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post-verdad y noticias falsificadas

No suelo escribir posts de seguimiento a textos anteriores, pero a raíz de mi último post sobre las noticias falsificadas (#fake news) he recibido una serie de preguntas que me han motivado a escribir este segundo texto explicando algunas cosas, que no diciendo la última

Madrid 2016 y la post-verdad

Ha iniciado 2017 hace unos cuantos días, y al mirar mi blog… me di cuenta de que el último texto publicado tiene un año de antigüedad, casi al día exacto. Durante 2016 he estado la verdad muy ocupado para atender el blog… he escrito dos libros de no

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Computing: Ubiquitous, Pervasive and Social (Human)

The publication of the book “The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It”  by Jonathan Zittrain opened up an important discussion about the form that the Internet might be adopting as a social and political phenomenon.  At about the same of publication the article “Ubiquitous

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The Memory of the Social Thing

Some ideas about how to go approach writing a history of the Online Social Network, the Virtual World (and MMORPGs)… The first step is to consider how Tom Standage has made a good case that the first instance of a social network, albeit not online or

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The Kamikaze: sabotage of the system

As the V-1s and V-2s started flying off from Pennemuende to London, fire control systems were confronted with a new kind of threat.  The flight of the rockets was highly predictable, and the control systems quickly adapted, or learned, how to deal with them.  A

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The Herd Effect

We digital citizens are sometimes described as a herd.  We follow leaders, gather at certain places to exchange information, roam.  The herd can muster collective action, very much like swarms, using the most basic signals and feedback.  The herd is also a New Commons and its social capital

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Reality Mining and Obscurity

Human Ethics is based upon 3 principles: The first is a claim that there is something bigger than the human being itself that supports every system of thought or natural law.  The second two are about how humans relate to one another in a social and political setting: Reciprocity and

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Everything Global?

Everything seems to be going “global”.  Some examples will show this: Wars are looking more and more like global police actions, rather than international conflicts. The financial systems allows money to flow globally, very much like in the heyday of the Gold Standard.  Even the

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Space, Change and Citizenship

We exist in a constant balance of freedom and constrain.  This is so in the physical space, in our spiritual and moral spheres, in our relationship with the economy, politics and the law, and it is the reality of our body in relationship with its surroundings.  The outcomes of evolution and ecology

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Collective Memory

Some years before Vannevar Bush wrote about the Memex, the solitary Jorge Luis Borges penned a singular short story: Funes el Memorioso.   There is a good translation by Andrew Hurley, with the somewhat awkward title of Funes, His Memory.   At first it may seem strange to