Glass, Filter Bubbles, & Lifestreams – connecting the dots

On a server somewhere there is a file with your name on it with more information about you than you have on yourself. The server can predict your every move with impressive accuracy, it knows where you are, where you are going, and who you are interacting with. And at every turn in your life it will use this information to try to influence your decisions and your actions. This is not science fiction nor the future. This is happening today, right now, as you are reading this and considering who to share it with. Tomorrow it will be right in front of your eyes changing your reality. Big Brother could be so lucky…

Capping the Net – You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Till It’s Gone

If you don’t want to read all my ramblings, here is what I want you to do to help protect and preserve the free and clear open web: Go to http://stopthemeter.ca and sign the petition Send all your friends, family, frenemies, school aquaintences and your neighbour’s cat to the same site and get them to…

10 steps to save the newspaper

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the imminent death of the traditional newspaper. And with good reason. Over the last year or so several papers, both minor and major, have gone belly up. There are many reasons for this trend: More people are turning to the internet to get their news. The internet…

Top 10 rules of Twitter etiquette

This weekend the Vancouver Twitter crowd bore witness to what can only be described as an attempted social suicide live on Twitter. A relatively well followed Twitter personality decided that a late Friday night would be the perfect time to “call another Tweeter out” as a “fake” and take what should have been a personal…