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WSIEthics2016

And now for the really fun part … Ethics and the Web

This week the Web Science Institute hosted it’s first Ethics Symposium.  The event drew together a wonderfully diverse audience who were treated to with two excellent presentations from Woodrow Hartzog and Mireille Hildebrandt plus a vigorous panel discussion moderated by Thanassis Tirpoanis. Over the past six months Thanassis, Caroline Wilson, Leanne Fry and I have […]

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It’s about the people, stupid!

Last week I attended the “Humanising the Robot Economy” at Nesta, which was essentially the launch of “Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy”. This, together with the “Fourth Revolution” at the RSA, reinforced for me the challenge we are facing as a society to both understand the integrate this current “revolution” […]

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The World Wide Web and a still divided information world

This photograph says it all really! Three people, armed with smartphones, on the top of a skyscraper overlooking a polluted city. It was taken on the top floor of the Seoul CODEX Intercontinental Hotel just prior to having the most expensive gin and tonic in history (at least for us!). We were attending the 23rd […]

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Social machines in Action – Second ANZSOG Report

We have just released our second ANZSOG Research report as part of our “Government as a Social Machine” which can be downloaded here. This report concludes this initial research work which has resulted from the work that I have been doing with Peter Thompson for ANZSOG over the past four years. The second report follows […]

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Government … within a social machine ecosystem

Last week we submitted our {Government as a Social Machine in an Ecosystem” Paper for the SOCIAM workshop to be held at the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference in Seoul. The paper is the result of numerous  conversations which began with the ANZSOG research project (see our first report here), the visit of Dame […]

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The science of mind, and spirit

There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest numbers of noble and happy human beings; that man is richest, who, having perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the widest helpful […]

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Government as a Social Machine – First Report

Today ANZSOG released the first report on our “Government as a Social Machine” research project which can be found on the ANZSOG site here. It is also available on the Intersticia site here. You may recall that I wrote about this research in a previous post. This brings together the “desk research” phase of the […]

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Keeping it real

Keeping it “real”

Last week I went to “Vivid Sydney” and, in particular, Genevieve Bell’s presentation as part of the “Festival of Big Ideas” with the specific challenge of talking about the “Ten Commandments:  Keep it real”. I have written about Genevieve in numerous posts, and continually find her refreshing approach to the study of technology both insightful […]

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WebSci 2013 Paris

In the last couple of weeks I have been immersed in the world of “Web Science”, initially with a workshop on the “SOCIAM” project at the University of Southampton, and, following that, with the Web Science 2013 Conference in Paris. Both events have given me an opportunity to more fully understand a little more about […]

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Web Science and the rise of the “social machine”

In October of 2012 the Institute of Metadata Management formally changed its name to “Web Science Australia”.  As a part of our “soft launch”, which is gradually happening throughout 2013, and will culminate in the 12th International Semantic Web Conference in Sydney in October, I thought I would expand a little upon the emerging discipline […]

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