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Date July 2014 / Category News

Instead of embracing the efforts of their fans, IKEA tries to shut down their sites. As I write in my book Bastard Culture! this is not a smart idea. Harassing fan sites will do more damage to a brand than these sites can do. Sony found out when they shut down an AIBO fan site back in 2001.

Tags fan sites user participation

Date March 2014 / Category News

On 24 and 25 March 2014 The Hague will host the third Nuclear Security Summit. The summit is explicitly concerned with the alleged threat of nuclear terrorism and seeks ways of protecting  nuclear material to fall into the hands of so-called terrorists. The Utrecht Data School seizes the opportunity to map this large event and the various issues revolving around it, as well as the participating audiences as they are displayed in the connected public sphere.

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Date July 2014

In midst of an overly enthusiastic chorus of techno-optimists praising the benefits of big data, Evgeny Morozov remains the critical voice raising issues about the pitfalls and dangers of a world where every device and every user activity contributes to a real-time dragnet investigation of citizens.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/20...

Date July 2014

Reporters Without Borders has released their latest report on the state of press freedom in the world.

http://rsf.org/index2014/en-index2014.ph...

Date June 2014

Jill Lepore dissects in this article for the New Yorker the currently overly hyped 'innovator's dilemma'. Lepore notes that Christensen cherry-picked his examples to make his theory appear sound and presents a number of examples that contradict his argument.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/...

Date June 2014

Inside Higher Education points fingers to the outragous practices of publishers to bully libraries into paying unjustified prices for scientific journals.

http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/libr...

Date June 2014

Florian Cramer stellt in seinem treffenden Kommentar fest, dass sowohl die Jury des Friendenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels als auch weite Teile des Feuilletons Jaron Lanier entweder nicht gut gelsen oder aber nicht verstanden haben.

Date April 2014

Distinguished historian of science, Peter Galison investigated the culture and practice of secrecy in a post 9-11 world in his documentary Secrecy. In this article he discusses how the security authorities surveillance programs and mass surveillance will render own actions and transform our conditio humana to a perpetual state of pervasive self-censorship.

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/se...

Date April 2014

The second installment of Alexandra Greer's series of articles on scientific publishing describes the impact of open access publishing and the politics of traditional publishers to deal with it.

http://synapse.ucsf.edu/articles/2014/04...

Date April 2014

Alexandra Greer published a series of three articles at Synapse on scientific publishing. The first installement describes how the new practices and technologies transform publishers.

http://synapse.ucsf.edu/articles/2014/03...

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