Receding Horizons

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…

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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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Digital Citizenship

There is a social construction online that we call a place to live and work, to be counted as its citizens, for lack of a better word. Karen Mossberg defines #digital citizenship as “the ability to participate in society online.” The definition makes sense, but…

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Nature´s Metropolis

A book by William Cronon William Cronon’s Nature’s Metropolis is a history of Chicago. A city that emerged in the northern Midwest against considerable odds; but nevertheless achieved in a very short period of time a position of dominance in trade, in particular for lumber…

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The New Sit-ins are a Hashtag

The recent uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have rekindled the discussion about the role of social networks, and triggered a speech by Secretary Clinton about Internet freedom. The speech emphasizes that it is the people who change regimes, but access to the Internet must be…

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Taking the Square: Digital Activism in Spain

Nobody expects the spanishrevolution. With this Python-inspired phrase and a V-mask a protester made the point that the Spanish political system is in turmoil. The construction bubble that sustained economic growth burst with the financial crisis of 2008. The result is a high level of…

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Democracy, Crowds and New Media

In Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), flocks have acquired some strange way of communicating and coordinating actions. The birds form swarms with a purpose: to challenge the peace of a small town.  Mrs. Bundy points out that they should not “have sufficient intelligence to launch a massed…

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Internet Freedom and Human Rights

In her recent speech in Washington DC, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton spoke of the Internet as the “new nervous system for our planet,” and about protecting its “basic freedoms.” She stopped short of advocating a human right to Internet #freedom. Her idea…

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Acerca de Jerarquías (On Hierarchies)

Nota: Este articulo se publico originalmente en el Blog Viralogia Los economistas modernos han restado importancia a un error.  Según ellos nuestro paradigma social y económico es la racionalidad y el interés propio. Pero el interés propio no describe por completo la motivación humana y…

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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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