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A Response to “Philosophies of Cyber and Real Selves”. Rob Hasker. A historical view. The internet as the domain of geeks:. A historical view. The internet as the domain of geeks:. August 1991. August 1991. Communication via the internet. A small world:.

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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?