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Return of the Thought Police
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The NFL: Followship Not Leadership
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What Makes the Ice Bucket Challenge Go
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Hashtag Activism #Fail
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A Civility Pledge
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Online Harassment
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Facebook’s Default Setting
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Mapping Relationships Between Influentials

Return of the Thought Police

In 1984, George Orwell introduced the Thought Police, the omnipresent, omniscient surveillance force that arrested and re-programmed people having heretical thoughts. We are living in a society that is coming dangerously close to Orwell’s dystopian vision. We live in a surveillance state where nearly every utterance  and act is being captured digitally. What is different[...]

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The NFL: Followship Not Leadership

Yesterday, Ray Rice was expelled from the NFL for hitting his wife. Of course, we have known this for seven months. We didn’t learn anything new yesterday, but we saw it for the first time. And that changed everything. Unfortunately. What yesterday’s reaction from the Ravens and the NFL did most of all was highlight[...]

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What Makes the Ice Bucket Challenge Go

In the midst of a dreary summer of war and disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge has popped out as an opportunity to have fun and support a cause collectively. The essence of the challenge is that people post videos of themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their head and challenge three other people to[...]

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Hashtag Activism #Fail

There has been a lot of talk this year about #hashtag activism. Campaigns have included #yesallwoman in response to the dreadful shooting by a misogynist shooter, Eliot Rodgers, in Isla Vista, CA. There was #cancelcolbert in response to a racist joke by comedian Stephen Colbert. Perhaps the most visible campaign is #bringbackourgirls in response to[...]

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A Civility Pledge

I’ve been thinking and talking to folks like Henry Timms of the 92nd Street Y and Andrea Weckerle about the need for a new civility online. The Libertarian ideals around which the Web was built are no longer sufficient for the level of civility we need to ensure the civility of our online commons. Matterness[...]

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Online Harassment

I had two very interesting conversations yesterday with experts in the field of online harassment, Allyson Kapin of Rad Campaign and Andrea Weckerle of CiviliNation. Allyson posted this inforgraphic about the rate of harassment between men and women online: There is a lot more to the infographic of the results from a survey of over[...]

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Facebook’s Default Setting

Facebook’s big announcement this week that they are changing the default settings for new users (from public to friends) and existing users (a reminder to check one’s privacy settings) was yet another red herring in the ongoing public posturing by Facebook of appearing to care about users’ privacy.  Facebook is what it has always been:[...]

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Mapping Relationships Between Influentials

This month’s Social Good podcast is about a company called Relationship Science (RelSci) that has built an enormous database of the connections between influentials. I don’t usual feature a company on the podcast, and at first glance I thought it was yet another big box filled with names of people who give a lot of[...]

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