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Mixed Realities wrapup

Well, that was a fun panel we just had — we managed to hit most of the topics on our list and had some lively exchanges among panelists and with the audiences. There was a surprising interest among the audience about virtual “black markets” — it was unclear whether they were curious about activities online […]

Art as communicative action: why creativity matters

In my time here at the Berkman Center, steeping in the values of Creative Commons, I’ve struggled with the value of art in (post)modern society. After all, art doesn’t feed the hungry or spread democracy… does it? Perhaps it does, according to new theories positing that art plays a role in human evolution. Some of […]

Lauren Gelman to head Stanford’s Center for Internet & Society

Congratulations, Lauren, on the new appointment! I had the honor of working with Lauren on State of Play Academy, and the Stanford Center couldn’t have chosen a smarter, sharper, or nicer person to head up their work.

Facebook politics taste too

Networking is the lifeblood of all politics. So why are the Obama and other political applications for Facebook so terribly disappointing? At best, they function like bumper stickers for profile pages, and while my neighborhood’s lawn signs fill me with civic pride, I also know that sporting “I like Ike” buttons is a feeble way […]