The Internet of Things (IoT)

Imagine all the devices, clothes, and objects that you use in your everyday life have tiny censors and computers, have networked capabilities, and constantly collect, exchange, and synthesize data¬† in autonomous ways. From your wrist watch to your tennis shoes; from the bedroom¬†light bulb to the toaster in the kitchen; from the TV screen to […]

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Evolving Digital Inequalities in the U.S: Working-class Latino Immigrant Families and Networked Computers at Home

The sociocultural activities of immigrant parents have always been an essential part of the American experience. As a country made up of newcomers, the United States has been historically transformed by the incorporation of foreigners and their children. Because this process happens at a large scale, the U.S. population has increasingly become more ethnically and […]

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Parking at Free Wi-Fi Spots : Coffeehouses in a Networked Communication Environment

It is not just about coffee, it is more about the space, and in particular, about the “free” and “open” public/private space. The importance of coffeehouses as social spaces has been well documented in studies across multiple disciplines. Jurgen Habermas (1962) talked about the existence of coffeehouses as one of the crucial spaces for rational […]

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Debriefing Wikimania 2012 (part 3)

It was great to find out about the different kinds of collaborations that are emerging between Wikipedia and other open knowledge projects. As the projects grow and their databases become more complex and rich, members of the communities have been experimenting with different ways of integrating their data, creating interesting mash-ups. For instance, the integration […]

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