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Top 12 Media Lab Social Technologies

During my work on Social Mirror, tablet tech for social checkups, I have been inspired by other amazing Media Lab social technologies. Here are 12 of the projects which I have found most inspiring, including one or two from other universities.

Did I miss a project you love? Post your favourites in the comments. 

Social Empowerment through Networks

Can social checkups empower marginalized teenagers? In 2001, Leo Burd, now a researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media, conducted several paper-based studies at Computer Clubhouse, with positive results. Leo is now an advisor on the Social Mirror software.

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 textfiles.com, 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.

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