Gutenberg’s printing press is widely (and rightfully!) celebrated as an innovation of epic scale. It fundamentally changed society as it existed up until that point. Printed materials became easy to produce, heralding a new age of information and idea dissemination.
Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations has a related invention that is not as commonly known:
In 1501 Aldus …
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A new year is upon us. When we look back to the beginning of 2011 for Appropriate IT, I remember feeling like we were wishing upon a star. We had an audacious idea of what we wanted to achieve – enable under-privileged young women become full participants in the …
2011 has been a great year for Kenya in the areas of access to information and open data.
First, in April 2011, Kenya Gazette Notices dating back to 1906 were digitized and made available online through a partnership between Kenya Law Review and Google Kenya.
Then, in July, Kenya partnered with Google Books to release 60 years of Kenya’s Hansard (the official report of parliamentary …
Google’s Fusion Tables, a way to manage large amounts of data online with powerful visualization capabilities built into it, was recently graduated out of Google Labs and became an app available on the Google Apps dashboard. I have used Google’s Spreadsheet Mapper to create embeddable maps before, so I needed to know what Google Fusion Tables is all about and whether I need to …
Alma Whitten (Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering, Google) in her blog post “The freedom to be who you want to be…“ makes the distinction between three modes of online use which Google sees itself as serving. The distinction between the three is important for those of us who are interested in online privacy, especially for those activists who are working in closed …
Rules for organizing a protest from How Did the Wisconsin Capitol Occupation Begin, Anyway? by Rebecca Greenfield in today’s The Atlantic:
1. Be flexible. Adapt your plans according to events as they happen.
That night was the first of 10 — and counting — that hundreds have occupied the Wisconsin state Capitol. The TAA hadn’t planned to stay there overnight. “It emerged rather organically,” explains …
A few thoughts on How WordPress is Made:
Distributed work environments are going to become increasingly more common. Questions of how to foster team collaboration or create a company culture will become more complex.
Email is not very popular. Most of the work is done by P2s, IRC, and Skype. This one is a relief, since I was under the impression that I am …
From ReadWriteWeb. Slightly dated, but still very useful list of tools to archive your twitter history. Someone, please build a usable Twitter archive app. :-)
10 Ways to Archive Your TweetsBy Sarah Perez / August 11, 2009 6:48 AMhttp://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/10_ways_to_archive_your_tweets.php
What that means is something tweeted prior to a week and a half ago can never be retrieved via search.twitter.com. That’s bad for …
Initial research suggests that box.net may be one possible option. Reasons to like:
Folder level security options for sharing
Sync via a directory on local desktop
Full text search for business and enterprise users
Widgets allow sharing certain folders within intranets or websites
Built-in project collaboration and workflow
Similar use in a non profit organization: Case study of C3 Colorectal Cancer Coalition
Integrates with Google …