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Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart

by Chad Wellmon, IASC: The Hedgehog Review – Volume 14, No. 1 Spring 2012

‘The history of this mutual constitution of humans and technology has been obscured as of late by the crystallization of two competing narratives about how we experience all of this information. On the one hand, there are those who claim that the digitization efforts of Google, the social-networking power of Facebook, and the era of big data in general are finally realizing that ancient dream of unifying all knowledge. … Unlike other technological innovations, like print, which was limited to the educated elite, the internet is a network of “densely interlinked Web pages, blogs, news articles and Tweets [that] are all visible to anyone and everyone.”4 Our information age is unique not only in its scale, but in its inherently open and democratic arrangement of information. … Digital technologies, claim the most optimistic among us, will deliver a universal knowledge that will make us smarter and ultimately liberate us.5 These utopic claims are related to similar visions about a trans-humanist future in which technology will overcome what were once the historical limits of humanity: physical, intellectual, and psychological. The dream is of a post-human era.6

For the full text of this substantive essay, please visit IASC: The Hedgehog Review – Volume 14, No. 1 Spring 2012 – Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart – Chad Wellmon.

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Google’s Michael Jones on How Maps Became Personal

by James Fallows, The Atlantic, January 3, 2013

In the past few years, the map has transformed from a static, stylized portrait of the Earth to a dynamic, interactive conversation. (An extended version of an interview from the January/February 2013 issue.) The entire concept of a “map” seems radically different from even a decade ago. It used to be something in a book or on a wall; now it’s something you carry around on your smartphone. Which changes have mattered most? And what further changes should we be ready for? James Fallows interview’s Google’s Michael Jones on How Maps Became Personal.

For the full text of the article, visit Google’s Michael Jones on How Maps Became Personal – James Fallows – The Atlantic.

FCC Street View Investigation A Target of House Approps Bill

From Politco Magazine’s Morning Tech, June 28, 2011:

“A provision tucked into a House bill that would set the FCC‘s 2012 budget could also require the agency to speed up its investigation into Google Street View. The key paragraph, inserted with the help of Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), would require the FCC to ‘report to the committee within 180 days of enactment of this act on its activities to deter, prevent and investigate allegations of privacy violations regarding the use of wireless broadband networks,’ according to the report of the financial service appropriations bill.” MORE HERE: http://politico.pro/mRtd0p

The Future of Social Networks and Geolocation

Thank you to Kevin Pomfret for passing these along via his Spatial Law and Policy Update (April 29, 2011):

Three interesting articles about the future of geospatial – each touches on some important legal and policy issues:
Kevin Pomfret
Executive Director
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