Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Others to Address Human Rights Violations

An important press release came out this week regarding a coalition of Internet companies, IT providers, human rights organizations, and academics joining forces to address human rights violations enabled by technologies and practices by some of the member organizations, such…

Vaidhyanathan: “No Thanks” to Person of the Year

Siva Vaidhyanathan says "no thanks" to Time magazine naming "you" Person of the Year. From his essay on MSNBC.com: ... Well, thank you, Time, for hyping me, overvaluing me, using me to sell my image back to me, profiling me,…

Google Earth Boosts Social Activism in Bahrain

A student (thanks, Gui!) pointed me to this Financial Times story about how Google Earth is fueling the push towards a more egalitarian society now that poorer citizens can spy on the massive and extravagant properties of the wealthier class:…

Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade

The FTC is holding a set of public hearings November 6-8 called Protecting Consumers in the Next Tech-ade, bringing together a diverse collection of scholars and practioners "to examine the key technological and business developments that will shape consumers' core…

Debrief: Social Software and Web 2.0 seminar

I presented at the Social Software and Web 2.0: Critical Perspectives and Challenges for Research and Business seminar and workshop a few days ago at Aalborg University in Denmark. My talk, "The Panoptic Gaze of Web 2.0: How Web 2.0…

Registration Open: Identity and Identification in a Networked World

Registration is now open for the "Identity and Identification in a Networked World" multidisciplinary graduate student symposium, September 29-30, 2006 at the NYU School of Law. Twenty graduate students from across North America and Europe will share their exciting research…

NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded a Science & Society Dissertation Improvement Grant from the Division of Social and Economic Sciences of the National Science Foundation. This grant will support my dissertation research of the value…

Amnesty Blasts Google, Microsoft, Yahoo

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have undermined the rights of Chinese to freedom of expression through their actions in China, according to Amnesty International."All three companies have, in one way or another, facilitated or colluded in the practice of censorship in…