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A historical view
A historical view

The internet as the domain of geeks:

A historical view1
A historical view

The internet as the domain of geeks:


Marturano & Bellucci,

A Debordian Analysis of Facebook, at CEPE 2009:

"Facebook and similar are rather new disguised forms of advanced capitalism that is trying to colonize the Internet by reducing the networking model to a more controllable (for old advanced capitalism) broadcasting model."

Failing the promise
Failing the promise

  • Wikipedia: democratic, but not individual

  • Another block: lack of privacy

    • How much information are we giving away?

    • Search engine: daily activities, business pursuits, personal thoughts[B. Gerber, SIGCAS, Dec. 2010]

    • What if combined with email, calendar?

  • Can we control our persona on the internet?

Web science
Web Science

J. Hendler et al., CACM, July 2008

  • How to model the network?

    • Web graph

      • Connections, not content

    • Artificial languages + protocols

      • Does not explain popularity

  • How stable is the network?

    • Loose collection of standards

    • Key development tool: testing

    • Are services provided fairly?

Web science1
Web Science

  • What is an effective model for privacy?

    • Current view: friends around the table

      • Can’t ensure such things as “my employer will never see this picture”

    • How to develop a better model?

      • Suggestion: need multiple, interconnected social network providers

      • Each would capture a different social process

      • Need technologies allowing user communities to construct, share, and adapt social machines


  • What do we need to realize a “virtual self”?

    • Free, open, reliable communication

    • Control on how that information is distributed

  • Web science

    • attempting to remove barriers at the technical level

  • Open question: what are the other barriers?