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Bringing a Nation's Archives Online

(a Civic lunch liveblogged with Nathan Matias and Rahul Bhargava)

Today, we're hearing from the National Archives and Records Adminisration about the archives they maintain, how they're making those archives available online at Archives.gov, and approaches to sharing the archives to broader audiences.

Pamela Wright is the Chief Innovation Officer at the National Archives and Records Administration. Bill Mayer is the Executive for Research Services at NARA. Michael Moore is the Access Coordinator for Research Services East (right here in Waltham, MA).

Coping with Hyperconnectivity

Liveblog of the "Coping with hyperconnectivity" panel at NetExplo at UNESCO in Paris. The speaker is Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Deputy Chief Executive Office of France Telecom Group.

One argument about information in our times is that we are submerged by the sheer amount of digital information we receive -- we are drowning in it. So we do our best to disconnect ourselves. Others argue that this intentional disconnection phenomenon hasn't been studied enough to confirm. One thing is certain: technology influences our relationship with time. The internet changes our temporal space. Technology tends to promise to save us time, but it's clear that the internet can also eat into the few spare minutes we once had.

Delphine uses Twitter, but not Facebook. She uses Twitter for her job.

How to Find your Dream Job by Playing Games

(more NetExplo liveblogging from Paris)

Epistemic gaming is the emerging field of games for assessment. It's an evolution from the immensely profitable field of psychometric testing, where Myers Briggs and StrengthsFinder tests promise to help us identify our individual personality traits and intelligence styles to create better harmony and results in the workplace (for a healthy per-employee fee).

NetExplo luareate ConnectCubed is a meritocratic game-based approach to job recruiting. Founder Michael Tanenbaum found himself excluded from the banking recruiting process, which made him wonder how many other qualified employees were being missed. At its most basic layer, ConnectCubed is a platform of games to help job candidates identify the best fit.

Using Tech in Africa as a Lever for Change (Amadou Mahtar)

(Liveblog post from #netexplo)

In the introduction, it's mentioned that AllAfrica is hosting the anniversary of USA4Africa We Are the World, and will promote crowdsourced versions of the song (parody away).

Amadou Mahtar (@amahtarba) of AllAfrica and African Media Initiative speaks on the use of the Internet and technology in Africa as levers for democracy and economic and social change. Technology is pointless, Amadou says, unless it improves human life, particularly in the context of the African continent.

Amadou provides a disclaimer that his talk today is more of a religion than a science. It comes from his personal belief in greater connectivity to provide greater economic and human development.

Your Body as Platform

I'm at NetExplo at UNESCO in Paris today. They're presenting awards to the year's most innovative technologies today and tomorrow (including our project, LazyTruth). I'll liveblog as long as wifi and battery (personal and laptop) allow!

Nanshu Lu, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Austin, won Grand Prix for epidermal electronics, or bio-integrated peel-on electronic devices. The technology works within the metaphor of a temporary tattoo. Nanshu specializes in the material science involved (which, one can imagine, is considerable). She's worked with a team led by Professor John Rogers, a pioneer in the space.

The field of bio-integrated electronics allows new interfaces to measure human bio feedback data, like body temperature, activity, stress.

Nanshu says the team's research is motivated in large part by the imagination of science fiction writers, and specifically threatens to bring us T-2000 from Terminator.

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