the US Postal Service to deliver its product, Netflix is increasingly streaming …   Read more

Apple’s Apps | Google’s Web: What Is The Future Of The Internet?

It happened ever so sneakily-–just as we were celebrating the demise of old media companies and rejoicing in the new freedom of the web, it’s gone. While we were busy thinking the internet revolution would …   Read more

Cognitive Surpluses And Deficits

About two months back I was asked by the Globe and Mail to review Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus and Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows, two books with sharply contrasting accounts of the digital age to date. …   Read more

Young People Are The Most Active Online Reputation Managers

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A new report says that a growing portion of adult internet users are concerned about their digital online identity.  More than half (57%) of internet users over age 18 say they have used a search engine to look up their name and see what information was available about them online, up from 47% who did so in 2006. And a big surprise: Despite their reputation for being reckless with their online reputations, it turns out that young adults, what I call the Net Generation,  are the most active online reputation managers.  More than any other age group, they care about what others can see or read about them.   Read more

Twitter’s Users Dictate What’s Happening

I recently watched a video of Jack Dorsey’s presentation to The99percent conference, which you can see here .  In it, Dorsey shares three core takeaways from his experiences in conceiving and building Twitter. 1) Draw: get your idea out of your head and share it, 2) Luck: assessing when is the right time to execute the idea, 3) Iterate: absorb the feedback and refine the idea   Read more

The Real Truth Behind Fake Steve

“Truthiness” is probably the best word to describe The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, a blog that more often than not does too good a job at parodying what Steve Jobs might be thinking on …   Read more

The Net Gen: Too Plugged-in For Parenting?

Actually, the title of this post should really be, “The Net Gen: Too connected to wireless devices, social media, and ‘always-on’ technologies for parenting,” but “plugged-in” just sounded better. In fact, fewer of us are …   Read more