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I got published in Mashable. Did a piece called "Search Stereotypes: What Web Content Reveals About Cultural Biases" I've included the text below. Overall, I've become increasingly more obsessed with discovering human patterns. I love showing how "normal" we are, even when we think we are not being normal. In may ways, it makes me realize that humanity is entering a phase where its finally beginning to really know itself, like a collective brain.
The Semantic Web is a "man-made woven web of data" that facilitates machines to understand the semantics, or meaning, of information on the World Wide Web. The concept of Semantic Web applies methods beyond linear presentation of information (Web 1.0) and multi-linear presentation of information (Web 2.0) to make use of hyper-structures leading to entities of hypertext.
You can read the Community Manager article on their site, or below. The article was published on June 29, 2011.
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This past weekend, I attended Create or Die 2 - an unconference focused on hacking projects that will bring in more diverse voices to the media ecology.
While I was on the organizing committee, nothing prepared me. It wasn't just an event - a movement was born.
It was a gathering of like-minded souls from across all age groups, ethnicities, parts of the country, races, industries. The only thing we seem to share in a common was some type of spark and passion for transforming the world around us. Have you ever tried to describe who you would invite to your perfect party? Well, this even was just that:
A cast of super interesting, complex, "doers," who are artists, technologists, writers, academics, activists, who like to play with others, and are gifted at transforming the world around them. Did I also mention that many come from communties of struggle?
This is an article I wrote for WiredLatinos.
A recent study by the Wikimedia Foundation revealed that only 13% of all Wikipedia entries are written by women. This is alarming for many reasons, but mostly because Wikipedia is an important information tool world-wide, and the lack of women indicates that knowledge construction on the site may be biased. Of course, true to its self-analytical nature, the Wiki community has already launched several initiatives to bring more women on board.
For early adapters, the study seemed more indicative of problems found not only on Wikipedia, but the web in general.
In the early 90s, many of us were attracted to the online world because of the alternative it provided to mainstream channels – lets admit it, most of us were considered quite “unique” back then. As the internet grew, it began to serve more as a type of mirror that reflected human nature than as a virtual gathering ground for geeks, misfits, and technologists.
And loved it. The article, Shankbone's Wikipedia Photo Portraits Spread Like Wildfire, is exactly the type of article I like to write because it allows me to explore the cultural changes taking place worldwide, which I feel few places are covering.