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Watch Erik Hersman’s Keynote on IxDA | Interaction ‘11 Conference

Erik is the co-founder of Ushahidi (which means “testimony” in Swahili), a web application created to map the reported incidents of violence happening during the post-election crisis in Kenya. Currently, he is working with a team of mostly-African programmers to continue development of this new free and open source platform that makes it easier to crowdsource crisis information and visualize data […]

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US State Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton “Remarks on Internet Freedom” at the Newseum

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered remarks on Internet Freedom on January 21, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at the Newseum, in Washington, D.C.; Secretary Clinton’s policy address laid-out the Administration’s strategy for protecting freedom in the networked age of the 21st Century […]

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Watch the trailer of Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Short “China’s Unnatural Disaster”, from HBO

If you’re in China, you probably won’t be able to watch the HBO documentary “China’s Unnatural Disaster” which chronicles the aftermath of the Sichuan Quake from the perspective of the grieving parents. You can — at least — watch the trailer here […]

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Watch Lalitesh Katragadda’s “Making maps to fight disaster, build economies” talk at TED

As of 2005, only 15 percent of the world was mapped. This slows the delivery of aid after a disaster — and hides the economic potential of unused lands and unknown roads. In this short talk, Google’s Lalitesh Katragadda demos Map Maker, a group map-making tool that people around the globe are using to map their world […]

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Watch Ben Shneiderman’s “Science 2.0: The Design Science of Collaboration” Seminar on People, Computers, and Design at Stanford University

Advancing Science 2.0 will require a shift in priorities to promote intense collaboration, integrative thinking, teamwork-based education/training, and case study ethnographic research methods. Science 2.0 will reduce the gulf between basic and applied research, while bringing theory and practice closer together. This talk lays out an ambitious vision that will impact research funding, educational practices, and democratic principles […]

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Watch Bill Gates’ “A New Kind of Philanthropy” talk at TED

Bill Gates hopes to solve some of the world’s biggest problems using a new kind of philanthropy. In a passionate and, yes, funny 18 minutes, he asks us to consider two big questions and how we might answer them […]


Watch Afterquake’s “Sala” Video

The following video, produced by Sexy Beijing and posted on Danwei, is part of Abigail Washburn’s Afterquake project, in which she creates music with children from the earthquake-affected areas of Sichuan:

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Steven Pinker’s “A brief history of violence” talk at TED

Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence […]

China Consumer Behavior

China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: spending still strong and accelerating

The increase in China’s retail sales volume exceeded 20 percent year on year in the last eight months and is still accelerating, enough to sustain economic growth above 9.5 percent for the rest of the year, a HSBC report said. According to the report ‘China Economic Spotlight‘ released on recently, consumer spending has performed strongly despite the slowing economy, the disastrous earthquake and the cancellation of the May Day golden week…

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e-Commerce in China: dot-com economy grew over 60 percent year on year in the second quarter/2008

China’s dot-com economy grew nearly 63 percent year on year in the second quarter, despite increasing inflation and the effects of the Sichuan earthquake, a Shanghai-based research firm reported recently. Revenue generated by China’s online search, game and travel providers reached 13.32 billion yuan (US$1.94 billion) in the April-to-June period, iResearch said…