Facebook does not understand friendship

As we further hand over the management of our social relationships to Facebook, perhaps we need to pause for a moment and consider whether Facebook understands friendship.

holy crap, my world is flat!

This realization has crept upon me. Even though I’ve talked about the flatness of information structures before, I’m seeing a strong pattern emerge which is, well, kind of blowing my mind. Keep in mind, I am a serious structuralist.

Eventual inconsistency

A friend just sent me a link on ‘Eventual consistency’, a term used to describe a problem of syncing data between cloud servers. This was in response to some bizarre behaviour I have been noticing in Facebook. The term itself, eventual consistency,...

Corresponding in the social net

I must be getting old. I’ve been corresponding with a few people through Facebook’s messages and I’m finding the experience a little disheartening.

Why is Open Data difficult for Governments?

I’ve been asked this question a lot lately. And recently, a journalist asked me this during an interview for a story on his problem getting data on noise pollution from the Hong Kong Government. Christopher DeWolfe quoted me in the article, Hong Kong’s Silence on Noise Pollution.

informal publishing

The idea could be summed up as: don’t build a website. Do everything in your power to not focus on the structure of your information.

Working with OpenData at the JMSC

As a consultant at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre (JSMC) at HKU, I’ve been able to see some of the interesting work being done with Open Data here in Hong Kong.