I am afraid of the corporitazion of the internet.
When I think back to the 80’s and early 90’s, I imagine an internet which was a subversive space where the normal expectations, rules and regulations of society did not need apply. I look around me and I see the privatization of the online experience (the experience, not the access – the access has been private for a longer time) and the commodization of features which were fundamental and free a couple of years ago.
I believe that “being able to choose one’s identity” is a right in the digital age.
This right relates to the idea that the internet can act as a window into worlds we could not have otherwise accessed. Many factors influence one’s identity, I like to think of identity as a complex system, the emergent property is the feeling of a unified experience of being “me”, yet the multiple variables are my culture, language, life experiences and so on. The internet allows us to play around with some of those variables in interesting ways.
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During the 2nd day of the "Digital Natives with a Cause?" workshop in Santiago, we had a bar camp and Andres Azpura proposed talking about digital rights. I joined the conversation a bit late, but I was able to learn a lot about how Luis Carlos and Roberto from Peru, Joan from the Dominican Republic and Brendon from Trinidad and Tobago see questions about digital rights.
Marc Prentsky, who coined the term digital natives back in 2001, wrote in 2009 an article where he tries to move away from the “native” VS “immigrant” dichotomy. Prentsky introduces a concept, digital wisdom, and to define it he seeks to find those areas in which our traditional wisdom fails us and see how digital technologies can help. Prentsky believes digital technologies can not only make us smarter but truly wiser, and a main component of this new digitally-defined wisdom is the acceptance of digital enhancements as an integral part of human existence.
I just watched this ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZAG9I0nC_0 and instantly a million questions popped into my head. After being a bit more knowledgeable about youth and technology and especially after all the intense conversations at the Digital Natives with a Cause? Workshop in Johannesburg, I am more in tune with the issues going on around me. Whereas before I would have seen the ad and dismissed it as a typical attempt to sell me something, this time I tried to analyze the how’s and the why’s behind the content.
Hey all, Check out this article. The original to be found here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp//lifestyleindiatelecommarriage
NEW DELHI (AFP) – A local council in northern India has banned unmarried women from carrying mobile telephones to halt a series of illicit romances between partners from different castes, media reports said Wednesday.
The Baliyan council in Uttar Pradesh state decided to act after at least 23 young couples ran away and got married over the last year against their parents' wishes.
walk into a bar. No - this is not a more cultural version of the joke, it was the first scene of the 3-day workshop which kick-started earlier tonight. I have a great feeling about the talented group of people I had the pleasure of meeting, hence the smiley face. This is just a small update to let everyone know that we ARE having an immensely productive, activity filled, expectations breaking, sleep depriving at times, horizon expanding and mostly fun 3 days ahead of us.