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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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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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It’s Not About The Technology

By Matthew Carpenter-Arevalo In his ground-breaking novel “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Gabriel Garcia Marquez explores the evolution of the town of Macondo from its founding until what we assume to be its apocalypse. Having spent two years of my life reading and writing about the novel I have the urge to say that the […]

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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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Is Instagram worth a billion dollars?

You know what’s cooler than a million dollars?  What?  A Billion Dollars.  ­The Social Network So, is it? The short answer to the question of whether or not Instagram is worth a billion dollars is yes, it is, because that’s exactly the price Facebook was willing to pay for it. Did they overpay? Like the […]

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