by Andrew Keen
On the Internet, sharing is a trap. Today's digital cult of the social - which encourages us all to share our ideas, our habits, our friends, even our possessions on the Internet - is an assault on the individual liberty of 21st century men and women. This talk - which draws off Keen's upcoming May 2012 book, "Digital Vertigo" (St Martin's Press) - exposes the illusions and delusions of social media ideologues and reveals the dangers of collective identity and behavior in our social media age. Just as Andrew Keen exposed the idiocy of the Web 2.0 revolution with his 2007 hit "Cult of the Amateur", this talk will reveal the idiocy of our Web 3.0 social revolution.
Services like Facebook and Google+ have ingratiated themselves into our online relationships through our social graphs. The problem is that the methods we use for connecting to each other is so divergent from reality, where awkward connection models become the norm. New emerging open source initiatives are driving a new chapter of the social web. This talk will explore the successes and failures of online relationship and sharing models, as well as the emerging technologies that are working to unify social interactions online, such as the Open Graph Protocol, Activity Streams, WebFinger, PubSubHubbub and the Salmon Protocol. As we look into these technologies, we'll explore how cultural identity concepts like tribalism play into how people group themselves innately online. Through grouping and emerging social standards, we'll see how next generation personalization techniques can be applied to user interactions online.
9th–13th March 2012