The New Frontiers of Efficiency at Scale: Obama’s New Organizers and Data Scientists

The election of President Obama in 2008 was by no means always the expected outcome. As analysts look back and analyze what gave him the edge over strong candidates such as Hillary Clinton in the primaries and then John McCain, many point to the Obama’s team of “New Organizers”. Four years later, the re-election of Obama…

Privacy, the Filter Bubble and Social Networking: Some Difficult Tradeoffs

Presumably, everyone values their privacy. The way the internet and the online is evolving, suggests otherwise. Never before in history has so much information about individuals been available so easily on a platform. People willingly share information online with their friends, acquaintances, and very often, even strangers. So does that mean, people have suddenly stopped…

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky – The Psychological Underpinnings of the Internet and its Implications for Society and Power

Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, does an excellent job of describing the psychological underpinnings of the internet and its implications for organising and distribution of power. He begins by framing our understanding of the evolution of the internet.  From a point where the internet was seen as a…