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The Internet: Packets, Routing and Reliability - YouTube
code.org - Spotify engineer Lynn Root and Vint Cerf, father of the internet, explain what keeps the internet running and how information is broken down into packets.
digital_literacy 
september 2015 by robincamille
Critique and Making = Alexander R. Galloway in Conversation with Garnet Hertz
The problem is that these forms of "hacking the university" sometimes produce, perhaps unwittingly, a new makeover of the university along neo-liberal lines. Ideas like "Let's turn seminars into laboratories for entrepreneurship"--I don't think that's a good idea. I'm not against entrepreneurship, but I don't think that, outside of business school, this is what universities are for, particularly the liberal arts and humanities parts of the university. I'm quite traditional on that point. Having said that, I'm also a staunch advocate of digital literacy. As Kittler said, to be a person in the modern world, one should know at least one foreign language and one computer language. So let's learn how to code, but let's also read Plato. Ultimately these two domains can be contemplated together--think of Plato's special relationship to mathematics, for example. ... In terms of interesting projects, the holy grail is still ad hoc networking. Once we have truly viable ad hoc networking, rolled out to a significant number of machines and mobile devices, at that point, we will see a major shift in technology and modes of sociability. It's starting to happen with apps like FireChat. But it's still not completely mainstream, unfortunately. Imagine if the Occupy Movement was not a quote-unquote "Twitter revolution"--which is such a ridiculous and problematic notion to begin with!--rather, imagine if it was completely ad hoc, imagine if the network itself was local and ad hoc. Things would be very different. (It would send the NSA into a tizzy, for one thing, and completely force state surveillance to reorganize itself around compromising hardware and OS software, some of which they've already accomplished, instead of simply hoovering the Internet backbone--but that's another conversation entirely.) I suspect ad hoc networking will have the kind of transformative impact that something like Bittorrent had in the past.
higher_ed  digital_literacy  hackerspace 
august 2015 by robincamille
Domain Stories | Citizen Ex
Stories of TLDs -

"We often think about the internet as something remote, distant, and ephemeral, and use terms like "the cloud" to describe it. But in fact, the internet is very real, and very solid: a world-wide infrastructure of computers, cables, routers - and people. And that infrastructure means its connected to real places, with real territory, real citizens, and real politics."
digital_literacy  internet 
july 2015 by robincamille
The story of .io | Citizen Ex
The undersea cables and satellite dishes which carry today’s bits and bytes still trace the old ship routes of national empires. — James Bridle
internet  digital_literacy 
july 2015 by robincamille
Missed connections: what search engines say about women -- S. Noble -- 2012
how should search engines display results for racial, gendered, and sexual identity queries? how can they avoid replaying the same old bigotry? -- the results i now get when searching for terms like 'black women' and 'latina' seem vastly improved since 2012.
tech  race  gender  digital_literacy 
april 2015 by robincamille
How to Curate Your Digital Identity as an Academic - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Take control. In a nutshell, if you do not have a clear online presence, you are allowing Google, Yahoo, and Bing to create your identity for you. As a Lifehacker post on this topic once noted: "You want search engine queries to direct to you and your accomplishments, not your virtual doppelgangers."
digital_literacy 
january 2015 by robincamille
Domain of One's Own
provides domain names and Web space to members of the UMW community, encouraging individuals to explore the creation and development of their digital identities.
digital_literacy  teaching 
january 2015 by robincamille
Bjork TV - YouTube
"So all that's on TV, it just goes directly into your brain and you stop judging it's right or not. You just swallow and swallow. This is what an Icelandic poet told me. And I became so scared to television that I always got headaches when I watched it. Then, later on, when I got my Danish book on television, I stopped being afraid because I read the truth, the scientifical truth and it was much better. You shouldn't let poets lie to you."
digital_literacy  gorgeous  funny 
november 2013 by robincamille
Technology | Digital Labor Working Group
Algorithms
Cybernetics/Information
Data
History
Interfaces
Machines/The Machinic
Networks
digital_literacy  algorithms 
october 2013 by robincamille
Addicted to Apps - NYTimes.com
But we cannot rely on the makers of new technology to think about the moral and privacy implications, [Ellen Ullman] said. “There is not a lot of internal searching among engineers,” she said. “They are not encouraged to say, ‘What does that mean for society?’ That job is left for others. And the law and social norms trail in dealing with the pace of technical changes right now.”
digital_literacy 
september 2013 by robincamille

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