Archive for November, 2007

Virtual Citizenship, Part VIII: Vernor Vinge, Discussion

Questions: Bill Warters, Wayne State University: Did your system include any systems for conflict resolution?VV: Considering the intellectual ensemble of groups available now with networks, it is possible that you may get better answers to questions.  Area of internet is rich in potential for inventing dispute resolution techniques.  These are areas that I have great […]

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Virtual Citizenship, Part VII: Vernor Vinge

Vernor Vinge, "People Power in the Future" No one knows the future, so scenarios are much preferred to predictions (and for some the most important issues, scenarios are more useful than elaborate probability analysis). Straight line linear projections, predictions from the futurists of the 1970’s in regard to oil prices proved accurate with regard to […]

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Virtual Citizenship, Part VI: Wendy Chun, Discussion

Vernor Vinge: Was this regarded as acceptable? Wendy Chun: There was a response both of horror and relief. Some of these relationships became engaged productively as a way of negotiating tension. Bill Warters: How should we understand paranoia. I’ve always thought it odd that people think that they’re always being watched but that you may […]

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Virtual Citizenship, Part V: Wendy Chun

Address the relationship between virtual citizenship and new technologies by the relationship between control and freedom. High speed information technologies put in place a basic insecurity. This can have a rather nasty side effect, which is human paranoia. Because we cannot know what our computers are doing, we become paranoid. We begin to behave as […]

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Virtual Citizenship, Part IV: Russell Dalton, Discussion

Questions: Julie Thompson Klein: Citizen activism is going on all over the place organized through the internet.RD: Katrina efforts were impressive, but even more is the transition of spring break to service projects.  Groups of students are institutionalizing the experience and find other ways to go on breaks to do various things.  Among the new […]

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Virtual Citizenship, Part III: Russell Dalton

Is American Democracy at Risk? The best and brightest on American democracy suggest that democracy is at risk because of /us/, because we are poor citizens.   This is consistent with a whole range of studies claiming we are disengaged from politics and American democracy is at risk.  And who do they say is most at […]

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Virtual Citizenship, Part II: Fred Stutzman

Audience Member: With the Facebook newsfeed, I’m wondering how the virtual connections are affecting peoples communication in the real world.FS: The question is are these networks changing everything.  As humans, I think we change pretty slowly.  It does not become acceptable to do things just because they are on the social network.  These things are, […]

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Virtual Citizenship, Part I: Fred Stutzman

On the occasion of our Symposium on Virtual Citizenshiphttp://www.lib.wayne.edu/virshipI will attempt a bit of live blogging.  Fred Stutzman Theories of Networks danah boyd’s Theory of Network Publics1. Persistence – what you say, what you do, exists.  It stays in the network.  It is like your google profile–it will stay with you whether you want it […]

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