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What Is the <s>Matrix</s> Real World?

We're now starting the second keynote session with Sara Kiesler from Carnegie Mellon University. Her topic is the question of 'given ubiquity, what is the real world?' She starts out by discussing the topic of ubiquity in itself - this could mean ubiquity of access across society (and then access to what types of services - dial-up, broadband; email, Web, etc.?) or personal ubiquity (use of the Net in virtually aspects of everyday life, for a wide variety of purposes; in fact, people now equate 'computer use' with 'Internet use'). Sara's hypothesis, then, is that the online world is so intertwined with the real world that we cannot any more study the Internet as a unique entity.

Redrawing the Public Sphere

Finally had an opportunity to do some basic networking in the break. I really don't seem to have much success with technology at the moment, though - now even my mobile phone seems to be acting up! I came in late on Mattia Miani's presentation on electronic democracy in cooperative enterprises, so I'm not sure how much sense I'll be able to make of the rest of this talk.

Bloggers Unite

Yay, I've run into a fellow blogger, Lilia Efimova (and we've commiserated about not being able to do live blogging of this conference, in the absence of direct Internet access). Interesting to discuss approaches to coping with this.

Smashing the Paradigms: Ted Nelson

Ted NelsonAfter all of this, the first keynote of this conference will be delivered by hypertext veteran Ted Nelson. He basically begins by saying the present computer world is appalling - it is based on techie misunderstandings of human life and human thought, hidden behind flash user interfaces. The GUI (or for him PUI - park user interface) presents a cosmology which categorises all computer tasks into paper-based tasks. WYSIWYG, too, remains paper-based, of course - what you see is what you get when you print it out. (Developed, of course, by Xerox - what a surprise.)

Wireless and Wirelessless

University of Sussex LibraryAnd we're off … the first sessions at AoIR 2004 (about 8 running simultaneously) have started now. I'm in one on mobile phones and wireless access. Kakuko Miyata starts this session, speaking of Internet use through mobile phones in Japan. She has three research questions: who uses mobiles to access the Net, how do people use these media, and does the use of the Net increase their social capital?

Up Bright(on) and Early

The view from my hotel room, complete with collapsed pier.Well, I'm in Brighton now - staying right now at a hotel just on the famous beach before I transfer to the University of Sussex for the Association of Internet Researchers conference today. Lots of noise last night, though, which isn't what you want when you're sleeping off your jetlag, so I've decided to make the best of it and get up early for a bit of a walk along the beachside.

Usage Examples for an Internet Archive

We're on to the post-lunch sessions now - and the researchers' working group has been joined by the access working group. There are seven hypothetical usage cases for the archive which they've envisaged, and these will help us work out what the archive would need to be able to do.

Semantic Web on Steroids

Pierre Lévy now takes the discussion to another level; I heard him give a keynote at AoIR 2003 and was very impressed (and sufficiently confused at the scale of his project), so I'm looking forward to this.

Archiving the Danish Web

Niels Finneman is next, speaking about the archiving of Danish election sites which led on to the question of developing a national Danish Internet archive. They didn't find either the Australian or Swedish models appropriate for their purposes, and so tried to find a middle way.

Blog Archives?

Alex Halavais is next; he also presented at AoIR last year. He points out that a few years back hyperlinks rarely crossed national borders (other than into the US, I suppose), but this has been reducing over time. Language borders persist, of course, and continue to mean there is little linking across language borders.


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