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Disruption or Disintermediation? The Nature of Change of Our Changing Nature.

The use of the word ‘disruption’ to describe the changes brought about by the ubiquity of computational devices and connectivity to the internet has become cliché. The term is useful in that it provides a rhetorical safety net by simultaneously describing everything and nothing, but its lack of precision inhibits technologists from achieving the goal […]

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What Will Latin America Bring to Davos?

As many of you know at the moment I work for the World Economic Forum. In this blog post I describe the individuals I am helping bring to our Annual Meeting in Davos. The theme of the 2013 meeting is “Resilient Dynamism”, and in the following post I discuss that topic within the context of […]

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When the U.N. Clashes with the Internet: The Crisis of Legitimacy of Representation

My latest blogpost comes via the World Economic Forum’s Blog. In it I discuss the crisis inherent in the recent conflict between the International Telecomunications Union and the members of the internet. I also discuss how this crisis manifests itself in both the news media as well as the private sector. Check it out here: […]

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Alberto Acosta, La Izquierda Unida y El Poder Transformativo del Internet en Ecuador

Los últimos anuncios de La Coordinadora Plurinacional de Izquierdas, liderado por el ex aliado del gobierno Alberto Acosta, denota como se esta evolucionando el país. Primero, la elección de la afro-ecuatoriana María Caicedo como binomio demuestra que los grupos minoritarios están cada vez mas visibles en la política ecuatoriana: tal como mencioné en mi ultimo […]

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Google V. The French Media: Who Will Surrender?

By Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo If you’re either a techie or a media junkie you’re likely aware that Google and the French media are currently barreling down the information highway in each other’s direction playing a high stakes game of chicken. Google, operating on the assumption that the French always surrender (do I need to say which side […]

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Y Ahora Que? Que Hacer en Venezuela Despues de la Eleccion de Chavez

Por Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo Acaban de llegar las noticias sobre la Victoria de Chávez y me quedo con un dolor parecido a un golpe en el estomago. Hace muchos años yo era uno de los muchos que le apoyamos a Chávez por que veíamos en el alguien capaz de hacer llegar las instituciones y recursos del […]

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Podcast Interview With Jorge Soto, Co-Founder of CitiVox

Interview With Jorge Soto

Here it is: my first ever self-produced podcast! I feel very fortunate that I regularly get to meet fascinating people doing amazing things to improve the state of the world. Jorge Soto is one of them and thus a fitting subject fora podcast. Jorge is the 27 year old co-founder of CitiVox, a Mexican Start-Up that uses technology to help citizens engage with government. Some of their projects include election monitoring, tracking of violence against journalists in Northern Mexico, making governments accountable to citizens, etc. 

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Why Revolutions Fail

An abridged version of this post exists for those less interested in reading about my personal connection to the topic. You can find it here. As a young man growing up on the far eastern edge of the North American continent, I hadn’t much experience of the outside world beyond the borders of the Canadian […]

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Why Revolutions Fail (Abridged)

This is an abridged version of a longer essay. You can find the original here. After dedicating a good chunk of the time and energy of my adult life to the idea of revolution I have come to an uncomfortable conclusion. I say “uncomfortable” because my current beliefs undermine a lot of my past beliefs […]

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The Role of Government in the Era of Crowdsourcing

My post this week comes via the World Economic Forum’s blog. Today I am discussing the changing role of government in the era of crowdsourcing. You can find the original post here: When the SpaceX Dragon Capsule touched down last week in the Pacific Ocean after its successful unmanned mission to the International Space Station, it brought […]

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