Ethan writes about his 2×2 model of social media.
Prospect (UK): How to stop the internet becoming a junk heap
Ethan on enshitification.
How to Start a Guild with Kei Kreutler and T.L. Taylor (Trust episode 3)
Almost two decades ago, World of Warcraft gamers started gathering in guilds to share resources and organize raids. Did they create one of the most trustful types of communities on the entire Internet? This week on our trust mini-series, we talk about how artist and gaming communities cooperate with artist Kei Kreutler and sociologist of… Continue reading How to Start a Guild with Kei Kreutler and T.L. Taylor (Trust episode 3)
Creating PublicSpaces by Geert-Jan Bogaerts, José Van Dijck, and Ethan Zuckerman
In Digital Government: Research and Practice. Abstract: Institutions like public broadcasters and universities face conflicts of values when using surveillant digital tools: organizations bound to protect the privacy and respect their autonomy of their constituents – which we term “values-led organizations” – find those values undermined by tools they must use to conduct business online.… Continue reading Creating PublicSpaces by Geert-Jan Bogaerts, José Van Dijck, and Ethan Zuckerman
Keyword: Accidental Infrastructure
This is an entry in our Keyword series, where we try to define the terms you’ll often hear when people talk about building a better Internet and put those keywords in their current context. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, people and organizations needed a new virtual space to host all kinds of… Continue reading Keyword: Accidental Infrastructure
Prospect (UK): Tech has an innate problem with bullshitters. But we don’t need to let them win
Ethan on bullshit.
How social media could teach us to be better citizens by Ethan Zuckerman
In Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society – Special Issue on “Digital Citizenship.” Abstract: In 1995, social scientist Robert Putnam suggested that American civic life was weakening because people were retreating from public spaces. Local organizations from bowling leagues to men’s lodges, Putnam believed, helped train citizens in the mechanics of civics. People learn to… Continue reading How social media could teach us to be better citizens by Ethan Zuckerman
Prospect (UK): What we would lose in a world without Twitter
Ethan writes about the dawn of Twitter’s Elon Musk era.
Prospect (UK): Is social media like a newspaper or a telephone? The answer has big implications
Ethan writes about how we should categorize platforms in order to regulate them.
Gobo 2.0: All Your Social Media in One Place
Rather than opening one app for Twitter, another for Mastodon, and yet another for Reddit, what if you could view all three together? Furthermore, what if you could filter and prioritize your content from each platform, taking control of your own feed instead of depending on proprietary algorithms? This is what we are hoping to achieve with the next iteration of iDPI’s Gobo project.