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East-West Divide on the Web: Different Needs, Different Stories

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presentation by Evgeny Morozov at European bloggers Unconference in Amsterdam during Picnic CrossMedia Week, late Sept 2007

presentation by Evgeny Morozov at European bloggers Unconference in Amsterdam during Picnic CrossMedia Week, late Sept 2007

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  • 1. East-West Divide on the Web Different needs, different stories by Evgeny Morozov, September 27, 2007
  • 2. Source: Valleywagl Are we talking past each other? Source: Valleywagl Source: Valleywagl
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      • 1. DailyKos
      • 2. BoingBoing
      • 3. LiveJournal
      • 4. Michelle Malkin
      • 5. Porn
      • 6. Sports
      • green —one-way links
      • blue —reciprocal links
      • source: Discover Magazine
  • 4. How receptive is the Internet to non-English speakers?
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  • 7. Whose story is more important? or
  • 8. Pictures not words
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  • 15. The “true” history of Web2.0
  • 16. But this “cartoon” means almost nothing to most users in the developing world...
  • 17. Same tools; different causes vs
  • 18. Chocolate shops around the world
  • 19. Or land distribution in Bahrain?
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  • 21. Mobile phones are an even better example
  • 22. Different needs drive different uses
    • Mobile Reporting (voices of africa)‏
    • Mobile Financing (mukuru.com)‏
    • Mobile Health (data transfer; connecting clinics)‏
    • Mobile Trade (connects buyers and sellers via SMS to price)
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  • 35. Ambivalence of Technology “ technology is not a thing in the ordinary sense of the term, but an "ambivalent" process of development suspended between different possibilities... technology is not a destiny but a scene of struggle. It is a social battlefield...[it's] a parliament of things on which civilizational alternatives are debated and decided” Andrew Feenberg
  • 36. Subversive rationalization “ Differences in the way social groups interpret and use technical objects are not merely intrinsic but make a difference in the nature of the objects themselves. What the object is for the groups that ultimately decide its fate determines what it becomes as it is redesigned and improved over time...” Andrew Feenberg
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  • 38. Whoever is capable of this
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  • 40. is also capable of this...
  • 41. and this...
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  • 44. Thank you! Questions?