Author Archives: Juan Monroy

Morozov vs. Shirky: Your Makeup for Sandy

Assignment The Internet? What is it good for? Think for a minute and explain whether the Internet, as the world’s largest network, has any use. Considering what you’ve read in Evgeny Morozov’s book The Net Delusion, have you lost your … Continue reading

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Google’s Lost Social Network

Rob Fishman, writing for BuzzFeed on Google’s Lost Social Network, describes the situation when Google killed the sharing features of Google Reader, its RSS aggregator. Convinced that it needed to compete with Facebook in the social networking realm, Google envisioned these features would exist in Google Plus, the maligned social networking platform it launched in […] Continue reading

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Google is Sticking to its Own Vision of Freedom of Expression

Virtually blocked – With no breakthrough on YouTube registration in Pakistan in sight, the authorities affirm the ban will stay: After a prolonged spell of suppressed activity, social media websites in Pakistan suddenly became alive on Dec 3, with endless … Continue reading

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Generosity: Marginal Cost of the Internet

Last year, when we read Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus, I was most taken by the point about the growth of new technologies can give rise to more culture. That cultural output may not, on the whole, necessarily be better, but … Continue reading

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Readings for the Next Two Weeks: on Open Source and on the “Net Delusion”

Over the next two weeks, I expect you to do a significant amount of reading. Don’t let me down. On Monday, December 10, we will be discussing Open Source and the Commons. You will have three short readings to do … Continue reading

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Why Strong Passwords Matter?

Remember how I was talking about passwords and the importance of having different passwords for every website you use? The length and the randomness of the characters in your password matters a great deal, too. Stephanie Miot, writing for PC … Continue reading

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Respondents to “The Filter Bubble”

Thank you to Dana, Thomas, and David for presenting today on The Filter Bubble. The respondents to this week’s presentation on The Filter Bubble are the following: Michael Alex Andrea Please submit your responses by Monday, December 3, at 6 … Continue reading

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Algorithms Awry: Pump and Dump…and Fake Google News

It appears that PRWeb, a public relations outfit that allows companies to distribute news releases to media outlets such as newspapers, websites, etc., distributed a report that Google was acquiring ICOA, a small WiFi company, for $400 million. The report was false. The "Night Singer" pumps shares during the South Seas Bubble in the Netherlands. […] Continue reading

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Inhumane Filtering

In his presentation last night, Thomas discussed the psychology of programmers as outlined in the “Hello World” chapter in Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble. Thomas’s basic argument was that programmers are so focused on creating great technology that they have … Continue reading

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Makeup Class and Final Exam

As required by CUNY and the College, we will make up the cancelled class, due to Superstorm Sandy, with an additional assignment. We cannot add a class on Monday, December 17, because the College has scheduled Wednesday classes to meet … Continue reading

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