Greg Elliott & Hugo Van Vuuren on the Communication Crises and the Evolution of Personal and Cultural Protocols


There is a full-scale “communication crisis” going on. Otherwise meaningful conversations and valuable data points are spread incoherently across various platforms. As communication channels increase in number and function, how will formerly society-wide notions of culture and protocol evolve to a personal and group level?

Greg Elliott — a master’s student at the MIT Media Lab — and Hugo Van Vuuren — a Berkman fellow — present Protocol, a tool to help users communicate their personal communication preferences over multiple communication platforms (in beta at

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