Glorious

In the last few weeks Mark Bernstein, a leading light in digital culture, and an established figure in the hypertext and web community has posted a sequence of articles (Infamous, Careless, Thoughtless, Reckless and most recently Caring) on #Gamergate and that movement’s use of Wikipedia. Particularly the proposal by the Arbitration Committee to ban key editors who were taking issue with Gamergater’s actions, […]

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Brutal Engineering

Over the last few months I have been co-organising a workshop for this year’s Web Science Conference on interdisciplinary; the aim is to collect together interdisciplinary experiences (from Coups and Calamities) and reflect on some of the disciplinary differences that make Web Science research so interesting. It has caused me to pause and reflect a […]

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In Praise of the Ephemeral

There is a creeping view in our society that data is forever. For some reason whilst we are happy for our spoken words to vanish into the ether, our written words and media must be hewn in stone (or at least backed up at an off-site data centre). Judge of the Nations, spare us yet, […]

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Rise of the Other Web

Isn’t the Web great? Isn’t it crazy and anarchic, vibrant and wild, unpredictable, awesome and thoroughly marvelous? Well it has been, but there is no guarantee that it will stay that way. I’ve been working with and researching Hypertext for nearly fifteen years. The Hypertext systems that I studied for my PhD were alternative contemporaries […]

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Thank you for the Music

For over two years now we have been able to download music online – and by music I of course mean music that you have rights to, music that you own, music with no Digital Rights Management (DRM). In fact the trickle of real music download sites became a flood when Amazon stepped in, and […]

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Web Literacy Revisited

How do modern students study, and how good are they at it? That’s the question posed by the emerging topic of digital literacy. Last week I attended the Shock of the Old event in Oxford that addressed this question. The topic of digital literacy is particular interesting to me because for the past year or […]

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