Universal Mccann International Social Media Research Wave 3

enero 6, 2010

Universal Mccann International Social Media Research Wave 3

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Online QDA – Getting started with Qualitative Data Analysis Software

diciembre 1, 2009

Getting started with Qualitative Data Analysis SoftwareBelow are links to materials that tell you how to undertake some of the basic activities in qualitative data analysis software such as importing documents and starting projects, coding and its organisation, creating memos, text and code searching, reporting and retrieving information.Many software developers now produce their own teaching materials that cover the basics of the software use. Where this is so the links below are to their materials. In other cases there are links to materials on this site that cover older versions of the software to help those who are still using these versions.

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Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

noviembre 12, 2009

Book: Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Delete looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget. Digital technology empowers us as never before, yet it has unforeseen consequences as well. Potentially humiliating content on Facebook is enshrined in cyberspace for future employers to see. Google remembers everything we’ve searched for and when. The digital realm remembers what is sometimes better forgotten, and this has profound implications for us all.

In Delete, Professor Mayer-Schönberger traces the important role that forgetting has played throughout human history, from the ability to make sound decisions unencumbered by the past to the possibility of second chances. The written word made it possible for humans to remember across generations and time, yet now digital technology and global networks are overriding our natural ability to forget–the past is ever present, ready to be called up at the click of a mouse. Mayer-Schönberger examines the technology that’s facilitating the end of forgetting–digitization, cheap storage and easy retrieval, global access, and increasingly powerful software–and describes the dangers of everlasting digital memory, whether it’s outdated information taken out of context or compromising photos the Web won’t let us forget. He explains why information privacy rights and other fixes can’t help us, and proposes an ingeniously simple solution–expiration dates on information–that may.

Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s new book, “Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age”, published by Princeton University Press, is hot off the press and now available at online and offline bookstores, including at Amazon.

A book trailer can be found here at YouTube, and the first chapter can be downloaded for free here courtesy of Princeton University Press.


Can We Reinvent the Internet? — Mayer-Schönberger 325 (5939): 396 — Science

noviembre 12, 2009

SOCIOLOGY:

Can We Reinvent the Internet?

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Recently, researchers who support “network neutrality” have become worried that the Internet may lose its innovative edge. They are concerned that control could be shifting from the edges of the Internet toward the service providers at the center, which would allow the providers to have “gatekeeper” capacity and would contradict the Internet's “end-to-end” principle (1–3). This core tenet states that control over information flows should take place, to the extent possible, at the end points of the network (4). President Obama supported net neutrality during his campaign (4) and in recent statements (5), and the European Parliament has added net neutrality to its recent telecom bill (6). Taking the end-to-end principle from protocols to users, Jonathan Zittrain has called for maintaining the Internet's “generativity,” the ability of users at the network's end points to create, distribute, and run whatever software code they choose (7). There are good reasons to preserve network neutrality and generativity, but it is unclear whether these are sufficient to ensure continued innovation. The larger issue is what policies are optimal to foster innovation on the Internet?

Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore 259772, Singapore.

E-mail: Viktor_MS@nus.edu.sg

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