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Social Mirror: Tablet Tech for Social Checkups

Social Mirror

Social Mirror is social checkup technology for people and organisations. Last month, the Media Lab's corporate sponsors used Social Mirror for a social checkup on their connections with our research groups. This summer, I'm testing the tablet software in UK communities in partnership with Gaia Marcus at the RSA, a prominent UK thinktank (you have probably seen their RSAnimate videos).

#ROFLCon Liveblog Roundup

ROFLCon 3 was amazing (thanks Christina and Tim!). Liveblogging the event were Matt Stempeck, Stephen Suen, and Erhardt Graeff.

Thumbs up all around!

Here is a list of Civic Media blog posts from ROFLCon::

Too Big To Know: Reddit, YouTube, Imgr at #ROFLCon

What do you do with the massive amounts of data that Internet sites are gathering?

Moderating is David Weinberger, from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The panelists include:

How big is big? May is YouTube's 7th birthday. They get 4 billion views per day. YouTube had 1 trillion views in 2011. Over one hour of video is uploaded on YouTube every second. YouTube is localized in 43 countries and in 60 languages.

On the 30th of April, Reddit had around 5.6 million votes on links, 5.6 million votes on comments, 11 million total votes, 69 thousand links submitted -- in one day!

Scams: Jason Scott on The Mysterious Case of Robert Hoquim #ROFLCON

Jason Scott is one of the people on the Internet who I most admire. The man behind, he has done amazing work archiving the history of computing through a series of documentaries like Get Lamp and the BBS Documentary.

Jason tells us that this isn’t going to be one of his funny talks.

He tells about The Mysterious Mister Hoqim, a scam artist who he has been studying for many years. Jason tells us that nobody actually knows the last things that went through Bob’s mind when he passed away. After his death, the authorities linked him to a fugitive named John Paul Aleshe. They were given access to a shipping container which belonged to him. When that happened, a multimillion dollar life of fraud fell apart.

From Micro-Fame to Nano-Fame: Nyan Cat, Me Gusta, Huh?, and Double Rainbow at #ROFLCON

ROFLCon has talked about microfame before, but the time to complete internet domination is even shorter than before. Memes now come and go at the rate of several per day, and they're also ever tinier and tinier splices of content: moving away from whole blogs to a few seconds of video here or a single image there.

What's it like to be known for a few seconds or pixels of content?

Mike Rugnetta of MemeFactory is moderating. The panelists include:

ROFLCon Keynote: Jonathan Zittrain on Memes and Society

Today with Matt Stempeck and Stephen Suen, I'm liveblogging ROFLCon, a conference for things and people who are famous on the Internet. The livenote index is here.

Christina Xu, event organiser, starts off ROFLCon to cheers. It’s amazingly packed venue: “One out of eight people in this room have done something crazy on the internet."

Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain is a Internet phenomenon. Emerging from humble beginnings as a longtime Compuserve forum sysop, he is now Professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he co-founded the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

The Weapon We Have Is Love: Andrew Slack on Fan Activism

Today at the Center for Civic Media, our guest is Andrew Slack of the Harry Potter Alliance, which he cofounded with Wizard Rock Band Harry and the Potters. Andrew is a transmedia activist (TEDx talk here) who helps fan communities organise for social change. Recently, Andrew helped launch the Hunger Is Not a Game campaign with Oxfam America, which recently attracted legal action by Lionsgate.

(today's blog post was written collaboratively with Becky Hurwitz and Matt Stempeck)

Inside/Out: Roundup of Notes from #MediaLabIO

Over the last two days, Ethan and I took notes from the Media Lab's Spring Event: Inside/Out, while Matt Stempeck led the Google Jockey team together with Joi Ito, Shahar Ronen, Misha Sra, and Arlene Ducao. It you took photos, please add them to the #MediaLabIO pool.

IO Body: Session Seven at #MediaLabIO

The seventh and final session of #MediaLabIO was on the theme of IO: Body. Here are the livenotes, created by me and Ethan Zuckerman.

  • Synthetic Organisms–Joseph Jacobson
  • Being Bionic–Hugh Herr
  • Fabricating Nature–Neri Oxman
  • Cell Constructions–Craig Venter
  • Conversation: Paola Antonelli and Craig Venter

John Hockenberry reviews our trajectory thus far - from biological communities and the lessons we might learn from them, to the intricacies of brain science. Now we find ourselves discussing life itself and the idea that life contains design principles we might learn from. To get us in the mood, Hockenberry introduces us to the idea of biomimicry by showing the front end of famous automobiles and their resemblance to his facial expressions. The Media Lab City Car, which folds to fit in small spaces, inspires him to scrunch up his face.

John announces the results of the Media Lab’s Facebook competition, asking participants to identify four mystery objects. The lab is sending Media Lab swag to the winners.

Mind: Session Six at #MediaLabIO

John Hockenberry introduces the Google Jockey team, a group of five people who are creating a livestream of google searches and links from twitter during the talks. To participate, tweet a link to #MediaLabIO, and follow along with the livestream.