Recent blog posts by kanarinka

Serendipity Beyond Mass Personalization

While personalization is useful in moderation, creators that employ excessive personalization might consider a warning message like the above.

This blog post is part of my epic (only to me) quest to write a thesis about serendipity and online information discovery. Here I detail the strategies that creators are using to inspire curiosity and retain user attention that do not require mass personalization. These include novel news delivery, conceptual experiments, wide spectrum/narrow format and including participatory voices.

Design Strategies for Serendipity and How They Might Fail

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Terra Incognita: 1000 Cities of the World is a global news recommendation system and game that invites readers to explore news about the 1000 most important cities in the world (some of which we guarantee you have never heard of).

Surveillance and the Open Internet

From the program: Revelations about the extent of US government surveillance of digital communications have changed the debate about internet governance, online privacy, and the role of the internet as a public sphere. In a post-Snowden era, how do we protect revelations from human rights activists? Of journalistic sources? What does surveillance mean for vulnerable populations? Will surveillance change the web as we know it from a single, connected network to one where national sovereignty is increasingly important?


Responsive Cities: Susan Crawford at the 2014 Knight Civic Media Conference

Susan Crawford on stage at the 2014 Knight-Civic Media Conference

Cities and citizens around the world are using data around the world to thicken democratic engagement. Susan Crawford will expand on themes from her new book, "The Responsive City," co-authored with Stephen Goldsmith, and the heroism it describes—together with the many open policy questions it raises.

The Calculus of Civic Engagement - Anthea Watson Strong at PDF'14

Anthea Watson Strong is a community organizer and leader on the Google civic engagement team. This is the first of two talks on what is the civic tech ecosystem, where do we fit and how do we grow it?

How can we do a better job of designing civic engagement tools? Two points: